Pass the, um, salad?
You’re on a restricted diet, so the safest food at any family gathering is always the salad (hold the dressing, please). Even if you’re the one cooking you may feel inclined to make food that everyone else wants to eat. Again, leaving yourself with just another salad.
On holidays like Thanksgiving, it can be even more difficult to cook for a crowd when you’re on a special or medically-necessary diet. But who says you still can’t please everyone?
I’ve got you covered with a list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes the whole family will love—no plain salads here!
4 Traditional and Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Clean Green Bean Casserole (Paleo and Vegan)
Yup, it’s possible! Blanch your green beans and toss them with a homemade dairy-free cream sauce. Layer on the caramelized onions.
Paleo (or Vegan) Sweet Potato Casserole
This recipe is really flexible, so you can make adjustments depending on your personal preferences. Either way, the result is a creamy sweet potato dish filled with all those fall flavors you and your guests are looking forward to.
“Cornbread” and Sausage Stuffing (Grain-Free, GAPS, and Paleo)
You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without the stuffing, right? To prepare this recipe, make the grain-free “cornbread” (it doesn’t actually contain corn) the night before. In fact, make a double batch so you have extra for breakfast.
Complete your meal with a traditional dessert. Prepare a homemade crust and fill it with a sweet and slightly spiced pumpkin puree mixture. Top it off with coconut whipped cream.
Additional Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
- Opt for a high-quality organic or heritage turkey.
- Forget the processed Tofurky if you don’t eat meat. Try pot pie or stuffed squash instead.
- Limit the appetizers so everyone is hungry for dinner.
- Serve butternut squash soup for an easy appetizer.
- Round out the turkey with the healthy Thanksgiving recipes listed above.
- Take a walk or play some football after dinner.
- Plate up the pumpkin pie.
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