How to Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu (Recipes + Printable)

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Holidays are a time to honor traditions, escape our greatest recipes, and have a good time in excessive fashion. Nonetheless, it could’t be denied that the standard Thanksgiving menu is tough on these with dietary restrictions, and customarily leaves most of us feeling as overstuffed because the turkey!

Years in the past I made a decision to take our Thanksgiving menu in a more healthy path. I can now say with confidence that it actually is feasible to host a scrumptious and wholesome Thanksgiving meal.

I can safely say none of us miss the normal variations of basic Thanksgiving recipes and actually desire the style and high quality of those simple however home made dishes.

Our Favourite (Wholesome) Thanksgiving Recipes + Menu Plan

Listed below are our favourite Thanksgiving recipes, from our household to yours! I tailored them again after I was fully grain-free and (principally) paleo, so they’re positively wholesome!

When you’d like to do that menu, I’ve included my full procuring record beneath.

Mother disclaimer: No, I don’t make all of those recipes from scratch yearly! That is only a record of our favorites we’ve compiled over time. Some years we’re extra motivated than others (learn: when it’s not a child yr or the yr of a worldwide pandemic).

Normally, I prioritize making the principle portion of the meal from scratch and maintain dessert easy. Even some recent fruit or grain-free chocolate chip cookies from Thrive Market retains my crew joyful.

Sufficient from me, let’s dive into all of the yummy recipes!

Appetizers

I wish to have these round whereas I’m cooking/baking… together with an excellent glass of wine after all!

Deviled Eggs (Conventional or Japanese)

Japanese deviled eggs min

Though I personally have prevented eggs for the previous few years resulting from a meals sensitivity, my youngsters and husband would by no means let me neglect these! We’ve got them yearly.

In equity, (since I don’t eat them), that is one Thanksgiving recipe the youngsters have taken over, because of the abilities they discovered from my favourite on-line cooking class for youths.

When you’re bored with conventional deviled eggs (not that there’s something improper with them!), do that superb Japanese twist on the basic.

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie Board

Completely my go-to vacation or occasion appetizer. Little or no chopping or prep is required and you’ll load it up with colourful veggies and fruits with out anybody suspecting it’s really wholesome! Serve with home made aioli or dip for wholesome fat to take the vitamin even additional.

Right here’s tips on how to put collectively a wonderful charcuterie board… no inventive abilities required.

Tip: Make some easy bulk nuts higher by toasting them for a couple of minutes in a pan with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt.

The Thanksgiving Meal

How to make Thanksgiving turkeyTurkey (after all!)

First, I extremely advocate brining your turkey just a few days to per week earlier than the vacation. I quarter an onion and a lemon and place contained in the cavity earlier than tying. Then, I rub butter on the skin and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. I brown at 425 levels for about quarter-hour to seal within the juices. Then, I scale back the warmth to 325 and roast in line with the directions for the dimensions chook.

Savory grain free vegetable stuffingGrain-Free Stuffing

Roasted turnips and candy potatoes flavored with apples, celery, and onions. A good way so as to add some additional veggies to the meal and check out some scrumptious root greens. Hints of sage and thyme give it the normal style of stuffing with out gluten or synthetic substances.

Healthy Green Bean CasseroleInexperienced Bean Casserole

Inexperienced beans topped with a home made (actual) cream sauce and topped with pan-fried onions in a coconut flour batter. This recipe has all the flavour (and extra) of the normal model with out the mystery-soup-in-a-can.

Healthy Sweet Potato CasseroleCandy Potato Casserole

At our home, we a lot desire candy potatoes baked and topped with actual butter and sea salt, however in the event you just like the marshmallow-topped model, it is a good various. It’s topped with a home made egg and honey-based “marshmallow” that may be very related in style and texture. (It’s simply lacking that top fructose corn syrup aftertaste…)

Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower potatoes RecipeMashed “Fauxtatoes”

When you love potatoes, by all means indulge, however we love this a lot decrease carb cauliflower model that makes use of pureed cauliflower and all of the seasonings of normal mashed potatoes for a scrumptious substitute. (Don’t fear, I left within the butter and cheese so this qualifies as a Thanksgiving recipe!)

Homemade Cranberry SauceCranberry Sauce

A barely candy recipe that leaves out the “equal elements sugar” in conventional recipes. Hints of orange and pineapple sweeten it naturally. Nice as a garnish on leftover turkey sandwiches.

 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with baconBacon and Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Who says youngsters (or adults) need to dislike brussels sprouts? When roasted till carmelized and topped with bacon and sea salt, brussels sprouts can turn into a aspect to struggle over!

Screen Shot 2018 11 12 at 8.36.44 AMButternut Squash Soup

If you wish to serve a soup course, I like to recommend this one. We love this barely candy soup that tastes like Fall in a bowl!

 

Healthy Parmesan Asparagus Recipe
Parmesan and Sea Salt Asparagus

A scrumptious aspect that’s equally scrumptious when the leftovers are utilized in omelets the subsequent morning. Even the youngsters like asparagus this fashion, and we often serve it with Hollandaise sauce.

Thanksgiving Dessert Choices

Grain free pumpkin pie recipePumpkin Pie

The a lot liked Thanksgiving dessert will get a makeover with out the added sugar and a grain-free almond and pecan crust. (It’s additionally equally good for breakfast the subsequent day!)

 

Healthy pumpkin cheesecake recipePumpkin Cheesecake

When you aren’t a lot of a pumpkin fan or must feed a much bigger group, this recipe has a delicate pumpkin style rolled right into a cheesecake.

 

Gluten Free Carrot Cake RecipeCarrot Cake

A wholesome model made with coconut flour, a lot of eggs (protein!), and spices. Non-compulsory cream cheese frosting.

 

Grain free and dairy free pecan pie recipe
Pecan Pie

That is one in every of my favourite grain-free dessert recipes. With no refined sugar and plenty of eggs for protein, it’s a comparatively wholesome dessert for particular events.

Put It All Collectively (Step by Step)

Do the phrases “menu plan” ship chills down your backbone?

Right here’s tips on how to get a wholesome Thanksgiving menu on the desk in 5 manageable steps:

Step 1: Write Out a Thanksgiving Menu Plan (or Borrow Mine!)

About two weeks earlier than Thanksgiving, I pull up my vacation recipes in Actual Plans (the software that makes all my menu desires come true) and resolve what I’m going to make. I additionally verify the pantry and ensure I’ve my staples that aren’t out there regionally so I’ve time to order from my favourite on-line sources.

Doing this properly forward of time saves a lot stress. This manner I can store earlier than the shops get actually insane and make many of the dishes forward. Then, on Thanksgiving, I simply need to cook dinner the turkey, roast some veggies, and reheat the dishes I’ve made.

Free Printable Procuring Checklist

Right here is my full printable procuring record for a wholesome Thanksgiving menu.

Step 2: Store, Prep, and Chop

I head to the shop with my record about 5 days earlier than Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, procuring is fairly simple (and inexpensive) when you’ll be able to spend most of your time in simply the produce part of the shop. A lot of the gadgets on the record (brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and so on.) maintain properly for days.

We plan for a day at house after procuring and I put my youngsters’ knife abilities to work serving to me peel and chop the recent veggies. I additionally precook any veggies that might be blended into soup or casserole. (The Prompt Pot is helpful for this!)

I save an additional bowl for chopped veggies for a simple turkey vegetable soup to simmer the day after the large feast.

Step 3: Brine That Turkey!

I don’t imply to be pushy, however actually … don’t skip this step! Brining is my favourite approach to obtain juicy, superb turkey each time. Grocery shops after all do their very own brining with overly salty options with questionable substances (that you find yourself paying for because it provides to the load).

Some areas are higher than others for locating a neighborhood natural turkey, but when you may get your palms on one it’s price the additional planning and expense. A pastured turkey brined at house simply can’t be beat for superb taste and texture.

A frozen turkey may even gradual defrost in a brine. By the point it’s defrosted, you could have an incredible juicy turkey prepared for roasting! I clarify tips on how to brine step-by-step on this submit.

Step 4: Bake a Dessert (or Two)

Pumpkin and pecan pies are a Thanksgiving requirement in our home. Fortunately we’ve mastered grain-free variations of all of the desserts we love (and I’ve included just a few extras beneath for good measure).

I often plan a while within the kitchen about 2 days earlier than Thanksgiving to make a number of of those from begin to end so they’re prepared for the large day. As my youngsters become older, a number of of them are capable of take cost of this … something within the identify of dessert!

For grain-free rolls, bake a batch or two of coconut flour biscuits. We love them for making sandwiches with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce the day after Thanksgiving!

Step 5: Put It All Collectively

The day earlier than Thanksgiving, we assemble casserole, soups, stuffings, and mainly something that retains properly in a single day. I actually simply save the turkey and the asparagus for cooking on the large day, and reheat the remainder of the meals in batches within the oven.

On the finish of this present day, the slicing board, blender, and some bowls want washing, however not a lot else!

Take pleasure in, and Comfortable Thanksgiving!

What are your favourite Thanksgiving traditions? Will you utilize my procuring record or recipes? Share beneath!

Thanksgiving Menu and Shopping List- Grain free, Paleo and healthy recipes