|Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some alternatives from Paleo Table to the usual sugar laden dishes served around the holidays. One of my favorites for this time of year: Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing. Plan ahead and have options that are not going to derail the next 6 weeks. This is a tough time of year but there are plenty of ways to stay in control of your health.|
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 08:00 AM PST A few months ago, I had the pleasure of trying this awesome appetizer at a restaurant in Downtown Chicago. I’ve made bacon-wrapped dates before, but I usually stuff them with almonds. Well, those are good…but these are GREAT! I’ve heard them called paleo candy. Whatever you want to call them, they’re delicious! I made enough for a party. All 50 dates were gone within 30 minutes! Feel free to scale this recipe as needed.
Adapted from http://myhusbandcooks.wordpress.com.
|Curried Cashew, Grape, and Pear SaladPosted: 19 Nov 2013 07:55 AM PST
My sister has been making this salad for many years. I look forward to it every time she brings it to family gatherings. The cashews have a nice curried flavor with a bit of a kick. The sweet, crunch grapes and bacon offer the perfect sweet and salty balance. My sister always doubles the recipe so we can have leftovers with any remaining protein we have to eat the next day. This is definitely one of my favorite salads!
Adapted from allrecipes.com.
|Paleo Sausage Stuffing Posted: 19 Nov 2013 07:50 AM PST
After kicking around several ideas, this is what I put together for our Thanksgiving stuffing. You can’t really go wrong with the great combination of sweet and savory, plus traditional holiday seasonings. Move over, Bread…Butternut Squash is taking over! This is a great butternut squash dish that shouldn’t be saved just for the holidays. It would go great with almost any main dish. And it’s equally good the next day with eggs or mixed all together with the rest of your leftovers. (Just to clarify, we do not actually stuff this into the bird.
|Baked Whipped Potatoes, Primal – Dairy Posted: 19 Nov 2013 07:45 AM PST
WARNING: This is a primal recipe that includes both white potatoes and cream cheese. If you don’t want to go there, I recommend you stop reading right now…because once you try these potatoes, it’ll be hard to stop eating them!
My mom is a great cook and has been making these potatoes for our holiday meals for as long as I can remember. And although I’ve eliminated dairy and white potatoes from our diet, I’m cutting myself some slack and plan to have my fair share of these potatoes over the holidays. The leftovers are awesome mixed in with leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy…but that’s another post! Enjoy!
|Make-Ahead Gravy Posted: 19 Nov 2013 07:35 AM PST
Last year for Thanksgiving, I made a gravy that was pretty labor intensive and, although the flavor was really good, it didn’t thicken as I anticipated. This year’s Thanksgiving turkey will benefit from a gravy thickened by blending vegetables in a home-made chicken stock, then adding the pan drippings for extra flavor. I used only vegetables that would’t change the color of the broth, but if color doesn’t bother you, you could add carrots to this as well. This gravy is definitely not the same as a thick flour-based gravy, but the flavor is incredible.
Not sure how you’re going to cook your turkey? I’ve been using this method for the past two years with great results: howtocookthanksgivingturkey.com.
|Pumpkin Pie Posted: 19 Nov 2013 07:30 AM PST
I knew I was making a nutty crust for our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, but what nuts to use? Well, I solved that problem by looking in the top shelf of my refrigerator. I had several partial containers of nuts just asking to be eaten. For this recipe, you can use whatever nuts you have on hand. I am a nut freak (yes, it’s a problem!), so we always have a ton of nuts in stock. The dates add a little sweetness in addition to working with the butter to help the dough hold together. I used maple syrup for the first time in paleo baking, which turns it into a primal treat. Use honey if you prefer. This pie is delicious—my dad especially loved it! If you have leftover filling, pour it into ramekins and bake it along with the pies. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days of pumpkin pudding treats.
Pie filling recipe adapted from marksdailyapple.com.