Paleo Thanksgiving

Posted: November 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is coming up quick and it is time to start planning and shopping for good ol Thanksgiving dinner. This is one of my favorite days and  meals of the year. Usually Thanksgiving consists of family and good friends getting together to just hang out, watch some tv, maybe get a game of football or soccer going, and then a great dinner and relaxing. Now since it is a pretty relaxed day you want to make sure you don’t go completely haywire on crappy food and go into a food coma. Luckily a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner is pretty easy. Here are some ideas for a delicious dinner that would satisfy everyone, even it they aren’t paleo eaters. First you start off with your turkey, make sure and pick up a good quality all natural turkey without all the extra chemical preservatives. Unfortunately this are quite spendy, but it is once a year so splurge a little if you can. Next we move onto some ideas for side dishes:

1. Mashed sweet potatoes – to prepare these peel your sweet potatoes, boil until soft, and then add coconut milk and start mashing. Use as much coconut milk as you need to get the consistency you want. If you want to spice that up a little more you can even add a little curry seasoning to it.

2. Brussel Sprouts – to prepare these just wash up your desired amount, cut them in half, put them all in a plastic bag, dump enough olive oil in the bag to coat all of the spouts, add salt and pepper, and then shake the bag vigorously. Next lay them all out on a baking pan and cook at 350 for 12 to 18 minutes depending on how well done you like them.

3. Green Bean Casserole – Boil some fresh green beans until they are the desired texture and then set them aside in a casserole dish. Next cut off the ends of a medium-sized onion and then make somewhat thin slices in the direction that will leave you with rings of onion. Once you have those slices cut them in half so you have half circle strips rather than rings. Put one egg and some heavy cream in a bowl and mix well. In another bowl put 1 cup of finely ground almond meal. Put the onion strips in the egg and cream mixture and then into the almond meal to coat them. Place them on a backing sheet and cook them at 350 until they start getting a little crispy and brown. Then take them out and put them on top of your green beans and bake again when it is time for dinner to heat everything up.

4. Fruit and Nut Stuffing – brought to you my Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/fruit-and-nut-stuffing

5. Cranberry Sauce – brought to you by Elana’s Pantry http://www.elanaspantry.com/fall-is-here/

6. Cinnamon Walnut Turtles – To prepare you will need; 2 cups walnuts, 1 cup raw honey, 1/2 cup cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, then in a large bowl, mix honey, cinnamon and vanilla into paste. Stir in walnuts  until throughly coated. Form into small clusters and dehydrate at least 24 hours. You can also add some coconut or other dried fruits if you would like.

7. Pumpkin Pie – I am not a fan of pumpkin pie myself, so this one is a make at your own risk, but CrossFit Vancouver posted this up and it got some good feedback so here you go: http://www.crossfit.ca/site/images/uploads/Picture_1_thumb.png

This should definitely give you a good start on your planning and some ideas of things you can make. Don’t forget to include the kids, recruit them to help make some of these delicious dishes. I am sure they would love to mash some sweet potatoes. Get creative and if you have any great recipes you would like to share please send them along and I will post this up to this blog post.

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