Monday, October 11, 2010

A Full Thanksgiving Menu

I think I can wrap up my Thanksgiving recipe posts! Here is a menu I can suggest to anyone who eats primal/paleo or just low-carb.

I usually plan my menu as follows:

  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Turkey with gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Orange vegetable (usually sweet potato)
  • Starch (usually mashed potatoes or mac-and-cheese)
  • Green veg (usually green beans)
  • Dessert
Soup and salad

This year I think I will leave out the soup because it ends up being fussy to have everyone sit down and eat a plated soup course before digging into everything else buffet-style. If you do decide to make a soup I'd suggest something like this mushroom soup or curried parsnip and apple soup. Presumably I don't have to tell you how to make a salad.

Turkey with gravyRoast kosher turkey with porcini-herb compound butter.

(Alternatives for gravy: arrowroot gravy, xanthan gum gravy, apricot glaze)


Herbed coconut flour "cornbread" stuffing with leeks and pancetta

Cranberry sauce

Sugar-free cranberry sauce with grapefruit and mint

(Alternatives: cranberry sauce made with maple syrup instead of Splenda or beet and pomegranate salad)

Orange vegetable

Spaghetti squash casserole with ricotta, sage, pignoli, and parmesan

Or roast delicata squash with rosemary

Alternatives: butternut squash puree, soy-glazed sweet potatoes with sesame seeds.

Green vegetable

Spicy parmesan green beans with kale

or broccoli rabe with garlic and pepper flakes

or balsamic-glazed rainbow chard

Even more alternatives: green beans with pomegranate, goat cheese, and walnuts (sub walnuts for the almonds, trust me), green beans and mushrooms braised in cream (kind of similar to a traditional green bean casserole, sans carbs and Frankenfood) roasted Brussels sprouts, crock pot collard greens.

Mashed potatoesCauliflower puree with roasted garlic, chevre, and asiago

Alternatives: faux macaroni and cheese, cauliflower-turnip puree, cauliflower risotto, twice-baked cauliflower.

DessertPumpkin tiramisu

Or pumpkin pavé

Alternatives: pumpkin gooey butter cake, "apple" crisp, pumpkin brownies. Or if you eschew artificial sweeteners, just put out a fruit and cheese plate. Do some seasonal fruits such as pears and figs, various cheeses (cheese with fruit in it like Wensleydale with cranberries is particularly nice for dessert), marcona almonds or toasted pecans (or pecan pie bites), and some homemade seed crackers.


misaacka said...

I commented already over at the PB forum, but, my godzs, we must celebrate this splendid menu at its source! Erica, you're giving us all so much, so far in advance of Thanksgiving. Can't wait to try out your recipes. I'm so grateful and happy. Thank you!!!

Erica said...

Thanks for the blog love!! :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! New to paleo/primal and was concerned about creating a proper paleo/primal Thanksgiving. Most of these recipes I used and we are having the most wonderful dinner!

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