There are only two reasons why most people want to make Thanksgiving a cheat day:
- To enjoy delicious Thanksgiving foods
These paleo Thanksgiving recipes make both of those reasons redundant. We’ve put together the ultimate paleo thanksgiving menu, with everything from paleo-friendly stuffing, to paleo mashed fauxtatoes and even a sugar-free cocktail recipe.
The recipes on this menu are just as convenient as traditional holiday recipes (if not more so) but are much, much healthier.
How to Build Your Own Paleo-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu
If you took a quick sneak peek of the recipes below, you’ll have seen nearly 20 recipes featured.
Don’t worry! We’re not suggesting you make 20 dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. That would be just a touch overboard.
Instead of making all of the recipes featured in this meal plan, here’s how to build the menu perfect for your group.
- Choose 1-2 Appetizers if desired
- Make all of the recipes in the Main Course category
- Choose 2-3 recipes in the Side Dishes category
- Complement your meal with 1 Drink recipe
- Enjoy 1 Dessert recipe to top it off.
This section is full of everything you’d expect to see on a Thanksgiving table.
Turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, and stuffing, these are the core staples of any paleo Thanksgiving dinner.
Serve every recipe in this section and then choose 1-2 recipes from the other sections to boost your meal.
This paleo turkey recipe is made with turkey breast, rubbed inside and out with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs. It’s roasted until crispy and golden brown, then sliced and served on a platter with gravy made from the drippings.
This paleo sweet potato recipe is healthy and easy to make. The sweet potatoes are roasted in the oven with oils, pecans, and fall spices.
They’re “smashed” with a fork and topped with a dab of grass-fed butter, drizzled honey, and fresh thyme. Easy, simple and totally full of flavor, crunch, and healthy ingredients!
Completely gluten and grain-free, this stuffing recipe is paleo and keto-friendly and won’t disappoint.
Made with organic chicken apple sausage, celery, onion, mushrooms, cauliflower, broth, and fresh herbs, then baked in the oven until crispy and warm.
This recipe is super simple to make and will take you less time than your regular mashed potato feature. The cauliflower mashed fauxtatoes are creamy, thick and delicious, just like its starchy, nutritionally inferior cousin.
These brussels sprouts are pan-roasted with onions and garlic with a little bit of grass-fed butter and olive oil for a dose of quality fats. Cooked bacon is added into the mix along with a drizzle of reduced balsamic glaze for a touch of sweetness and extra flavor.
Simple and delicious, this green beans recipe is roasted with macadamia oil, fresh garlic, chopped macadamia nuts, sea salt, and lemon pepper. Done in 20 minutes!
This salad is hearty, nourishing, and delicious. It’s made by roasting butternut squash in olive oil, adding salt and pepper, and then mixing it with baby kale, shaved brussels sprouts, bacon, dried cranberries, and pecans.
The maple dijon vinaigrette dressing gives it a nice sweet and tangy flavor, that’s perfect with the fall veggies, tart cranberries, and crunchy pecans.
Bacon-wrapped asparagus - how can you go wrong? This recipe is sprinkled with black pepper and turmeric and served with sriracha mayo to make it a delicious side dish or appetizer.
These paleo roasted carrots are oven-baked to perfection, then coated in a butter-maple syrup glaze for a delicious, nutritious side dish. Ingredients: carrots, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, fresh thyme, sugar-free maple syrup, chopped parsley.
A hearty but surprisingly light fall soup made with butternut squash, coconut milk, broth, and spices and herbs, this makes the perfect appetizer or side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.
This Thanksgiving paleo salad recipe is also nutritionally jam-packed, keto-friendly (skip the feta and it’s paleo-friendly, too!), and utterly delicious. Made with roasted beets, pistachios, greens, and a dijon dressing, it’s simple and easy to make.
You have enough to clean up after entertaining for Thanksgiving, so this cauliflower soup recipe is a rare treat. Quick, easy, and made using only one pot, it’s also jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
This is a delicious cocktail recipe for any paleo/low-carb diet and has the comforting warm and nutty flavors that go perfectly with Thanksgiving. It’s low-carb, full of healthy fats and protein, and the perfect cocktail for any fall gathering.
Made with almond milk and coconut milk creamer, fresh brewed organic coffee and a dose of quality fats, this latte recipe is the perfect post-dinner drink. Make with decaf coffee if you want to avoid the caffeine!
#15: Apple Pear Hot Toddy
This hot toddy recipe is keto-friendly and delicious, with zero grams of sugar. It provides energy without the caffeine, so can be great for the post-turkey slump.
Silky smooth and delicious, this paleo and keto-friendly chocolate mousse recipe is insanely delicious and the perfect dessert to top off your Thanksgiving meal.
These paleo ginger snap cookies are a delicious, low-carb, grain-free natural version of the traditional molasses ginger cookies you see around the holidays. Perfect for dessert after a holiday meal (or use the batter as a pie crust for your pumpkin pie!)
Completely paleo-friendly and gluten-free, these bars will deliver every time, and they won’t disappoint as the perfect holiday dessert. You’ll be hoping there are leftovers!
Enjoy a Paleo-Friendly Thanksgiving With This Complete Menu
You don’t have to cheat on your paleo diet this Thanksgiving.
You can build your own holiday menu that’s perfect for your guests while sticking to your natural diet and staying on track.
The best part? You don’t even have to sacrifice flavor or give up any holiday staples.