A completely Paleo Thanksgiving menu –all gluten free, grain free and sugar free, including many delicious superfoods. Ten recipes for appetizers, salad, dinner, dessert and more.
For decades my father has said “eat the rainbow,” and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do just that. Each year, we have a variety of gorgeous, colorful dishes on the table, from the green of kale and brussel sprouts, to the orange of Pumpkin Pie (page 70 of [cookbook1]), to the bright red of cranberry dishes –so many deliciously prepared superfoods! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a time of gorging/deprivation; it can be a time of grazing and enjoying.
Although I have been grain free for close to 11 years, this will be my first purely Paleo Thanksgiving. Earlier this fall, I went Paleo and gave up:
- legumes -including peanuts
- dairy -including goat
- tomatoes -Dr. Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf indicate tomatoes contain immune disrupting lectins
- agave -I noticed that I tend to retain water when I consume this substance
- chocolate -accepted as a Paleo cheat; however, not sure if I can digest it, so cutting it for a bit
Still, this Thanksgiving will be one of celebration and abundance for us. We have eaten very well in the last couple of months since I went Paleo and we are all looking forward to a mighty hearty Thanksgiving feast.
Below are just some of the dishes I am thinking about making:
Rosemary Crackers with Fig Tapenade
Kale with Cranberries
Chestnuts with Brussel Sprouts
Mashed Cauliflower with Herb Gravy
Raw Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Balsamic Roasted Turkey
Paleo Pumpkin Bread
Are you staying Paleo or grain-free this Thanksgiving? What will you be making this year? What health challenges will you be facing over the holidays? Do you have a favorite recipe you want to tell us about?
Let’s chat and share strategies for surviving and thriving during the holidays.