I reached out to a number of friends who are chefs, food bloggers, and doctors (yes, some cook!) who I admire and who keep their recipes clean and free of gluten, dairy (although some use butter), corn, excessive sugar, and processed foods.
Many recipes we featured here are paleo-friendly and grain-free. Eating clean can be problematic unless you have a plethora of recipes to choose from. It then becomes so nourishing and you will never feel deprived.
My team and I compiled these wholesome Thanksgiving recipes to help you enjoy the day. Your family may not even notice how healthy their Thanksgiving dinner is. Let us know what you decided to make!
Slow Roast Turkey
By Nourished Kitchen
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving without a turkey. My friend Jenny McGruther is a fabulous chef of traditional cooking methods and the author of The Nourished Kitchen
Her recipes take us back in time when cooking was simple and we used real food only. I tried her slow roast turkey last year and it was a total hit. Following the article is her recipe for a tender, slow-roasted turkey. Substitute ghee for the butter if you are avoiding dairy.
How to Make the Perfect Roast Turkey
By Saving Dinner
Are you nervous about making this year’s turkey because it’s your first time? This helpful video by my friend Leanne Ely who is a regular TV chef and star will give you the confidence you need to perfectly roast that turkey. The video calls for butter, but you can substitute it with ghee if you don’t do dairy.
Rustic Lamb Roast
By Hormones Balance
If you want to serve a non-traditional main course, consider this rich and flavorful lamb roast. Infused with rosemary and served with sweet potatoes and celeriac, this fall dish will make your mouth water.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
By Elaine De Santos at Healthy Family Meal Plans
This stuffed acorn squash recipe can be made either as a main course or side dish. Filled with additive-free free sausage, veggies, apples, and cranberries, you will enjoy this combination of sweet and savory. You could substitute quinoa for the sausage and have a meat-free selection on your buffet table.
Side Dishes & Stuffing
What the Kale? Salad
By Inside Design
Replace that boring green salad with this crunchy, citrus-y, cruciferous version. Shredded lacinto kale and brussels sprouts are tossed with almonds and cranberries in lemon-Dijon dressing. If you have a thyroid condition, you might want to enjoy a smaller serving.
Italian Pear Walnut Salad Recipe
By Gluten Free School
A taste of Tuscany, this fresh salad is the perfect combination of sweetness that makes a meal feel complete (without needing dessert).
Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives
By Allergy Free Alaska
You won’t miss potatoes at all when you try this recipe of cauliflower mashed with roasted garlic and ghee. The buttery flavor and creamy texture might just fool you into thinking you’re enjoying your favorite nightshade.
How to Make the Best Gravy
No holiday table is complete without a rich gravy. With only five simple ingredients, this savory gravy whips up in minutes.
Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
By Primally Inspired
No more cylindrical-shaped logs of canned cranberry sauce for you – once you try a homemade version, you will walk right past those cans in the grocery store. This chunky sauce is sweetened with maple syrup, apple and orange, and you will taste a hint of clove. This will go perfectly with the Thanksgiving turkey
Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing
By Against All Grain
This grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing recipe will take some time to make, but it will be worth it. The bread recipe included here calls for Farmer’s Cheese, but Danielle of Against All Grain mentions in the comments that this bread recipe is dairy-free and would work equally well with the stuffing.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
By Eat the Love
Looking for a Green Bean Casserole recipe using REAL ingredients? Try this vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly recipe that tastes the best! You won’t miss the soggy soup drenched version!
Green Bean Casserole
By Jen Wittman, featured on Your Best Thyroid Life
Maybe you love green bean casserole but the previous recipe is a little too complicated. Here is another option from my friend Jen Wittman who is a chef and a thyroid coach. This recipe might be easier to assemble, and it has bacon in it. I’m smiling as I’m writing this as I just got back from Berkeley where I saw a guy with a “Vegan Out, Bacon In” shirt. Yup.
Healthy Sweet Potatoes with Turmeric & Cinnamon
By Pink Fortitude
Looking for a healthy sweet potato dish for your table (or anytime), this one is made with cinnamon, turmeric, and thyme. No marshmellows here.
Healthy Cauliflower ‘Mac and Cheese’
Cauliflower florets are smothered in a creamy, dairy-free cheese sauce that instantly evokes memories of this childhood classic with a healthy makeover.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranates
By Stupid Easy Paleo
Make this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate for a fancy-looking (and healthy) but oh-so-simple addition to any paleo Thanksgiving menu.
Raw Pumpkin Pie
By Hormones Balance
You can indulge in this dairy- and gluten-free pumpkin pie. Its crust is made from almond flour and dates, and coconut milk is subbed for dairy, and you don’t even need to bake it.
Sweet Potato Bread
By Alexandra Jamieson
Take a few simple ingredients, throw them into the Vitamix, pour the batter into a pan and enjoy when it’s out of the oven. This sweet potato bread recipe is wheat- and dairy-free.
Grain-Free Pecan Pie
By the Wellness Mama
A real food pecan pie recipe with maple syrup, honey, vanilla, eggs, and butter for a healthier take on this classic.
Whipped Coconut Cream
By Rubies and Radishes
You didn’t know that making whipped cream was so easy, did you? The fact that you can make a dairy-free version to top all your desserts will blow your mind.
Carob Cinnamon Delight
By Trudy Scott
Finish off your meal with this caffeine-free substitute for coffee or hot chocolate. Make it with coconut milk (or even almond milk) to keep it dairy-free.
Keeping your immune system strong during the holidays
Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie
By Integrative Women’s Health Institute
My friend and colleague Jessica Drummond who runs the Integrative Women’s Health Institute has an interesting recipe to keep your immune system up during the holiday season. The truth is: for some of us this can be a lonely or frustrating time of dealing with family nonsense, managing logistics and… figuring out how to make food work for everyone.
Plus, let’s face it: there will be much more sugar than the usual. Added stress and sugar can suppress the immune system and this is how many people come down with colds and flues during the holiday season. This recipe is here to rescue you. If you expect lots of stress and want to have a bit of a sugar feast, I recommend drinking it every other day, even if you are feeling well.
“The Perfect Thanksgiving Table Setting.”
By Leanne Ely
One last thing. If setting a formal table is not your forte and you want to impress your future-in-laws, this article will help.