Are you Ready for Thanksgiving?
How is it that Thanksgiving is already upon us? I can’t believe it! This holiday really gets shorted. After I take down my Halloween lights I’d love to put up turkey lights. But nope, I can’t find a single string of turkey lights to purchase. Instead, I have to go right to the Christmas lights. And the minute the stores clear out the Halloween costumes and pumpkins, out comes Santa and the reindeer. It’s not FAIR to Thanksgiving. Okay, that’s my diatribe for the week.
Did you know that a Whole30-based Thanksgiving menu is not that difficult to plan? Well, ALMOST. In a strict Whole30, you can’t have anything that even looks like a dessert. But I found a recipe for Paleo Apple Crisp that might just satisfy your need for dessert. And if it makes you feel guilty, just call it fruit! Anyhow, I have an entire Whole30-based Thanksgiving planned for you!
Roasted turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and apple crisp. Yummy!
Fabulous Thanksgiving Menu
And here’s what you’ve been anticipating all week! I just know it. I have a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving feast planned for you.
Of course, there’s turkey on the menu. But not just ANY turkey. It’s The Best Roasted Turkey, from BakeaholicMama. Yes friends, despite the source, this turkey is definitely Whole30-compliant. The recipe calls for mayonnaise, so if you are strict Whole30, make sure you have some mayo on hand. I get my mayo from Trader Joe’s, but never fear, Amazon can help you out with mayo if you like.
And what’s a turkey without Mashed Potatoes? My favorite recipe is from TheDefinedDish, because it uses chicken stock (or broth) as the liquid ingredient. I see too many mashed potato recipes that use coconut milk, and to me, that ruins a good potato. This recipe is simply TOPS!
So I’m sure you’re now wondering how on earth we can add Whole30-compliant stuffing to the mix. We can’t possibly leave out stuffing, and indeed, I tracked down a terrific Paleo Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing recipe from PaleoNewbie. There’s no bread in this stuffing, and you can certainly leave out the white wine for 100% Whole30-compliance.
To top it all off, as I mentioned above, there’s Paleo Apple Crisp, from HealthyVittlesAndBits. It’s almost as good as apple crumb pie, but without all the sugar and carbs.
And you know what? You can treat guests to a Thanksgiving feast and never say a word about Whole30. They’ll sit down for a wonderful meal, praise you for the delicious food, and you’ll turn in for the night knowing that everything on your plate was within the bounds of Whole30. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
And here’s your weekly reminder to make the Health 7 menu work for you! Swap out vegetables. Adapt the recipes to meet your needs. Don’t make something you know you’ll hate! You can always pull out favorites from previous menus and switch around your meals as you like. I want YOU to be successful as you prioritize your health, so make adjustments that will guarantee success! Have a healthy and happy week.
You can also try Barefoot Provisions and Thrive Market. Both deliver organic and non-GMO products right to your door, and offer a good selection of Whole30-compliant foods.
Those of us from a certain generation will remember the Friends episode in which Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head! So have fun with this video.
And guess what! You can buy a turkey hat for your Thanksgiving fun. Here are some picks from Amazon.