Enjoy this year's best Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes. They are all easy to make, grain-free, and dairy-free. I have mapped out a whole Paleo Thanksgiving meal for you with recipes from bloggers across the USA and a few of my own.
I bet the Pilgrims had a Paleo Thanksgiving. Their turkey or venison was as unprocessed as it could be, a wild animal. They ate fish that were freshly caught. Their vegetables were vine-ripened and picked when they were ready to eat them.
Thanksgiving is a celebration in North America to commemorate the historical feast shared between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621, symbolizing a spirit of gratitude and unity. It has since evolved into an annual holiday in the United States, where people gather with loved ones to express thanks for blessings and share a festive meal.
What You Can Eat on A Paleo Diet
Say, "Yes" to pastured meat and eggs, wild-caught fish, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Catch it, cook it, and eat it to stay alive.
Fresh food is in, processed food is out, with a few minor exceptions.
Paleo diet restrictions include:
- No dairy (except butter)
- No refined sugar
- No processed meats
- No legumes (string beans, soy, peas)
- Sweet potatoes are allowed; white potatoes are controversial.
- No peanuts
- No grains (wheat, corn, sugar)
If you're hosting a holiday meal or Friendsgiving, check out the following delicious Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes. Whether you have a few paleo-leaning guests or you're trying to cook healthier, these recipes are great and you'll enjoy them.
Paleo Turkey Recipe
I have two juicy turkey recipes here. The first is for a whole turkey with thorough instructions from defrosting all the way through serving. The second turkey recipe is for a turkey breast. When roasted correctly, a turkey breast is moist and full of flavor and you'll have a lot of white meat, which many people prefer.
Healthy Turkey with Step-by-Step Directions
This recipe is very thorough. If you haven't made a turkey before, it could seem intimidating, but it's pretty easy. The key is to keep the turkey moist throughout the three-plus hours it will be in the oven.
Lemon-Herb Turkey Breast
If you have a lot of people coming to dinner, you might want to have an extra turkey breast. You can even roast this the day before Thanksgiving and heat it up before your big meal.
This turkey breast recipe is moist and delicious! In this recipe, the skin of the turkey breast is slightly lifted to get the seasonings between the skin and the meat. I like to do this when I make a roasted chicken or turkey. It gives the meat great flavor.
Sweet Potato Soup
Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Soup is ready in just 30 minutes. Made with minimal ingredients and warming spices for a spicy sweet soup.
This recipe for sweet potato soup is perfect for your paleo diet. Flavored with our favorite autumn flavors like ginger, garlic, and cinnamon, this soup is ideal for your holiday table. Finish with maple syrup for the perfect fall vibes.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes
This recipe makes smooth and creamy whipped sweet potatoes. The potatoes are seasoned with grass-fed butter, pumpkin pie spice, real maple syrup, sea salt, and a flurry of freshly ground black pepper. You don't have to be Paleo to enjoy this dish! These potatoes can take the place of sweet potato casserole. You will never miss the marshmallows!
Autumn Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Lacinto kale and arugula are tossed with Honeycrisp apple, pomegranate seeds, and candied almonds. Tossed with an apple cider vinaigrette, this is a flavorful healthy salad.
Stone Crabs with Mustard Sauce
The pilgrims were in New England eating cod fish, but if they were in the Florida Keys, they would have been eating stone crabs!
Stone crabs are the perfect seafood addition to your paleo Thanksgiving meal. The crab claws are served with a creamy mustard sauce and lemon wedges. The crab claws are wild-caught and the perfect appetizer course for a special holiday meal.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes are a wholesome dish that captures the natural sweetness and earthy flavors of this vibrant root vegetable. Oven roasting transforms the sweet potatoes into tender, caramelized bites with a slightly crispy exterior.
On a paleo diet, these sweet potatoes taste like candy. The crispy edges are the best part!
Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots
For a healthy grain-free side dish, cauliflower and carrots is a great dish with distinct flavors and textures. As the vegetables roast, the cauliflower develops a golden, slightly nutty taste while the carrots become tender, sweet, and caramelized.
A simple seasoning of olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme enhances the natural flavors, making this a tasty and nutritious side dish that's easy to prepare.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts are tender, caramelized mini-cabbages with a nutty flavor and crispy outer leaves, making them the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
Their earthy taste and crispy texture make them a popular choice for Thanksgiving!
Roasted Patty Pan Squash
Roasted patty pan squash is a delightful dish featuring cubes of tender patty pan squash seasoned with olive oil, herbs, and spices, oven-roasted until golden brown. Its nutty undertones and caramelized edges make it a unique and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
This classic Italian dish features fresh broccoli rabe, aromatic garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. This dish is loaded with flavor. Broccoli Rabe is a late fall favorite vegetable and an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and iron.
Paleo Thanksgiving Gravy
Paleo Thanksgiving gravy is a savory sauce made with bone broth and cassava flour. It is the perfect sauce for your turkey.
Paleo Cauliflower Stuffing
The best paleo stuffing recipe starts with cauliflower! This cauliflower stuffing tastes just like grandma's stuffing but without the grains. It takes 10 minutes to make and has all the right fall flavors. A hearty dish that is full of great taste, this is perfect for your holiday feast.
Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
In this paleo mashed potato recipe, cauliflower steps in as a nutritious substitute for russet potatoes. The cauliflower, accompanied by a whole head of roasted garlic, is blended in a food processor to create a nutrient-rich and flavorful mash.
Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Sweet and tangy, with pieces of cranberries, this Thanksgiving staple is sweetened with orange juice and maple syrup for a lower-sugar cranberry sauce recipe.
Paleo Desserts for Thanksgiving
This paleo pumpkin pie is a healthier twist on a classic dessert. Made with pumpkin puree, the velvety pumpkin filling is baked to perfection atop a luscious pecan crust, crowned with a maple pecan praline topping. This dessert is sure to satisfy both the pumpkin and pecan pie enthusiasts in your life.
This paleo apple crisp is a simple, healthy fall treat with a maple twist. It features a crunchy walnut topping and warm, sweet apples.
A healthy Thanksgiving dinner is within reach and you can enjoy healthier versions of all your favorite Thanksgiving classic dishes with a paleo twist.
Until I was 40 years old I thought everyone felt like they got run over by a bus after Thanksgiving and then I went gluten-free. A few years later I went paleo and then I went on the Kaufmann diet. The Kaufmann and paleo diets are very similar.
These recipes are all gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, except for butter, and I bet you'll feel better after dinner. No dinner rolls, no corn, mushrooms, or sugary desserts.
With our paleo Thanksgiving recipes, you can create a healthy meal that your friends and family will love. The holiday celebration starts with a great roast turkey recipe, cranberry sauce, gravy, and some root vegetables.
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Sending ❤️ love from our kitchen to yours!