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. I am working my way towards paleo again. I was before I got married, then fell off the wagon. I didn’t know how to blend my food with my husband’s tastes for the SAD diet and simply was tired of cooking two meals every night. Thank you so much for making a thanksgiving menu! It just might work for him ;)

  2. My family loves sweet potatoes and in the past I’ve always made a sinfully delicious recipe loaded with marshmallows and brown sugar. This past week I experimented with mashed garlic sweet potatoes. They were very good. I think I will be making them for Thanksgiving. All I did was microwave the sweet potatoes to cook them. Then I scooped out the potato and put it in a dish mixing them up good to mash them. I added a half cup of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of butter, a half teaspoon of salt, and about a tablespoon of minced garlic. Mix it all up good, and they were yummy!

  3. Hello Elana,

    I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. I love the cooking very much. I like to cook many new thing for every occasion. Now learning some recipes for thanksgiving occasion.

  4. Hi Elana,

    I am on the same page as you regarding diet for the most part and thus love your abundance of recipes and frequently pull up your site on my Iphone in the kitchen when needing a certain dish.

    Recently, a local nutritional teacher (who has helped many folks around here with chronic illness including cancer and inflammatory conditions), has been warning about the effects of all nuts on our liver and pancreas as they are lectins and not meant to be eaten in excess. Knowing that you do extensive research on these things, I was wondering if you have some positive news on almond flour that would help legitimize it for me? Did I mention I LOVE your recipes and don’t want to give them up? He says nuts can only be eaten in very, very small amounts only now and then and only with coconut oil to help get it through our system, if we must have them at all.

    Help. I will say that I have a good diet, exercise well, but still cannot seem to get rid of some pain now and then in my upper stomach so I am curious if this is the issue!

  5. Hi Elana!

    I just found your site through a Swedish Internet book store :) (just got your books) and I think it’s amazing! Thank you for sharing all the great tips and recipes.

    I read that you avoid agave since it tends to bloat you. I have noticed that agave is used in a lot of your recipes – is there a substitute one can use instead?

    Yours sincerely,

  6. What is there left to eat on the Paleo diet? I am gluten and dairy free. Please advise how to find out what to eat? Elana, do you have any other Paleo diet recipes available? Any help from anyone else is greatly appreciated, especially if taking out nightshades? I feel like this is too limiting. Why no grains or legumes either – they are supposed to be healthy food for vegans. Not sure which direction to turn. Please help! Thank you!

  7. I have suffered for many years being unable to eat wheat and gluten and having “gluten free” never worked for me, and then one day I found almond flour and never knew what exactly to do with it. So it was a constant struggle and disappointment to be eating healthy but no way of knowing how to make it taste good and wanting to always be “normal”. I often would eat things that would make me sick, just to seem normal. Thank you so much for your recipes! You gave me the first Thanksgiving ever where I could eat deliciously and not be harming my body and everything I made was so delicious my non-gluten free family was trying to eat my food over theirs. I will never go back to making myself sick again! You and your recipes are a g-d send! Thank you!

  8. My mother in law made the pecan pie…I tried it cold and then warmed up in the microwave. What a difference warming it up made. It tasted like the regular pecan pie

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