I cannot believe it is another holiday season — wow, just wow. How time flies! I am excited to announce that this is our third “paleo” Thanksgiving…and yes, we are so very thankful. I recall our very first attempt at a paleo holiday — so worried that our non-paleo friends and loved ones would be disappointed…wrong!! Couldn’t be further from the truth. Truth is — we developed quite a few new favorites for everyone, and each year every single person was full, happy, and content. The key is keeping it simple, and doing your research! Now I invite you to enjoy another year’s compilation of my favorite Fall recipes — all of which would make great additions to your Turkey-Day spread.
Holiday Food is Serious Stuff!
So let us be honest here — people care about their food! Especially when it comes to holiday food…you know each relative has their dish that everyone else expects them to bring to complete the meal. When I was growing up it was definitely that way. Everyone raved about my mom’s pecan pie (it was expected and requested at every holiday gathering) — and I assure you it is heavenly. My grandmother would always bring corn pudding…that was just her contribution and I for one looked forward to the stuff every year. So how do you tackle the tradition your family is expecting? Well, you’ve got two choices — either find a good substitution (which will likely be okay but not a full on replacement) OR just decide it’s time to alter those traditions a tad and simply provide really good food.
Guests Can’t Argue with Good Food
I vote for the really good food. My philosophy is this: regardless of tradition, when you’re the hostess — if the food is good enough…who will even have the audacity to complain!? Haha! Really good food cannot be argued with. And that is where your research and preparation come in! Luckily you have food bloggers like myself (and everywhere on the web) who pretty much love to make food. These recipes are tried and true and I guarantee they will please even the pickiest of family members.
This year we have the pleasure of hosting Thanksgiving for the family of a dear friend of ours. They are NOT paleo and likely have lots of family favorites they hope will make an appearance! But that’s okay — the food is going to be outstanding and more importantly we will all be together. Sometimes I like to take a step back and truly give thought as to what matters. Yes, we all want those food traditions to be cradled and kept alive — but the real tradition is sharing your blessings with people you care about. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I have been experimenting and taste-testing pumpkin-laden recipes since late August! The Fall fever struck me pretty early, and the following recipes have really made their way into our hearts this season. A few have been favorites since previous years, and of course a hand-full of recipes are from yours truly. Enjoy!
**Note — All recipes have corresponding links, and the pictures provided are from these successful bloggers (just to help get you drooling!)
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins — Health-Bent
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes — The Freckled Foodie
Pumpkin Spice Latte — The Paleo Prize
Ginger Parsnip Muffins — The Paleo Prize
Apple, Pecan & Bacon Butternut Squash Hash — The Urban Poser
Lunch / Dinner
Thanksgiving Turkey & Stuffing — Primal Palate
Honey-Glazed Ham — The Paleo Prize
Roasted Cranberry Walnut Brussels Sprouts — Kim’s Healthy Eats
Paleo Green Bean Casserole — Fed & Fit
Warm Autumn Salad — How Sweet It Is
Fall Harvest Mash — Multiply Delicious
Roasted Butternut Squash — Amee’s Savory Dish
Paleo Cranberry Sauce — Multiply Delicious
Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Mindful Mama
Ultimate Walnut Pie Crust with Pumpkin Filling — Mark’s Daily Apple
Pumpkin Spice Cookies — Multiply Delicious
Paleo Maple Pumpkin Custard Cups — Health-Bent
Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich — Stupid Easy Paleo
Turkey Pot Pies — The Paleo Prize