Well, Thanksgiving is almost upon us and Christmas follows soon after.
If you're like me, maybe you still have a little thinking to do – about what Holiday recipes you will be making (and eating :-)!)
We've been sick here so I am quite behind on Thanksgiving prep, and still hoping we will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and dinner with our friends.
Regardless, likely I will make something on this great list!
For me, Holiday meals always mean turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, and stuffing, and…and…
not being able to sit comfortably once the meal was over. You too?
Since going whole foods and sugar free, things have changed for the most part.
I still eat a little too much, but that horrible groggy “I just want to lie in bed the rest of the day” feeling doesn't really happen anymore.
When you replace all that sugar, white flour, and fake food with wholesome goodness, you can enjoy the bounty of the season while nourishing your body as well.
So – I am thrilled to share with you all some of the recipes that I have my eye on this year from all around the blogosphere.
But before I do that, here are some more Holiday helps for you.
Other Special-Diet Friendly Special Occasion Recipes
To help you get through other holidays while on a special diet, here are some other recipe assortments that I pulled together for you:
Gluten-free and Dairy-free Thanksgiving Recipes
Side Dishes and Breads
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon from The Nourishing Gourmet
We have a favorite way of cooking brussels sprouts here, but I think this recipe would easily take its place!
Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins from Queen of Quinoa
Sub in my Powdered Egg Replacer and candida-friendly sweetener if need be :-)!
Cranberry Cherry Apple Sauce from Recipes to Nourish
Mustardy Green Beans with Raisins and Pecans from Daily Bites
Can you tell I have a thing for green beans at Thanksgiving :-)! Leave the raisins out if you need to, or use unsweetened cranberries.
Yam Casserole with Pecan Streusel from Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
I would sub in a candida-friendly sweetener for the sweetener and for the orange juice. I am not typically one for sweetened sweet potato dishes, but this one looks great!
Sweet Potato Buns from Ricki Heller
What a great alternative to traditional white flour rolls!
Paleo Cornbread Muffins from Empowered Sustenance
I shared these on my Facebook page a few weeks ago. Make sure you connect with me there if you haven't already. I share TONS of stuff I don't have time to post about :-)!
Grain-Free Stuffing and Paleo Biscuits from Deliciously Organic
If you're missing traditional stuffing while on a special diet, this is a great option!
Pancetta, Sprouts & Squash from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition
The addition of pancetta to these traditional Thanksgiving vegetables makes for a great flavor addition!
Moroccan Carrots from Me 🙂
These carrots are really great. Trust me! We have them almost every Thanksgiving.
We even had friends over who don't care for carrots, and they liked these.
Roasted Garlic & Goat Cheese Cauliflower Mash from Wendy Polisi
Cauliflower mash is one of my all time favorite vegetables. I love the addition of goat cheese to this!
Easy Quinoa Stuffing from Simply Quinoa
Quinoa is such a versatile grain and full of protein–complete protein, actually.
This is a fantastic alternative to traditional stuffing.
These are a pretty recent addition to our Holiday Table repertoire.
The red onions coupled with the balsamic add a lovely color to any table and the flavor is a great pairing with all traditional Holiday fare.
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake from Practical Stewardship
I would use an alternate crust to avoid the dates (perhaps this nut crust). Looks great!
Pecan Pie (Grain Free, Paleo) from Deliciously Organic
I haven't had pecan pie in years! I think my Powdered Egg Replacer or flax or chia gel would sub nicely here.
Pumpkin Lucuma Cheesecake from Sweetly Raw
Heather's creations are just gorgeous!
I would skip the dates in the crust and replace them with chia and more sweetener, or just do that nut crust from this pie.
Perfect Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie from The Nourishing Home
Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a pumpkin pie!
Chocolate – Pumpkin Pots de Creme from Ricki Heller
Yum! Need I say more?
and our old standby favorite (my son said this is what he wants this year :-))…
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from me
These snickerdoodles are perfect as is, but also make a great base for any Thanksgiving pie.