What’s that called again when you completely overestimate how much food you need and end up making enough to cover 10 meals?
Oh yeah, Thanksgiving.
I don’t know why we all do this, but I do know it ain’t gonna stop. In our defense, what we really are doing is making enough food for the entire holiday weekend — and then some. It’s a beautiful thing to look into your fridge and see honey-glazed ham, juicy turkey, buttery dressing, and sides of green beans and sweet potatoes galore.
And don’t even get me started on the pies. Oh the pies! I don’t care who you are, when you have extra pie, you eat it until it is gone. That’s the rule of Thanksgiving, amiright?
It’s all about eating REAL FOOD, from scratch.
Did you know that Thanksgiving food is healthy? It’s true, my friends, it’s time to embrace food made from scratch. As much as you’ve been taught to believe that the fat and carbs at your Thanksgiving Feast are going to pack on the pounds, it’s really not true.
When we decided to embrace real food made from scratch, that’s when our health increased and our waist lines slimmed down. Today, we regularly cook with traditional fats like butter, lard, and tallow, bake with whole sweeteners like honey or unrefined cane sugar, eat whole meat (none of this boneless, skinless chicken breast garbage), use whole milk and cream, and eat loads of fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
It’s called a whole, traditional diet. And that pretty much means we aren’t afraid of fat, carbs, or protein. We embrace them all and reap the benefits.
The problem arises when Thanksgiving food is made from processed ingredients.
Cranberry jelly in a can, stuffing in a box, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, onion toppings from a tin…While a lot of these foods have become our “staple” when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving, it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, once a year won’t kill you, but have you considered the taste?
My Grandma’s homemade stuffing includes homemade bread, cornbread that she’s dried and toasted, celery and onions sautéed in generous amounts of butter, fresh sage, whole eggs, sausage and apple. Let me tell you, stuffing in a box just doesn’t compare, my friends.
The Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Recipes made with Real Food
I’ve compiled the ultimate list of recipes that would make your grandmother proud! They’re full of whole ingredients and delicious flavors, and BONUS, I’ve even thrown in some recipes for those who need to avoid grains. You’re welcome!
Easy Traditional Turkey Stuffing
Apple Sourdough Stuffing
Gluten-free Cornbread Stuffing
Paleo Sausage Stuffing
Grain-Free Homestyle Stuffing (GAPS, Paleo, Primal)
Grain-Free Stuffing (GAPS, Paleo, and Gluten-Free)
MASHED POTATOES RECIPES
CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPES
VEGETABLE SIDES RECIPES
Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever
Maple Butter Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Sweet Potato Purée with Coconut, Orange and Ginger
Butternut Squash Gratin
Roasted Acorn Squash
Honey Sesame Yams
5 Fresh Alternatives to the Green Bean Casserole
Eggs in a Potato Basket
Apple Cranberry and Butternut Squash Bake
Creamy GAPS Gravy
Paleo Cornbread Muffins
Cranberry Superfood Spread
Butternut Squash Potato Soap
Pear Pomegranate Walnut Salad
Whole Wheat Soaked Biscuits
Easy Chicken Broth
Savory Sweet Potato Biscuits (Grain-Free)
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds
Homemade Pecan Pie
Paleo Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Acorn Squash Custard (Paleo and GAPS)
Perfect Pie Crust
Baked Pumpkin Custard (Dairy-free)
Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars
Cranberry Mint Mousse
Honey Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
Simple Crockpot Apple Pumpkin Butter (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Paleo)
Supercharged Coconut Whipped Cream
Sprouted Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Cider Bread
Sweet Potato Pie
No Refined Sugar Pumpkin Roll