Paleo and Whole30 Thanksgiving Recipes

Although Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I don’t have a hard and fast menu for what I think makes the perfect celebration. I mean, there was the year we ate Elvis sandwiches, and the year we just got take-out from a local restaurant, and the year we marked the occasion by having my thyroid removed. This year, we’re heading to Montreal for a quiet TGiving dinner with friends, followed by a feast at Joe Beef the next day.

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, pulled from my cookbooks and blog archives.

They’re all paleo-friendly, and I’ve indicated which ones are Whole30 approved. I hope they help make your holiday a little tastier! You might also want to re-visit my list of 10 Paleo Pumpkin Recipes.

Astute readers will notice that I didn’t cover turkey in this list. The sides are really my strong suit, so if you want ideas for roasting a gobbler, you might try these recipes for turkey and gravy from Nom Nom Paleo.


Pumpkin-Spiced Pepitas | meljoulwan.comPumpkin-Spiced Pepitas – omit sugar for Whole30

Marinated Olives | meljoulwan.comSpiced Olives – Whole30 compliant

Chopped Chicken Livers | meljoulwan.comChopped Chicken Livers – Whole30 compliant

Spiced Nuts | meljoulwan.comSpiced Nuts – omit sugar for Whole30

Savory Paleo Granola | meljoulwan.comSavory Paleo Granola – Whole30 compliant

Pear and Bacon Bites | meljoulwan.comPear and Bacon Bites – Whole30 compliant


Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon | meljoulwan.comSweet Potato Soup with Bacon – Whole30 compliant

Golden Cauliflower Soup | meljoulwan.comGolden Cauliflower Soup – Whole30 compliant


Cumin-Roasted Carrots | meljoulwan.comCumin Roasted Carrots – Whole30 compliant

Balsamic-Grilled Butternut SquashBalsamic-Grilled Butternut – Whole30 compliant

Coconut Almond Green Beans | meljoulwan.comCoconut Almond Green Beans – Whole30 compliant

Mashed Cauliflower | meljoulwan.comMashed Cauliflower – Whole30 compliant

Mustard Garlic Brussels Sprouts | meljoulwan.comMustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts – Whole30 compliant

Kickin' Cranberry Sauce | meljoulwan.comKickin’ Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Waldorf Salad | meljoulwan.comCranberry Waldorf Salad

Velvety Butternut Squash | meljoulwan.comVelvety Butternut Squash – Whole30 compliant



Grain-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple-Vanilla Frosting | meljoulwan.comGrain-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple-Vanilla Frosting

Sweet and Salty Fudge Bombs | meljoulwan.comSweet and Salty Fudge Bombs

Grain-Free Apple CakeOld-Fashioned (Grain-Free) Apple Cake

Spiced-Nut Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream | meljoulwan.comSpiced-Nut Vanilla Coconut Cream Ice Cream

macaroons_overMaple-Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons


Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs | meljoulwan.comTurkey and Cranberry Meatballs – Whole30 compliant

Taj Mahal Turkey Curry | meljoulwan.comTaj Mahal Turkey Curry – Whole30 compliant

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