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33 Recipes For A Paleo Thanksgiving

Bacon-wrapped turkey should silence the haters.


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

3. Cranberry and Almond Upside Down Cakes

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

8. Roasted Pumpkin Soup

9. Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

10. Buttery Thyme Turnip and Parsnip Purée

For all of your mashed potato needs. Recipe here.

11. Paleo Pumpkin Pie with a Pecan Crust

12. Green Bean Casserole

13. Paleo Pecan Pie Tart

14. Brussels Sprout and Bacon Slaw

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

18. Paleo Dinner Rolls

19. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

22. Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing

Recipe here.

23. Chewy Pecan Brittle

Recipe here.

24. Cranberry Cherry Relish

Recipe here.

25. Brussels Sprouts Chips

26. Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon

27. Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic

28. Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

A good way to start. Recipe here.

29. Coconut Oil Deviled Eggs

30. World's Best Paleo Gravy

31. Roasted Vegetable and Arugula Salad

32. Rainbow Chard with Shiitake Mushrooms and Wlid Garlic

33. Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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