The Ultimate Paleo Thanksgiving Menu (also great for Christmas!)

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These paleo Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes and menu ideas will help you put together a spectacularly delicious feast for your friends and family. From festive centrepiece mains and hearty sides to crowd-pleasing desserts, I’ve got you covered this season.


Paleo Thanksgiving Menu (also great for Christmas!)

With the festive season fast approaching, many of us are starting to plan out the menus for family gatherings and parties. Whether you’re hosting and catering for the whole event, or you’ve been put in charge of a particular dish, these paleo Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas will help you get the best food in front of your guest.

APPETISERS & STARTERS

Paleo Starters - beetroot dip and paleo crackersFor something seasonal, tasty and simple, you can’t go wrong with a vegetable dip and crackers. My beetroot, walnut and prune dip always gets the thumbs up and you can serve it with my mustard tahini paleo crackers.

Paleo appetizers - crack cauliflower and devilled eggs

Another idea is to make a platter of my crispy cauliflower with spicy salsa sauce or colourful deviled eggs with creative fillings inside.

Bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are a classic and paleo-friendly, or for something a little more filling and elaborate, you could make mini sweet potato and beef burger sliders.

You can find more ideas for paleo finger food and appetizers here.

 

THANKSGIVING MAINs –  PROTEIN DISH

Paleo Thanksgiving Mains

While roast turkey is the go-to classic main for holiday dinners, there are lots of other festive protein options. I have a whole post about worthy turkey alternatives here, but some ideas include

For a fish option, try my whole roasted trout with herb salsa; and, for a vegan and paleo-friendly option, check out my mushroom nut roast recipe. 

HOT & COLD VEGETABLE THANKSGIVING SIDES

Paleo Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Being a huge fan of vegetables, I have a lot of side dishes to choose from. As a rule, you should have a few hot vegetable sides like a creamy mash, roasted potatoes, some braised greens and a more refreshing, cold salad like a tasty slaw with seasonal vegetables. Here are some delicious paleo side dishes to choose from.

Nutmeg & Cinnamon Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mash
Thyme & Garlic Roasted Kabocha Squash
Broccoli Slaw With Celery & Cranberries
Roasted Pumpkin With Cranberries & Pecans
Baked Sweet Potatoes With Walnut & Parsley Crumbs
Beetroot & Olive Slaw Salad
Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries & Garlic
Simple Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach
Paleo Parsnip & Cauliflower Mash With Garlic Butter
Roasted Cauliflower With White Sauce & Almonds
Green Beans With Burnt Sage & Almond Butter 
Beetroot & Potato Vinegret Winter Salad
Pimped Up Celeriac Slaw With Pancetta & Pine Nuts
Jalapeno Coconut Bread (Alternative To Corn Bread)
Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from Zen Belly

 

THANKSGIVING SAUCES & CONDIMENTS

Paleo Thanksgiving Sauces & Condiments

I have a post featuring all different paleo sauces and condiments here, but for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have a few favourites. My ‘Cheesy’ sauce is good with chicken or turkey, or poured over roasted cauliflower or green beans; you can also use it to make scalloped sweet or white potatoes. This simple homemade cranberry sauce from Fed & Fit is a must, and I love this easy umami gravy from Nom Nom Paleo.

PALEO THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS DESSERTS

Paleo Thanksgiving DessertsWhether you want to go for a pumpkin classic or you’d like to indulge in some chocolaty goodness, these recipes will get the sweet side of the menu covered. A couple of nut-free options are included!

Sweet Potato Brownies
Paleo Apple Cake
Classic Paleo Pumpkin Pie from Paleo Running Momma
Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Slice
Gingerbread Cupcakes (Nut-Free)
5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake (Nut-Free)

 

SPECIAL HOLIDAY DRINKS

Thanksgiving & Christmas DrinksYou could easily get away with a bottle of good red wine or sparkles, but if you want to make something a little more festive, these recipes are worth checking out.

Slow Cooker Low-Carb Mulled Wine from the Real Food Dieticians
Hot Mulled Apple Cider from Against All Grain
Alcohol-free Faux Gin & Tonic
Paleo Winter Champagne Cocktail from By Lynny
Paleo Egg Nog from My Heart Beets

So there you go, my friends! Now you are equipped to create the most epic paleo Thanksgiving or Christmas ever. What will you choose? Comment below with your favourite dishes and drinks. 


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The Ultimate Paleo Thanksgiving Menu (also great for Christmas)

BY IRENA MACRI

About me: I share nutritious recipes focusing on vegetables, paleo and gluten-free diets. I create cookbooks and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I’m currently finishing an advanced diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

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  1. Hi,

    Last year in your thanksgiving set menu there was a sweet potato bake. It was super Delicious ? but I can’t find it anywhere on your site. Is the recipe still available? Or can you repost? ? thanks

  2. Hi
    Last year there as a sweet potato bake recipe that I can’t find anymore. It was with the lamb, baked tomato and chocolate mousse set menu. Is it still on the site. So ? delicious and my mother in law is keen for more. Can you direct me to te recipe?
    Thanks

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