Thanksgiving Recipe Inspiration

Thanksgiving is a time of friendship, family and laughter—a time to come together around the table and be thankful for all the blessings God has given us! A time to pull out your roasting and pie pans and make a colorful, harvest feast.  I put together a list of some of my favorite recipes so that your Thanksgiving can be healthy, delicious, and fun!

Also to help you out, I put together a holiday baking guide complete with 15 grain free, gluten free, and refined sugar free recipes—great for Paleo, SCD or GAPS lifestyles.  Even if you don’t eat gluten free, these recipes won’t disappoint.  Download Festive Eats as your holiday baking companion for delicious sweet and savory recipes all season long!

Enjoy this season, being thankful always!

Here is a sneak peak inside the ebook

Pumpkin Donuts with Vanilla Caramel Glaze Pumpkin Donuts with Vanilla Caramel Glaze Maple Mouse with Crispy Maple Bacon Scoops Maple Mouse with Crispy Maple Bacon Scoops Grain-Free Savory Crackers Grain-Free Savory Crackers Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkles Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkles Pumpkin, Sage, Feta Muffins Pumpkin, Sage, Feta Muffins

The Turkey

  • Organic: To be labeled organic, the animal must be fed certified organic feed for the entirety of its life and their feed cannot contain drugs, growth hormones, or antibiotics.
  • Free-range: USDA regulation requires that to be labeled “free-range” the bird must have access to the outdoors, however there is no requirement as to how much time outside they must have or the size of the roaming area.
  • Pastured: If possible, purchasing a pasture raised turkey offers superior taste and nutrition.  Pastured turkeys are allowed to roam freely and forage for food on the ground rather than be confined.  Pastured turkeys, free from corn, soy, or grains, can be purchased through US Wellness Meats or from your local farmer.

Grain free pantry essentials

To start your morning—Breakfast

Pear, Apple, Cheddar Pancake Soufflé  Pear, Apple, Cheddar Pancake Soufflé

Pear Apple Cheddar Pancake by Colorful Eats: This fruity baked pancake soufflé is topped with cheddar cheese and baked till bubbly.  Serve with maple syrup or yogurt for a sweet breakfast treat!  This baked pancake is very light, allowing you to be hungry for dinner!

Pumpkin Spice Granola Crunch by Colorful Eats: If your Thanksgiving morning has you rushing to prepare the turkey, enjoy some of this pumpkin granola sweetened with maple syrup.  Serve with yogurt, milk, or coconut milk!

Pumpkin Spice Creamer by Colorful Eats: A fall coffee creamer full of spices.

Harvest Salad Harvest Salad

On the lighter side—Bites and Salads

Paprika Butter Fried Almonds by Colorful Eats:  These spiced almonds are great for snacking on while waiting for the turkey.

Harvest Salad by Colorful Eats: Roasted orange squash, bright red beets, salty bacon and creamy feta cheese crumbles gets tossed together with a light champagne vinagrette.  This salad is bursting with colors and flavors to please everyone!

Celery Root & Apple Salad by Gourmande in the Kitchen: Tart fall apples, crunchy celery root and buttery almonds make for a lighter salad addition to your dinner.

The Main Event

Slow Cooker Stuffing by Rubies and Radishes: Complete with all the things stuffing should involve—sausage, sage, mushrooms, garlic, cranberries, pecans, and apples.  This unique taste on stuffing lets you slow cook the stuffing for a simple dish that involved minimal clean up!

“Cornbread” & Sausage Stuffing by Deliciously Organic: Traditional stuffing made grain-free full of spices and fresh herbs for a savory turkey side.

Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon, and Goat Cheese by Running to the Kitchen:  Dress up your green beans with this fresh and colorful recipe.

Buttermilk-Chive Mashed Potatoes by Williams Sonoma: Classic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs and lots of butter!

Classic Biscuits by Colorful Eats: These buttery biscuits make a great side or use them to as “bread” to make your favorite stuffing recipe grain free.

Classic Butter Biscuits Classic Butter Biscuits

A Sweet Treat

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Deliciously Organic: Soft, chewy pumpkin cookies with maple filling!

Pumpkin Pie by Against All Grain:  A crust of almonds and pecans filled with a creamy pumpkin center.

Coconut Whipped Cream by Against All Grain: If you can’t eat dairy and still want to enjoy a dollop of whipped cream with your dessert or hot drink, this step by step instruction is for you.  I personally love coconut whipped cream as it is light and naturally sweet!

Carmel Apple Coconut Macaroons by The Urban Poser:  Coconut macaroons meet crisp fall apples.  These bite sized cookies are fun and drizzled in gooey carmel sauce.

Spiked and Spiced Apple Cider by Rubies and Radishes: Finish off your festive meal with a warm cup of spice!

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