Anyone who knows me, knows how much I anticipate and treasure this festive holiday season. I love the cinnamon-sugary smells. I love the chubby pumpkins. I love the Christmas tunes. I love the twinkly lights. I love the reasons why we celebrate. I love setting the table a little extra special. I love eating all the foods!
However, for many of us with food allergies or health issues, this holiday season can be something we dread. When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, that was the case for me! I was so scared and dreaded any social events involving food, because I knew I couldn’t eat certain things.
This is what inspired me to writing my cookbook (which has two chapters dedicated specifically to Thanksgiving and Christmas)! So many celebrations and gatherings are designed around food, and I didn’t want anyone to dread these fun occasions, because that would take away from the joy of it all! I hope you enjoy all these recipes and inspiration for your Thanksgiving and holiday feasts!
Other Resources & Cooking Inspiration
- All American Paleo Table: Classic Homestyle Recipes from a Grain-Free Perspective
- The Dinner Party | An ebook featuring complete dinner party recipes for each season
- Podcast Episode: “Healthy Eating Through the Holiday Season”
Keep it light but packed with protein and healthy fats so that you set your self up for success the whole day! These breakfast options require minimal preparation so you can focus on the dinner preparation!
- Spiced Pancakes with Cinnamon, Apple Maple Syrup
- Mushroom, Prosciutto Frittata with Truffle Oil
- DIY breakfast granola bowls: Nut-Free Cinnamon Coconut Crunchy Granola or Crunchy Roasted Granola (serving options: whole milk plain yogurt or dairy free yogurt or milk options, fresh sliced pears or figs, toasted coconut, cacao nibs, dried fruit)
Spiced Pancakes Frittata with Truffle Oil Nut-Free Granola
Snacks & Nibbles
Put together a charcuterie platter complete with fresh vegetable and fruit slices, olives, sliced prosciutto or meats and an assortment of cheeses. For the cheeses, choose several hard and soft varieties in an assortment of milks (cow, sheep & goat)!
- Roasted or flavored nuts
- Prosciutto wrapped blistered dates
- Parmesan Crisps with Pears and Balsamic Glaze
- Rosemary Olive Oil Crackers
- Truffled deviled eggs
Truffled Deviled Eggs Prosciutto Wrapped Blistered Dates Parmesan Crisps
The Main Event
- Smoked Turkey from my cookbook, All American Paleo Table
- Grain Free Sausage, Apple, Mushroom Stuffing (nut-free) from my cookbook
- Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin from my cookbook
- Fall Chop Salad (just don’t add the roasted chicken to keep it simple!)
- Fig & Butternut Squash Salad
- Roasted Golden Beet Salad
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crunchy Hazelnuts from “The Dinner Party”
- Morning Butter Biscuits
- Fluffy, “White” Dinner Rolls
Smoked Turkey Sausage, Apple, Mushroom Stuffing Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin Grain-Free Fluffy, White Rolls Bacon Roasted Sprouts with Crunchy Hazelnuts Roasted Butternut Squash and Prosciutto Salad
- Classic Apple Pie from my cookbook
- Pumpkin Cheesecake (dairy option) from my cookbook
- Fig and Vanilla Bean Tart (nut free option)
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (egg-free option)
- Pear, Berry Hazelnut Tart
Tips for Preparation
- Most recipes can be prepped (chopped, diced and ingredients put into individual containers) or even baked the day before. Make your day or two plan of action so you are not stressed the day of Thanksgiving.
- Many recipes call for similar ingredients as far as fresh herbs, butter, eggs, chicken broth so you can re-use these fresh ingredients when it comes to each recipe.
- Don’t stress! You don’t need a million and one dishes, just a few of the classic staples!