Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Fall means it’s time for the holidays, including my favorite Thanksgiving Food Ideas.

Autumn is fantastic because the weather cools off, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and my Thanksgiving pies start going in the oven!

Thanksgiving Food Ideas

I can barely contain myself when this holiday comes around.

Elana Amsterdam with her Boys

I love that we have an entire day dedicated to gratitude, and I love celebrating with my darling  family.






Is Thanksgiving a Holiday?

So, if you’re wondering, is Thanksgiving a holiday, the answer is yes.

It is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada.

Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October, while American Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Healthy Keto Thanksgiving Recipes

I love that my Thanksgiving meal includes so many delicious superfoods. 

With the harvest of fall upon us, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to eat the rainbow.

Kale Prep Recipe

And so, each year, we have a variety of gorgeous, colorful dishes on the table, from the greens of kale and brussels sprouts to the orange of Pumpkin Pie, and the beautiful bright red of cranberry sauce.

All delicious superfoods that are easy to make, perfectly traditional, and incredibly healthy.

If you’re looking for Keto Diet Healthy Recipes, try my Keto Pumpkin Pie and many other hits below!

balsamic roasted turkey with apple stuffing gluten-free recipe

Recipe for Roasted Turkey with Balsamic

Wondering how to cook roasted turkey? My Recipe for Roasted Turkey with Balsalmic packs a flavor punch!

Take note –because of the balsamic vinegar, the turkey skin will be darker than a bird cooked in the traditional method.

Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Whether you’re gluten free or low carb, it’s a bummer to have to skip stuffing at Thanksgiving.

Don’t worry though, I’ve got you covered with my gluten free homemade stuffing recipe.

My Stuffing Homemade Recipe with Apples and Cranberries is similar to a traditional bread stuffing but spiked with the delicious flavors of apples and cranberries.

Several readers have told me that they love making stuffing using my recipe for Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread. While I haven’t tried that, I imagine it would be wonderful!

What’s your favorite type of stuffing?

Squash with Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts

Vegetable Side Dish for Thanksgiving

My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, other than dessert, is the vegetable sides!  Here are some of my favorites:

cranberry cherry sauce

Sides for Thanksgiving

It’s not all about the turkey and vegetables, there are plenty of other delicious sides for Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Sauce Orange Juice

My favorite cranberry sauce is a Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice recipe.

I find the sweet and tangy orange addition takes cranberry sauce to the next level.

Better yet? My four-ingredient cranberry sauce is a breeze to throw together.

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

If you’re wondering How to Make Cranberry Sauce, I have a step-by-step tutorial to help you out.

That easy recipe contains cranberries, honey, and orange zest, and is one the boys made often while they were growing up.

We’re all big fans of cranberries around here and my recipes keep it healthy by using minimal sweetener, letting the true taste of the fruit shine through.

Biscuits With Almond Flour

Biscuits with Almond Flour

This Biscuits with Almond Flour recipe is made with six ingredients.

All you need is almond flour, coconut oil, egg, honey, salt, and baking soda. 

You can tell I love simple recipes, especially on a holiday where the most important part is spending time with my family, and of course, making time to get out on a quick hike!

Thanksgiving Pies

Saying that we love pies in this house is a major understatement! 

And we love them even more during fall.

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Homemade

My younger son’s favorite is my Pumpkin Pie No Bake! Yes, I’m saving you oven space on Thanksgiving with this amazing no-bake pie.

Made with freshly roasted pumpkin, healthy fat from coconut, and a hint of maple syrup, this pie is low carb and perfect for those in need of Keto Diet Healthy Recipes.

chocolate pecan pieRecipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie

My husband’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition is Chocolate Pecan Pie and I make my special healthy version for him every year.

This five-ingredient filling (eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and pecans) cradled in my Almond Flour Pie Crust couldn’t be more heavenly.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies Recipe

Thanksgiving Recipe Desserts

What’s better than a chocolate chip cookie? A nut-free, egg-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie!

If you’re looking for some other unique recipes for the holidays, check out my Thanksgiving Desserts.

There you’ll find delectable recipes for the below and more!

low-carb turkey hash

Thanksgiving Recipe Leftovers 

There’s nothing better than waking up the day after Thanksgiving to a fridge full of leftovers.

If you are wondering what to make with turkey leftovers, I’ve got the perfect solutions for you.

Ideas for Leftover Turkey

I love making Turkey Chili, or when the family is in the mood for something more simple, a classic turkey soup.

Alternatively, my Recipe for Turkey Hash is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner folded into a savory leftover Thanksgiving remix.

Onion, squash, and turkey come together to make the most flavorful Thanksgiving recipe leftovers.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Vegans

Don’t worry, I have some great recipes for the vegans in your life too. Check out my:

Thanksgiving Recipes for Vegetarians

And if you’re a vegetarian, you can use the recipes for vegans above as well as the vegetarian items below:

Thanksgiving Recipes Easy

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a time of gorging on unhealthy fare or sitting at the table watching others eat and feeling deprived.

With my healthy Thanksgiving recipes, you can enjoy grazing and being full without the high-carb hangover.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food or tradition? Leave a comment and let me know!

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72 responses to “Thanksgiving Food Ideas”

  1. This will be my second completely paleo Thanksgiving – it was a hit last year and I do a week long grazing of Thanksgiving food items instead of a huge stuff yourself day but Thanksgiving Day usually has the the turkey. Of course, I have already started on the desserts–gotta test those extra, how else are you going to get into the proper frame of mind???

    I have not traveled or hosted in several years so this makes so much more sense, I can eat and everyone who visits or stops by likes my food, whether they know it is paleo or not.

  2. I commend you for giving up chocolate for someone who makes so many chocolate treats!! Love your recipes!!! And your cook book! Perfect for this paleo family!

  3. I have been gluten free for 7 years due to a diagnosis of celiac disease and have been trying to be Paleo for the past year due to other autoimmune issues. I have had a lot of success with the recipes on this blog. However, it seems like everyday there is another list of foods not to eat. Most people who post seem to embrace this as an exciting challenge. Does anyone else mourn all the foods they can no longer eat? This is getting so limiting I find it discouraging.

    • I agree completely. I found myself teetering on the edge of an eating disorder, so unsure was I of what I *could* eat. It is very very frustrating!!

      • Trisha and Karen, I eliminated so many foods in 2001 and over the years have slowly added back in very dark chocolate, nightshades, cheese, and eggs :-)

  4. Hi Elana,

    I am eating “mostly” a Paleo diet. Dairy/wheat free and mostly grain-free, for example. I am having difficulty with some baked goods. I usually base cake/cookies on pumpkin and work from there. However, I have developed anaphylaxis to several nuts. Ironically NOT peanuts, which of course are a legume. So Brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds are absolutely out. I am giving my body a break from nuts for a while, hoping not to set off an allergy to other nuts. It was years from becoming allergic to Brazil nuts, then hazelnuts, then gradually almonds, etc.

    So, with all that said, what would you recommend I use in place of almond flour? I use coconut milk in place of almond or soy milk. Could I substitute a smaller amount of coconut flour for the almond flour?

    Your suggestions would be appreciated!

    Thank you,


  5. About chocolate: Do you know about a company called MXI that produces Xocai RAW dark cacao products using a cold process (done in Belgium)…retains nearly all its antioxidants, and most of their raw dark cacao products are sweetened only with berry blends, including acai, blueberries etc. Check them out on the web!

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