Kidney-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays and family traditions seem to revolve around the dinner table. Yet, while eating is a favorite Thanksgiving day pastime, dialysis patients are all too aware of the impact holiday foods can have on their labs. This year, enjoy the foods you love without concerning yourself with the bad effects. has prepared a tasty menu packed with turkey and all the trimmings that’s perfect for those on the renal diet and a treat to guests who will never guess these dishes are low in sodium, phosphorus and potassium. The easy-to-follow recipes are designed to provide maximum flavor and minimal effort.

Of course, if you’re invited to eat with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you may want to prepare a few of the appetizers and side dishes to bring along. This ensures you’ll have kidney-friendly foods you can enjoy. Many times family and friends want to be supportive and provide foods that adhere to the dialysis diet, but they’re not sure what to cook. You can feel confident recommending these 16 taste-tested recipes that will be delicious to everyone gathered around the Thanksgiving table. For an easy way to organize the recipes, save them to DaVita Diet Helper, the online way to manage a kidney diet.

Please remember when dining on this special holiday to watch your portions. Each recipe shows the recommended serving size for the general renal diet. When eating the portions indicated you will be within the guidelines of most renal diets. As always, talk with your doctor or dietitian about your individual dietary restrictions before trying any recipe.

Everyone at wishes you safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving day menu


Salad & dressing

Main entree