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.
4. Rosemary Apple Turkey
5. Caramelized Onion and Sausage Stuffing
No bread? No problem. Recipe here.
10. Buttery Thyme Turnip and Parsnip Purée
For all of your mashed potato needs. 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.
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.
32. Rainbow Chard with Shiitake Mushrooms and Wlid Garlic