PALEO & WHOLE30 SCRUMPTIOUS THANKSGIVING RECIPES
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This year we plan to spend Thanksgiving weekend with my husband’s family here at our house. I would think it is rare for an entire family to be following a Paleo & Whole30 lifestyle. But I wondered if there was a way to do a Paleo/Whole30 Thanksgiving feast that everyone would enjoy whether they are following this primitive health philosophy or not. Here are some recipes worth trying that will allow you to remain on your diet or within your Paleo & Whole30 lifestyle, all the while pleasing everyone’s palate at the Thanksgiving table:
TURKEY AT THE TABLE:
Brining takes Thanksgiving turkey to the next level of culinary pleasure. A brine is a saltwater mixture that changes the cellular structure of the flesh, allowing it to absorb water. This makes the resulting turkey super juicy. When bringing a turkey, the longer the better. Brine anywhere from an hour to 12 hours in the refrigerator or in a cool place. The process of soaking the flesh in salted water causes the turkey to absorb some of the water through osmosis. This makes the resulting turkey extremely tender and juicy.
1 cup kosher salt
Water as necessary (depending on the size of your pot)
To make the brine, add a gallon of hot water to a pot large enough to fit a turkey or food-grade bucket. Add salt. Mix until salt is dissolved. Place whole washed turkey into the pot. Add more water to cover the turkey completely. Put the lid on the pot and set in the refrigerator or in a cool dark place until needed.
STUFFING AT THE TABLE:
PALEO & WHOLE30 VEGAN STUFFING (USING CAULIFLOWER): I found this Thanksgiving Paleo & Whole30 vegan stuffing recipe using cauliflower. Blogger Taylor uses her grandmother’s traditional recipe but replaces the bread with cauliflower. It’s brilliant! I’m sure everyone sitting at the table, Paleo or Whole30, or not will love to indulge in this stuffing knowing that they won’t be moaning in “bloated” pain!https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/cauliflower-low-carb-paleo-vegan-stuffing/
SWEET POTATO AND PORK STUFFING:
Chances are you might include mashed cauliflower to replace mashed potatoes in your Thanksgiving dinner. If that’s the case, then you will want other vegetables besides cauliflower included in your dinner. This is a colourful and tasty stuffing recipe (from Sabrina’s blog) that offers lots of sweetness to offset other dishes on the table. The stuffing includes pear, dried cranberries, and sweet potato. If you make this dish and are including wine, be sure the wine has some sweetness to match. Choose an off-dry white (off-dry Riesling for example) or off-dry rose. The sweetness in this stuffing can alter a dry wine’s lovely acidity and make it taste like paint thinner.https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/sweet_potato_pork_thanksgiving_stuffing/
SIDE DISHES AT THE TABLE:
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE: This is a decadent sweet potato side dish for your Paleo or Whole30 Thanksgiving dinner. Blogger Audrey follows a Paleo & Whole30 system that allows for unprocessed natural sugars, such as honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. If you are following a Whole30 diet and refrain from using these forms of sugar, try adding pureed fruit like apple sauce or no sugar added jams, such as apricot or marmalade. https://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com/paleo-sweet-potato-casserole/
ROASTED GARLIC MASHED CAULIFLOWER: For many years I’ve been making roasted garlic mashed cauliflower to replace mashed potatoes. I love London’s version, as the recipe is super simple and straight forward. The video also makes this dish even easier to prepare.
GRAVY AT THE TABLE:
Gravy is an important part of the Thanksgiving feast. Normally, the gravy is thickened with wheat flour, which is obviously not Paleo or Whole30 compliant. This gravy, however, is both Paleo & Whole30.
LEFTOVERS AT THE TABLE:
The day after Thanksgiving we use the leftover turkey and vegetables in all sorts of dishes. I thought I would share with you my breakfast dish using leftovers. It’s a Thanksgiving frittata!
PUMPKIN PIE AT THE TABLE:
I think pumpkin pie is an integral element of any Thanksgiving celebration. I’ve included my own pumpkin pie recipe using a product I have for sale on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca called FRESH DOH grain and gluten-free fresh pasta dough mix. This DOH mix makes not only fresh pasta, noodles, biscuits, and bread, but also delicious pie crust. As far as I’m concerned, crustless pumpkin pie is a crime that no Paleo & Whole30 blogger should commit. I NEED the crust! I hope you enjoy this pumpkin pie recipe as much as my husband does!