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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 – omit sugar for Whole30
Spiced Olives – Whole30 compliant
Chopped Chicken Livers – Whole30 compliant
Spiced Nuts – omit sugar for Whole30
Savory Paleo Granola – Whole30 compliant
Pear and Bacon Bites – Whole30 compliant
Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon – Whole30 compliant
Golden Cauliflower Soup – Whole30 compliant
Cumin Roasted Carrots – Whole30 compliant
Balsamic-Grilled Butternut – Whole30 compliant
Coconut Almond Green Beans – Whole30 compliant
Mashed Cauliflower – Whole30 compliant
Mustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts – Whole30 compliant
Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Waldorf Salad
Velvety Butternut Squash – Whole30 compliant
Grain-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple-Vanilla Frosting
Sweet and Salty Fudge Bombs
Old-Fashioned (Grain-Free) Apple Cake
Spiced-Nut Vanilla Coconut Cream Ice Cream
Maple-Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons
Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs – Whole30 compliant
Taj Mahal Turkey Curry – Whole30 compliant
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Wow! Every single one of these looks wonderful.
I’m glad you think so!
Question about velvety butternut squash:
Is your recipe for 2 1/2 pounds of squash before or after roasting? (Is it for the squash itself or the flesh you are left with after cooling and scooping?)
In my recipes, I always list the weight before you’ve done any prep, so that’s 2 1/2 pounds whole and raw.
Thanks! I just made this casserole for my husbands work potluck. I didn’t weight the squash before roasting, but it only weighed a pound after . I added a pound of roasted sweet potato I had leftover . We will see how the Velvity Squash -Sweet potato casserole goes over today!!
Melissa, do you think the velvety butternut squash would work without the egg/with a chia egg instead? I’m allergic to eggs, to my everlasting dismay.
I’ve never made it with chia, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The other option is to just skip the egg/thickener, but double-bake the squash. It will have all the flavor and a similar, but not quite eggy texture.
wonderful! Thank you so much. Love the cookbooks, too.