grain free thanksgiving



Thanks and Giving and Turkey.  Sounds like a season of gratitude and fullness to me. And though it’s last minute, I know several of you won’t do your turkey day grocery buying until tomorrow so these recipes may come to the rescue for you. Being grain free doesn’t mean a holiday meal with zero joy and fulfillment.  It doesn’t mean a lack of flavor or homemade baked sweets.  Think of it newly.  Look at it newly.  And put these resources to good use for your grain free thanksgiving. Clients in for Nutrition Response Testing in the past weeks have been asking for recipes and direction around cooking real food for their holiday menus so I thought I’d put together a quick post.

The first two I will share are from Wellness Mama, and are two I look forward to making this year.  I’ve never been a fan of Green Bean Casserole though this one actually looks good to me.  Can’t wait to taste all the flavor.  And, dressing?  My mouth is watering looking at this recipe!

In full disclosure, these are recipes I have yet to try though they all come from reputable sources, meaning, I have tried recipes from these people before and have always liked them.

The basics:

–>Sweet Potato Custard Now my absolute favorite Sweet Potato Custard recipe comes from the Nourishing Meals cookbook, and I can’t find it online to share with you here though I will say this recipe looks like a close second.

–>Green Bean Casserole

–>Grain Free Dressing

–>Paleo Butternut Sausage Stuffing with Apples & Cranberries

–>Dinner Rolls  Believe me when I say I can hardly wait to try these.  They literally look too good to be true and though I haven’t tried this particular blogger’s recipes before, I read all the way through her recipe and she tags the Nourishing Meals team whose cookbooks is among my favorite top 3, so, no wonder!

–>Cranberry Sauce

–>Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Cinnamon Pecan Dish


Did someone say Dessert?

Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake

Mini Caramel Pecan Tarts-my mom would be a huge fan of these as she’s all things pecans.  The Texanerin blogger always turns out great food so I know this one will be a hit!

Grain Free Caramel Apple Tart

Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes


3 Tips for your Success:

1-Prep what you can ahead of time.  So much of our time (and subsequent burned items on the stove) is from not having everything prepped that could be, i.e., chop/slice/julienne/marinade/sift/grind/roast ahead of time.  For the record, ahead of time typically means days (not just hours) before your event you have taken the time to do the prep.  It will free you up to enjoy the cooking on your celebration day.

2-Cook for everyone.  I’m that person for our family.  I will make or bring something to most family functions that everyone can eat.  This means I am mindful of not only what my immediate family needs to focus on for food intolerances, but that I’m reaching out to support the needs of others as well.  Because I went thorough it many moons ago, I recall feeling like nobody will want to try my food because the ingredients are weird (e.g. REAL).  Guess what?  At least one person asks for the recipe every time I bring something.  Must be doing something right!

3-Enroll your kiddos.  There are plenty of tasks they can handle.  My girls are older, now 13 and almost 9, and they can do most everything in the kitchen.  They can bake anything, cook most things….now to get that 13 year old to master the grill!  When they were younger I found simple tasks for them to get them accustomed to participating in the prep of our meals.  Not only was this a great every day task but it has shaped them into super able humans in the kitchen.  They know where things are, they know what goes with what in terms of flavors, they aren’t afraid to try recipes that would seem intimidating to me due to a long ingredient list or a particular cooking method I don’t like.  Bottom line.  My girls are kitchen rock stars because of having mastered little tasks such as:  peeling vegetables, slicing fruit, juicing lemons and limes, shredding cheese or nutmeg, slicing and serving pieces of food, chopping with age appropriate tools, and then of course the cleaning up of washing/drying dishes or loading/unloading the dishwasher.

Hosting (or cooking for) a grain free Thanksgiving will be easier for you with these resources, tips, and recipes.

If you’ve got some grain free/dairy free Thanksgiving favorites, please share them here!



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