Holiday planning when eating differently from most folks can be a challenge. However, I choose not to think that way. I, quite humbly, believe myself to be an excellent cook and only make and share items that I know almost anybody would like, regardless of dietary preferences. In other words, I refuse to serve stuff that I think of as "good for gluten free".
I'm also over the idea of "treating" myself with foods that make me feel like crap. For better or for worse, I've become adept enough to make extremely tasty things that don't hurt me. That's what I consider a treat. If, like me, you are shooting for a Keto lifestyle, be careful with the cookie recipes. They DO contain maple syrup so they need to be limited. Just a little PSA. Also, if you can handle a few off-plan adventures of the more standard variety, more power to you. My way isn't the right way, just the right way for me.
Many foods are naturally gluten free so making them tasty isn't especially challenging (think, the turkey or sweet potatoes or green beans -- see, it's not that hard!) I've also amassed a recipe arsenal of delicious gluten free baked goodies that seam to please everybody. I dare you to find someone who doesn't swoon for the Food Lovers' Chocolate Chip Cookies. Definitely not "good for gluten free". They always disappear fast at parties (and not just the Paleo Potlucks)!
This year, we are teaming up with our delightful neighbors for a combined Thanksgiving with a smattering of friends and family. We wound up enjoying a double feast last year by having a second meal on Black Friday with them. This year, we're just combining on the actual day for full effect. As a result, we haven't worked out the details yet. I have no idea what others plan to bring yet. Last year, the neighbors made a Turducken. Perhaps that'll happen again? If not, I can roast a Turkey like nobody's business so I didn't even bother with a recipe below. Those recipes can be found anywhere. Alton Brown's Brined Turkey is awesome sauce.
In the meantime, me being me, I've been trolling the internet for new and fun recipes plus reinvented old standbys to have at the ready, should they fit into the larger scheme of things. I've also found a few things that maybe wouldn't be necessarily right for the main meal, but will be awesome to complement the leftovers. Here's what I've got!
- First up is Stephanie O-Dea's Green Bean Casserole and Savory Sweet Potato Bake -- I would use my dual crockpots for this. Perfect if we wind up going over to the neighbor's for the actual meal.
- What's Thanksgiving without Stuffing? I have not actually tried this one out yet, but it look's incredible: Paleo Parents's Pork Stuffing Casserole from Beyond Bacon. I am loving that you don't have to first bake a loaf of bread. This is ingenious, time saving, and tasty-looking to the extreme! Triple Treat! This is happening no matter what. If others want to bring regular stuffing, that's cool. But I NEED this.
- And what's stuffing without cranberry sauce? I did this sugar-free one last year and no one was the wiser! Totally going there again: Healthy Living How To's Cranberry Sauce.
- The magic sauce that brings it all together has to be the gravy. I'm going to use Mama and Baby Love's Gravy (one of several holiday recipes listed in that post). I'm thinking of getting this mini slow cooker to keep it warm (it would also be fab to have for fondue. Just saying...)
- Last but not least, The Food Lovers' Pumpkin Cookies are always a fall hit. And they're easy.
- I'm thinking that the Stuffing Meatballs from Practical Paleo and My Heart Beets' Thanksgiving Bread would be fun to go with leftovers. Those two things layered with a bit of turkey with cranberry sauce on the side? Yes, please. This may actually happen in advance of Thanksgiving. What can I say, I'm excited!
|Gingerbread Pear Cake from Paleo Sweets and Treats|
If you're in the US, what do you have planned for the big Turkey Day? And if not, what are some of your favorite holiday recipes?