Holidays are a time to honor traditions, get away our greatest recipes, and have a good time in excessive fashion. Nonetheless, it may’t be denied that the standard Thanksgiving menu is tough on these with dietary restrictions, and usually leaves most of us feeling as overstuffed because the turkey!
Years in the past I made a decision to reinvent our Thanksgiving menu and take it in a more healthy path. I can now say with confidence that with somewhat advance planning and follow it actually is feasible to host a scrumptious and wholesome Thanksgiving meal.
Not each recipe went completely on the primary strive, however I saved experimenting and now I can safely say none of us miss the normal variations of those grain-free and (largely) paleo Thanksgiving recipes.
The Thanksgiving Menu Plan
Right here is our favourite Thanksgiving menu, from our household to yours! In case you’d like to do that menu, I’ve included my full buying record beneath as properly.
Turkey (in fact!)
I quarter an onion and a lemon and place contained in the cavity earlier than tying. Then, I rub butter on the surface and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. I brown at 425 levels for about 15 minutes to seal within the juices. Then, I scale back the warmth to 325 and roast in line with the directions for the scale chicken.
Grain Free Stuffing
Roasted turnips and candy potatoes flavored with apples, celery, and onions. A good way so as to add some additional veggies to the meal and take a look at some scrumptious root greens. Hints of sage and thyme give it the normal style of stuffing with out gluten or synthetic substances.
Inexperienced Bean Casserole
Inexperienced beans topped with a home made (actual) cream sauce and topped with pan fried onions in a coconut flour batter. This recipe has all the flavour (and extra) of the normal model with out the mystery-soup-in-a-can.
Candy Potato Casserole
At our home, we a lot choose candy potatoes baked and topped with actual butter and sea salt, however should you just like the marshmallow-topped model, it is a good different. It’s topped with a home made egg and honey primarily based “marshmallow” that may be very comparable in style and texture. (It’s simply lacking that prime fructose corn syrup aftertaste…)
In case you love potatoes, by all means indulge, however we love this a lot decrease carb cauliflower model that makes use of pureed cauliflower and all of the seasonings of normal mashed potatoes for a scrumptious substitute. (Don’t fear, I left within the butter and cheese!)
A barely candy recipe that leaves out the “equal components sugar” in conventional recipes. Hints of orange and pineapple sweeten it naturally. Nice as a garnish on leftover turkey sandwiches.
Bacon and Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Who says children (or adults) need to dislike brussels sprouts? When roasted till carmelized and topped with bacon and sea salt, brussels sprouts can turn into a facet to struggle over!
Butternut Squash Soup
If you wish to serve a soup course, I like to recommend this one. We love this barely candy soup that tastes like Fall in a bowl!
Parmesan and Sea Salt Asparagus
A scrumptious facet that’s equally scrumptious when the leftovers are utilized in omelets the following morning. Even the children like asparagus this manner, and we often serve it with Hollandaise sauce.
Thanksgiving Dessert Choices
The a lot cherished Thanksgiving dessert will get a makeover with out the added sugar and a grain-free almond and pecan crust. (It’s additionally equally good for breakfast the following day!)
In case you aren’t a lot of a pumpkin fan or have to feed a much bigger group, this recipe has a delicate pumpkin style rolled right into a cheesecake.
A wholesome model made with coconut flour, a lot of eggs (protein!), and spices. Non-obligatory cream cheese frosting.
That is certainly one of my favourite grain free dessert recipes. With no refined sugar and many eggs for protein, it’s a comparatively wholesome dessert for particular events.
How one can Put It All Collectively (Step by Step)
Do the phrases “menu plan” ship chills down your backbone?
Right here’s easy methods to break Thanksgiving prep into 5 manageable steps, with a printable buying record for the above recipes included!
Step 1: Write Out a Thanksgiving Menu Plan (or Borrow Mine!)
About two weeks earlier than Thanksgiving, I pull up my vacation recipes in Actual Plans (the device that makes all my menu goals come true) and determine what I’m going to make. I additionally examine the pantry and ensure I’ve my staples that aren’t accessible regionally so I’ve time to order from my favourite on-line sources.
Doing this properly forward of time saves a lot stress. This manner I can store earlier than the shops get actually insane and make a lot of the dishes forward. Then, on Thanksgiving, I simply need to cook dinner the turkey, roast some veggies, and reheat the dishes I’ve made.
If reinventing a Thanksgiving menu seems like an excessive amount of, right here is my full printable buying record for a wholesome Thanksgiving menu.
Step 2: Store, Prep, and Chop
I head to the shop with my record about 5 days earlier than Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, buying is fairly easy (and reasonably priced) when you possibly can spend most of your time in simply the produce part of the shop. A lot of the gadgets on the record (brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and many others.) hold properly for days.
We plan for a day at dwelling after buying and I put my children’ knife expertise to work serving to me peel and chop the recent veggies. I additionally precook any veggies that might be blended into soup or casserole. (The Immediate Pot is useful for this!)
I save an additional bowl for chopped veggies for a simple Turkey Vegetable Soup to simmer the day after the large feast.
Step three: Brine That Turkey!
I don’t imply to be pushy, however actually … don’t skip this step! Brining is my favourite solution to obtain juicy, wonderful turkey each time. Grocery shops in fact do their very own brining with overly salty options with questionable substances (that you find yourself paying for because it provides to the load).
Some areas are higher than others for locating a neighborhood natural turkey, but when you may get your arms on one it’s value the additional planning and expense. A pastured turkey brined at dwelling simply can’t be beat for wonderful taste and texture.
A frozen turkey may even gradual defrost in a brine. By the point it’s defrosted, you might have an incredible juicy turkey prepared for roasting! I clarify easy methods to brine step-by-step on this put up.
Step four: Bake a Dessert (or Two)
Pumpkin and pecan pies are a Thanksgiving requirement in our home. Fortunately we’ve mastered grain-free variations of all of the desserts we love (and I’ve included a couple of extras beneath for good measure).
I often plan a while within the kitchen about 2 days earlier than Thanksgiving to make a number of of those from begin to end so they’re prepared for the large day. As my children grow old, a number of of them are capable of take cost of this … something within the identify of dessert!
For grain-free rolls, bake a batch or two of Coconut Flour Biscuits. We love them for making sandwiches with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce the day after Thanksgiving!
Step 5: Put It All Collectively
The day earlier than Thanksgiving, we assemble casserole, soups, stuffings, and mainly something that retains properly in a single day. I actually simply save the turkey and the asparagus for cooking on the large day, and reheat the remainder of the meals in batches within the oven.
On the finish of at the present time, the slicing board, blender, and some bowls want washing, however not a lot else!
Take pleasure in, and Pleased Thanksgiving!
What are your favourite Thanksgiving traditions? Will you utilize my buying record or recipes? Share beneath!