How To Prepare A Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner

  2018-01-19 11:55AM

There’s a reason why we joke about unbuttoning our pants after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s because this particular meal is comfort food at it’s best...heavy, classic American dishes that are super tasty, but leave us feeling totally blah afterwards. Well surprise, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve overhauled the typical Thanksgiving dinner to make it completely paleo. So whether you’re the host preparing the entire meal or a guest bringing a dish or two, we’ve got you covered.


As a lean protein, the turkey itself is already paleo. The problem is when it gets stuffed with breadcrumbs and drenched in regular gravy. For something a little different, try wrapping your turkey in bacon before roasting it. The flavor is ah-mazing, plus you’ll get a little fat in there. It’s not as complicated as it may sound either.


And speaking of gravy, whoever heard of a Thanksgiving dinner without it??! The trouble is that traditional versions use white flour and butter. Ghee is an easy switch for the butter, and for a thickener, some tapioca flour can replace the white stuff. Heads up: sometimes the label may say tapioca starch; they’re interchangeable. Then you can add some turkey/bacon drippings, broth, and whatever seasonings you like!

Cauliflower Stuffing

Thanksgiving without stuffing is like peanut butter without the jelly! Totally taboo. But since grains are off limits, cauliflower is an awesome alternative. Of course it doesn’t taste exactly like breadcrumbs, but you can use many of the same seasonings, so you’re not missing out on flavor. We promise it will still taste like comfort food.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This is simple. Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes, conventional butter for ghee (use sparingly!), and use nut milk in lieu of cream or cow’s milk. Now just follow a traditional mashed potatoes recipe and you’re good to go.

Corn-less Cornbread

There’s no way around it. Corn isn’t paleo, so it’s impossible to include any form of it into your Thanksgiving meal (sorry folks.) BUT, you can mimic traditional cornbread with homemade paleo bread that’s sweetened with honey. We love the recipe below.

Cranberry Sauce

This one is SUPER easy. Some fresh cranberries, OJ, and raw honey simmered in a pan and cooled will do the trick. You can even spice it up a bit with some cinnamon or nutmeg.


Green beans are a classic, but your options are nearly endless. We suggest a mix of assorted veggies. A light saute in coconut oil should do the trick.

Corn-less Thanksgiving Cornbread Recipe


1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 eggs

2 teaspoons raw honey

1/2 cup non-dairy milk

2 teaspoons of melted ghee or coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Lightly grease a square baking pan with coconut oil or ghee
  3. Combine the flours with the baking powder and salt in a bowl
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the raw honey, non-dairy milk, and ghee
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry one and whisk until combined
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes (or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean)
  7. Cool before cutting into squares and serving

*recipe adapted from Paleo Hacks


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