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33 Recipes For A Paleo Thanksgiving

Bacon-wrapped turkey should silence the haters.

WHAT EXACTLY IS PALEO?


The Paleo diet is built around the principle of “eating the way our ancestors ate.” It can get confusing, and there are some grey areas , but for the most part, these are the rules:

NOT PALEO: Dairy, grains, processed sugars, white potatoes, legumes*, alcohol.

PALEO APPROVED: Meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, certain unprocessed sweeteners and sugars (honey, maple syrup, and agave are OK).

This presents a little bit of a challenge on Thanksgiving, a holiday that traditionally involves gluten-filled bread stuffing and lots of butter. But, with the right recipes, it’s possible to have a holiday dinner with all of your favorite Thanksgiving staples.

*Legumes include beans, lentils, and peanuts

1. Duck Fat Roasted Turkey

Using duck fat instead of butter makes for a super moist, Paleo-friendly bird. Recipe here.

If you want to brine your turkey, here is a Paleo brine.

2. Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Recipe here.

3. Cranberry and Almond Upside Down Cakes

Recipe here.

4. Rosemary Apple Turkey

Yes, balsamic vinegar is primal. Just make sure you choose one that’s pure, not laced with added sugar. Recipe here.

5. Caramelized Onion and Sausage Stuffing

No bread? No problem. Recipe here.

6. Bacon Butternut Squash Soufflé

Recipe here.

7. Paleo Cornbread Stuffing

Recipe here.

8. Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Recipe here.

9. Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Recipe here.

10. Buttery Thyme Turnip and Parsnip Purée

For all of your mashed potato needs. Recipe here.

11. Paleo Pumpkin Pie with a Pecan Crust

Recipe here.

12. Green Bean Casserole

Recipe here.

13. Paleo Pecan Pie Tart

Recipe here.

14. Brussels Sprout and Bacon Slaw

Recipe here.

15. Stuffed Turkey Breast

No shame in not wanting to roast an entire bird. Recipe here.

16. Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

Made with almond flour-based bread, this is about as close to traditional stuffing as the Paleo version gets. Recipe here.

17. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Recipe here.

18. Paleo Dinner Rolls

Recipe here.

19. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe here.

20. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

High quality dark chocolate is usually considered Paleo, but if that doesn’t sit well with you, just leave it out. Recipe here.

21. Paleo Cranberry Sauce

Recipe here.

22. Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing

Recipe here.

23. Chewy Pecan Brittle

Recipe here.

24. Cranberry Cherry Relish

Recipe here.

25. Brussels Sprouts Chips

Recipe here.

26. Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon

Recipe here.

27. Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic

Recipe here.

28. Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

A good way to start. Recipe here.

29. Coconut Oil Deviled Eggs

Recipe here.

30. World’s Best Paleo Gravy

Recipe here.

31. Roasted Vegetable and Arugula Salad

Recipe here.

32. Rainbow Chard with Shiitake Mushrooms and Wlid Garlic

Recipe here.

33. Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Recipe here.

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