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:
- Turkey with gravy
- Cranberry sauce
- Orange vegetable (usually sweet potato)
- Starch (usually mashed potatoes or mac-and-cheese)
- Green veg (usually green beans)
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
Sugar-free cranberry sauce with grapefruit and mint
(Alternatives: cranberry sauce made with maple syrup instead of Splenda or beet and pomegranate salad)
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.
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.
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.