A Paleo Thanksgiving

November 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

Next week is Thanksgiving! A day full of food where you can stuff yourself silly with unhealthy food, or choose to make a more health conscious decision. Most people use the 90:10 method when it comes to paleo, or even the 80:20 method – so many people would probably use Thanksgiving to use their 10% or 20%. If you’re visiting friends or family and have no choice but to consume what they’ve cooked, then that is fair enough. But if you have a say in the cooking, why don’t you make it paleo?! It may take a little more effort on your part, but it will taste better and be better for you! A while ago I would have thrown in the towel and gone with the unhealthy option, but finding out that I am gluten intolerant has changed my perception on how much I can cheat and whether an upset stomach is really worth it. Let’s go for quality and throw the french onions and canned soup in the donation bin.

There are dozens of paleo recipe websites out there, so you have hundreds of recipes to choose from. Here are some of my favourites. Some of the recipes contain butter, so I substitute it with coconut oil.
(If you are in the USA, I recommend coconut oil from Trader Joe’s. If you are in the UK, I recommend it from Holland and Barrett)

Green Bean Casserole
*Contains coconut, eggs

For mashed potatoes, substitute Cauliflower, Parsnips, or Fennel.
Who knew there were so many variations?!

Cranberry Sauce

Stuffing, without feeling stuffed
*Contains eggs, nuts

Sweet Potato Casserole or Butternut Squash Bake
*Contains eggs, and I would recommend adding pecans to the sweet potato casserole

Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust with Coconut Whipped Cream
*Contains nuts, eggs

Or if you want to switch up the tradition pumpkin pie, why not try Pumpkin Cheesecake?
*Contains nuts, coconut

Warm up with a healthier and cheaper Pumpkin Spice Latte, too.

Want Thanksgiving all year round? Make Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs!

Don’t forget to give thanks next week. Take a moment to be still, meditate on the past year, and receive appreciation for everything you have in your life: experiences, people, special moments, opportunities… Here is a fun way you can share what you’re thankful for.

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