How to Make a Primal/Paleo Friendly Thanksgiving

Hey guys! Yeah, not a lot going on lately. Studying for finals, and doing the normal pre-final freak out. One thing more exciting I have been doing is putting together my primal Thanksgiving Menu!!!! A lot of people think that it would be hard, but honestly going through a lot of the CW recipes, they were easily turned primal with a few little changes. Ok so here is the menu just to give some ideas. No real recipes because honestly i just sort of guess and throw everything in or its pretty self-explanatory. I will however, give tips and the ingredients. And as promised, my paleo pumpkin pie recipe at the end 🙂

Roasted Turkey: The day before I rub garlic/rosemary/sage all over the turkey and let it sit overnight. Cover turkey in a light film of coconut oil then put into a VERY hot 500F oven for 30 mins. This will give the skin a nice browning. Then cover the top breast with foil, and place back in at 300F till cooked inside at the thigh at 160F (14 lbs is about 2.5 hours) During this time DO NOT open the oven, otherwise it will take forever.

Bacon Mashed Potatoes: If your one of those potato haters you can skip this one, but pretty much the trick here is to first bake your potatoes at 400F for an hour to get soft, then throw in a big bowl. Melt half a stick of butter, chop up as much applewood smoked thick cut bacon you want, throw in some chopped green onion (or leeks), some sautéed bell peppers and stir until smooth and delicious. The salt from the bacon/salted butter should be enough so be careful of over salting.

Italian Sausage Gravy: cut up sweet italian sausage into chunks, pan fry with some butter. Pour heavy cream in, throw in sage, rosemary and black pepper. Thicken slowly!!

Yellow Squash Casserole: Steam yellow squash, drain then smash in a bowl with 1/2 stick of butter and stir in a few eggs. pour in dish and bake at 350 till brown on top.

Big-Ass Salad: because…why not? I just throw a bit of everything in!! 🙂

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..

Paleo Pumpkin Pie (without crust, if you want crust there are many good recipes out there using almond flour)

4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Stevia extract
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut flour

Stir all together. Add nuts or raisins to taste
Bake at 350F for 30 mins.

I think also at Thanksgiving we remember to honor tradition and not lose it just because it’s not entirely Paleo. So invoking my 80/20 rule, I will also be making traditional corn bread stuffing. Its gluten free! Just exercising portion control, and managing to switch out some simple ingredients will make a huge difference in how you feel after your big meal. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “How to Make a Primal/Paleo Friendly Thanksgiving

  1. Oh yummy!! Thanks SO much for the pumpkin pie recipe! I’m allergic to nuts so can’t do the crust and this is the first “primal pie” recipe i’ve seen without it! You’ve totally made my night!! 🙂

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