A Paleo Thanksgiving
So you’ve taken the plunge and committed to the Paleo diet. It’s worth doing, and it’s a life-changing experience. You look better, you feel better, and you’re still eating well. That’s great and all, but not everybody in the world is Paleo. That concept probably comes into sharp focus if you’re the one hosting Thanksgiving this year. What should you do? Should you drop Paleo for the day and go traditional, or should you be defiantly Paleo, regardless of the consequences?
Don’t worry, it’s not a binary choice. You can stick to the diet when it comes to your Thanksgiving meal preparations, and still serve an incredible dinner that friends and family will remember years later. We’ll give you a few suggestions for dishes, and with a quick search on your favorite online search engine, you’ll be able to find easy and tasty recipes.
- We’re big fans of bacon around these parts, and considering the artisan bacon we offer, it’s no wonder. A solid appetizer is bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts. It’s ridiculously easy to put together, the pairing of salty bacon and bitter brussels sprouts is amazing, and you can help to remove the unfair food stigma these poor sprouts have had to endure.
- Hummus can be Paleo-friendly, and you can prove it with spicy sweet potato hummus. This appetizer is perfect for the autumn season, and the sweet and spicy flavor contrasts will get your guests attention.
- Speaking of sweet potatoes, try maple-nut topped sweet potato casserole. It’s the healthy alternative to the marshmallow topped candied yams you had as a kid, but the decadent and sweet flavor you’re after is still there.
- While stuffing is incredible, it’s not exactly in line with the Paleo diet. However, try Paleo grain-free stuffing. Instead of bread, you’re using a blend of sausage, sweet potatoes, an assortment of vegetables, and bacon.
- Not to worry, you can still indulge in the traditional turkey. Roasting it with turmeric and honey glaze gives you a bird that’s tasty and extremely moist. Smoking the turkey can be involved, and you’ll need 12 hours to brine it and at least 2 hours to cook, but the end result will floor your guests. Finally, remember how we said we’re fans of bacon? A bacon-wrapped turkey can be a little tricky, particularly when it comes to the “weaving” of the bird’s bacon jacket. But you’ll end up with a turkey that will be talked about for years to come.
- Tradition demands pie for dessert on Thanksgiving. No big thing, since you can serve mini Paleo apple pies. The filling is a mix of apple, honey, spices, and vanilla. With a bit of patience, you can also make crusts that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free to hold it in and look spectacular.
- Instead of pumpkin pie, try pumpkin spiced donuts. They’re a little lighter than pie, but they’re exploding with flavor that’s a mixture of spicy and sweet. These gooey treasures pair up beautifully with a scoop of your favorite Paleo ice cream.