Thursday, November 18, 2010

My (Mostly) Paleo Thanksgiving Menu

By Jenn Casey

I am starting to get in the mood for Thanksgiving! Even though there are many happenings happening between now and next Thursday, I've planned out our menu.

Before I tell you what it is, here's a big difference between this Thanksgiving and Thanksgivings Past--I've been cooking lots and lots of real food all year long, so THIS Thanksgiving is going to be a snap! No stressing out about where to put the meat thermometer or what to do with certain side dishes. Even the things I'm not really quite sure how to make--no worries. I am confident I can figure out how to make them palatable, and if they turn out to be inedible, oh well! There will be plenty of other food.

So, here's what I'm making:


  • Roasted Turkey
  • Sausage Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Some other side veggie--maybe asparagus, green beans, or brussel sprouts
  • Salad with balsamic vinegar and lots of red onions (Ryan's favorite)
  • Flourless chocolate cake
  • Pumpkin pie

Doesn't that sound yummy?

But, no rolls this year. I hate to miss this holiday tradition, which really is about much more than just the rolls, but I also know that it will be hard to resist eating them. I am planning to make them for Christmas, though. Once a year is more than enough (they are SO GOOD, I promise).

I think I'll roast the turkey with lemon and rosemary. And I'm eager to try out the sausage stuffing idea again. My husband will confirm for you that it was really, really delicious. I'm planning to stuff the turkey with it, and there will probably be extras, too.

Sweet potatoes--I have no idea how I'll make them. I think I might just roast them whole, low and slow. And because it's a holiday, serve a little cinnamon sugar and butter with them. Though I think they taste just grand in coconut oil, so maybe I'll make a couple of those, too.

The pumpkin pie will be a regular with-a-crust kind (I don't eat pumpkin pie), and I'm super excited to try the flourless chocolate cake (made with peanut-free chocolate from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, of course. Everything will be Ryan-safe [my eight-year-old son has a life-threatening peanut allergy], as always!). I think the chocolate cake can be made in advance (I hope) because that will make it easier to coordinate on Thanksgiving Day.

So anyway, what are you having for Thanksgiving (paleo or not)?

(Originally posted at Rational Jenn)

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