The greatest feast of the year is coming up soon, and those who follow specific eating styles are often torn about what they can enjoy on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, this is easy for Paleo people, because there are creative loopholes, natural variations, and Paleo-friendly substitutes for all of the Thanksgiving favorites. These creative Paleo Thanksgiving recipes show the spectrum of interesting and healthy foods that are possible on the Paleo-lifestyle.
Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
Highly rated on PaleoOMG.com, this clever recipe combines several notable Thanksgiving flavors into a complex side dish that’s easy to handle. The gist of the recipe involves an hour of cooking, combining, and re-cooking various ingredients in an oven, so it shouldn’t be too much to handle for even the most novel Paleo chef. Since the finished project is a compact easily-grabble biscuit, you may want to consider serving it with a Paleo dipping sauce like Caesar or BBQ.
Kale and Cranberry Toss
An easy and fresh twist on one of the sweetest ingredients of Thanksgiving, the Kale and Cranberry Toss presents cranberries in a new light. With white wine vinegar, grated orange zest, and pumpkin seeds adding variety to flavor and texture, this is sure to be the most memorable salad at any event. During a feast where rich, heavy foods are prevalent, people will be relieved to see a light and flavorful side dish like this at Thanksgiving.
Paleo Sausage, Apple & Cranberry Stuffing
This recipe for Paleo Sausage, Apple, & Cranberry Stuffing is devoid of bread, which will set it apart from other stuffing variations at holiday get-togethers. Another case of the main three ingredients being cleverly displayed in the name of the recipe, the apple and cranberry each add a bit of tart to this perfect variation of a Paleo Stuffing for Thanksgiving. The cranberries requested in the recipe are dry, so remember to ensure that your dried fruit is Paleo-safe and sugar-free.
Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”
As a lower-calorie substitute for mashed potatoes, this recipe for Mashed Garlic Cauliflower from Nom-Nom Paleo involves only six ingredients. Depending whether your version of Paleo allows the use of grass-fed butter, Ghee is also available as a substitute. Another key factor in this recipe for mashed garlic cauliflower is the consistency. If not grounded up thoroughly, then chunks of cauliflower will be noticeable in the final dish, so grinding to a smooth, even texture is recommended.
Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprouts
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without at least one or two warm vegetable dishes, and this variation is certain to be among the most interesting options. Featuring a popular nut, meat, and veggie, Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprouts offers a mix of smoky and bitter flavors from the bacon and sprouts, and follows with pecans that alter the consistency by adding crunch. This mixture is simple, but each of the few ingredients brings enough flavor and appeal to make this one of the best easy veggie dishes for Thanksgiving.
A Paleo Thanksgiving
With a wide-variety of grain-free recipes available this Thanksgiving, there is no reason for Paleo fans to compromise their diet for a good time. Just a little planning ahead and time set aside for cooking can ensure that your Paleo dishes will rival even those of the most hardcore Thanksgiving traditionalists. Whether you’re in charge of bringing a side dish, dessert, or the whole turkey, Paleo has an answer that’s natural, healthy, and uniquely delicious.