My Favorite Paleo 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, I’ll be in Prague!

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_592Pumpkin-Spiced Pepitas – omit sugar for Whole30

olivesSpiced Olives – Whole30 compliant

spicednutsSpiced Nuts – omit sugar for Whole30

nye_snackSavory Paleo Granola – Whole30 complient

pearandbaconbitesPear and Bacon Bites – Whole30 compliant


bacon_soupSweet Potato Soup with Bacon – Whole30 compliant

goldencauliflowersoupGolden Cauliflower Soup – Whole30 compliant



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACumin Roasted Carrots – Whole30 compliant

balsamic_grilled_butternut-1 2Balsamic-Grilled Butternut – Whole30 compliant

Coconut-AlmondGreenBeans1-e1331749320484Coconut Almond Green Beans – Whole30 compliant

mashedcauliMashed Cauliflower – Whole30 compliant

mustard_garlic_brussels_sproutsMustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts – Whole30 compliant

cranberries2Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce

cranberrywaldorfCranberry Waldorf Salad

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVelvety Butternut Squash – Whole30 compliant



cakeGrain-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple-Vanilla Frosting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASweet and Salty Fudge Bombs

applecake1Old-Fashioned (Grain-Free) Apple Cake

coconuticecream1Spiced-Nut Vanilla Coconut Cream Ice Cream


turkeymeatballs1Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs – Whole30 compliant

taj_mahal_chicken-1Taj Mahal Turkey Curry – Whole30 compliant



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