Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away; we have about a dozen guests coming, and my oven is broken.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Turkey Pot Pie ( the same as my Grain-free Chicken Pot Pie – just sub leftover turkey)
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?