This is our feast!
I thought preparing a Thanksgiving meal without grains and white potatoes would pose an insurmountable challenge. What about rolls, stuffing and gravy? As it turns out, with the right recipes and a bit of planning ahead, a grain free Thanksgiving is delicious and simple.
Here’s the menu I created for my family’s Thanksgiving. It fits my limited diet but all of the dishes meet my family’s “regular food” standard. Plus, you can make most of the dishes up to two days ahead – I’ve outlined the game plan below – so you can enjoy more family time and less last-minute food preparation.
This meal makes a no-stress feast for those on restricted diets. It is:
- Grain free
- Optionally dairy free (replace butter with lard or coconut oil in the recipes)
- Refined sugar free
- Nut free – this is a big challenge for grain free meals!
- Egg free (omit the Faux Cornbread Muffins and use the alternate green bean casserole recipe listed below)
Our Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu
- Roasted Turkey – use your favorite recipe
- My recipe for (starch-free) Creamy Grain Free Gravy, double the recipe. You will be licking this off your plate. It is THAT good.
- My recipe for Roasted Carrot Mash. This was before I gained some food photography skills, so the picture doesn’t do it justice. But I could honestly eat this stuff for dessert.
- My recipe for Paleo Cornbread Muffins, these are delicious topped with fruit-sweetened apple butter.
- Katie’s recipe for Green Bean Casserole (it contains egg yolks – for an egg free version, use this recipe, but it does contain nuts)
- Mickey’s recipe for Apple-Cranberry Stuffing
- Lisa’s recipe for 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
- Simone’s recipe for Pumpkin Panna Cotta and my recipe for Fennel Ginger Cookies (you can omit the fennel and double the ginger, if desired) OR Mickey’s recipe for a Paleo, egg-free Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust (which is not GAPS/SCD)
The Make-Ahead Game Plan (see recipes above)
Two days ahead
- Caramelize onions for the gravy, store in an airtight container in the fridge
- Make panna cotta
- Make the cookies and store them in the freezer (yep, the freezer!)
- Make the cranberry sauce
- Make sure you have some homemade chicken stock in the fridge or freezer. Otherwise, put a batch on to cook.
- If you are making the pie instead of the panna cotta, make that today
The day before
- Make the stuffing
- Make the carrot mash
- Make the muffins, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Make the green bean casserole
The Big Day
- Roast the turkey
- Use the drippings from the turkey as well as some chicken stock to make the gravy
- Re-heat the carrot mash, the muffins, stuffing, and the green bean casserole in the oven
Is your family preparing a Thanksgiving menu with food restrictions? Are you cooking anything special?