AIP Thanksgiving

You can have a full Thanksgiving Feast, entirely AIP compliant, by choosing your recipes carefully.

Turkey is easy.  Just remember to use a rack so that it’s easy to get the turkey out of the pan once cooked. To eat at 1:00, I put the bird in the oven at 8:00 a.m.  It comes out of the oven at noon, rests for 30 minutes, then gets carved.

Maple-Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes are easy to make. If you think people won’t eat a whole sweet potato, simply peel & chop in chunks to roast, but still drizzle with the maple syrup. Yum!  Have these ready to pop into the oven when the turkey comes out, but don’t prepare too far in advance (I discovered that if you prep them the day before without cooking, they get ugly grey dots all over them, despite being in the refrigerator).

Cranberry Sauce is incredibly easy to make. And it’s delicious! We have been known to eat this on our turkey instead of gravy. It also tastes great on pancakes. I usually make a double-batch of cranberry sauce on Sunday, then reheat it for Thanksgiving. The fructose count on this is a little high, so use sparingly.

If you prefer relish to sauce, try this Citrus-Cranberry Relish from Autoimmune Wellness.

Cauliflower/Parsnip Mash provides a delicious side dish that looks just like mashed potatoes, but has better nutrition and leaves out the nightshades.

What’s meat & a fluffy white mound without Gravy? My favorite AIP gravy is made by thinning mashed cauliflower with pan drippings from the turkey.  It’s that easy:  steam cauliflower and put it into a food processor or high-speed blender. Add a little turkey broth and blend until smooth. Keep adding broth until it’s the consistency you want for gravy. Salt as desired only after all the broth has been added.

Green salad makes a great veggie to round out your meal.  I like to do a salad bar so that everyone can customize their salad (and I can do all the prep the day before).  Mixed lettuce, spinach, sliced mushrooms, chopped cucumber, thinly-sliced carrots, julienned beets, sliced radishes, and sliced olives are all AIP compliant. Lemon wedges are great for people who don’t want salad dressing, or serve this Orange-Avocado Dressing.

If you absolutely must have rolls, there are AIP Dinner Rolls, but I have found that there’s already a ton of food, and rolls aren’t needed.

Then there’s dessert.  What’s a Thanksgiving Feast without dessert?

 

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