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Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away; we have about a dozen guests coming, and my oven is broken.

AGAIN.

It’s bad enough my gas range is less than 10 years old and the ignition switch for the oven has died three times already (a better description would be “melted”), but when I called G.E. to schedule repairs I was informed they no longer service my zip code.

To say I’m angry is a bit of an understatement.  If their “goal is to ensure [my] satisfaction, while offering the highest levels of professional service,” they are FAILING MISERABLY.  Both my washer/dryer and refrigerator are going to need to be replaced within the next couple of years, and it will be a COLD day in hell before I purchase another G.E. appliance.

At any rate, I hope this explains why I have no recipe for you today.  Well, that and the fact we had both The G Man and The Young One this past weekend, and creative cooking wasn’t a real high priority.  Video games and Christmas shopping, yes, but not cooking.

However, it occurred to me that since Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, many of us are busy planning our menus for The Big Meal.  Even these last few years when we’ve cut all of the processed crap from our diet, I tend to throw caution to the wind and keep several of our “traditional” dishes – my grandmother’s cornbread dressing and pumpkin pie, for instance – but I know a great many of you are interested in keeping your Thanksgiving menu as “clean” as possible.

Fortunately, I’ve got you covered – there are tons of holiday-worthy, paleo/gluten-free/real food recipes on this site.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Starters

Chorizo-stuffed mushrooms

Shrimp Cocktail

Bacon-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes This is one from the “old days” – it’s delicious and is perfectly fine for a “real food/paleo” Thanksgiving table as long as your bacon is “clean” and you make your own mayonnaise.

Crab Deviled Eggs

Savory Pumpkin Pie

Cauliflower Bisque

Main Course

The Turkey From Hell This has been my “go to” recipe for the last 15 years – it’s even better with a pastured, heritage turkey (we’ve begun brining it – to DIE for).  You can sub the AP flour with tapioca or arrowroot flour.

Perfect Prime Rib Because not everyone likes turkey.

Sides

Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Winter Squash Casserole

Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Butternut Squash Soufflé

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cauliflower-Celery Root Puree

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Lemon Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Golden Beets and Greens

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto Yes, it has rice, but hey – it’s Thanksgiving.  Walk on the wild side for a day; it’s till gluten-free.

Savory Almond Flour Muffins Because…bread.

Dessert

Apple Crisp

Lemon Chess Dessert

Chevre Cheesecake

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Dairy-Free Egg Nog

Leftovers

Turkey, Sweet Potato and Kale Casserole

Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash

Turkey Pot Pie ( the same as my Grain-free Chicken Pot Pie – just sub leftover turkey)

Creamy Turkey and Kale Soup

And there you have it: some of the many holiday-worthy paleo/gluten-free/real food recipes I’ve made in the past – and will continue to make in the future.

Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?  If so, what’s on your menu?

 

 


4 comments

Connie says:

I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now but I’ve never commented, just wanted to thank you for such awesome sounding real food Thanksgiving dish suggestions! I am really looking forward to trying out the Honey Roasted Butternut Squash. I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, for my family Thanksgiving I have a set menu because a few years ago I wanted to have holiday traditions so I stick to the plan. But, the Saturday before, my husband and I host a potluck for our friends. We’re providing the turkey, but I also plan on trying out the butternut squash dish and probably a green vegetable dish. I haven’t considered any dessert option, the chocolate pots de creme sound amazing. (BTW, the link for chocolate pots de cream leads to “Cherve Cheesecake.” I found it easily using the search function.) Thanks for your awesome blog, I love it!

Jan says:

Connie – thank you so much! I had so much fun putting this post together, and I think you’ll really like the butternut squash and pots de creme. Thanks for the heads up on the link, too – it’s been fixed. ;)

Suzanne says:

Sorry – I know how frustrating appliance hell can be.
Hope you find a solution soon.
I’m convinced they build appliances to die at about 8 years of age now just so we have to buy new ones ….

Erika says:

How Frustrating is that!! My oven packed in a few months ago, didn’t really have the funds to purchase a new one so it can be tough. Hope you managed to get things sorted!

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