25 Recipes for a Grain-Free Thanksgiving

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    It’s almost turkey day and for me, it's time to start preparing my Thanksgiving menu! If you’re still looking for the perfect menu for your celebration, then look no further. Here are 25 recipes that will make your Thanksgiving feast both healthy and delicious.


    Why go grain-free?


    A holiday centered on over eating can be a challenge for many of us. While the carb fest at Thanksgiving can be especially challenging for those of us with health conditions such as obesity, binge eating, celiac disease, diabetes, or for those of us who’ve had weight-loss surgery. My advice: Go grain free.

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    My friend David Mendosa (writer for HealthCentral diabetes) and I each live a grain-free lifestyle, also avoiding starches and convenience or processed foods. We firmly believe, as do many follwing the Paleo and Primal movements – that modern grains and processed foods contribute towards a long list of health problems, including weight gain.


    All these people can’t be wrong, can they?


    Well, as we foodies say, the proof is in the pudding. David, who has diabetes, lost roughly half of his bodyweight by taking a new diabetes medication. As for me, I have celiac disease and diabetes, and I lost 100-lbs from bariatric surgery. Both David and I have brought our health conditions into remission or under control because we’ve maintained that massive weight-loss by eating a grain-free diet.  


    But, enough with the education, and onto the fun stuff!


    A Grain-free Thanksgiving


    Here are 25 recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. I’ve included a few selections for each course to get you started. You can view more recipes on my Grains Make Me Fat! recipe cards on Pinterest. Word to the wise – although these are healthful grain-free recipes, keep an eye on your portion sizes and don’t overdo it on the starches.


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    Hazelnut and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms by WholeLiving.com

    Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas by VegetarianTasteBuds.blogspot.com

    Skinny Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting by SkinnyTaste.com

    Cucumber Feta Rolls by GoodLifeEats.com

    Cucumber Stuffed with Spicy Crab by DomesticFits.blog.com



    Coconut Flour Biscuits by TheCaveWomansKitchen.com

    Grain-free Zucchini Bread by AgainstAllGrain.com

    Banana Bread with Chocolate Swirl by Health-Bent.com

    Pumpkin Bread from ElanasPantry.com

    Serve any one of the above with Pumpkin Butter from DashoFeast.com


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    Main dishes

    Herb Roasted Turkey Breast by FoodNetwork.com

    Spatchcocked Roast Turkey from Food52.com

    Serve either turkey with Grain-free Herb Gravy from ElanasPantry.com

    Diane’s Sauerkraut and Kielbasa from HomeCookKirsten.blogspot.com  (we always have kielbasa at the Thanksgiving table; I get an awesome chicken kielbasa from the Polish deli at my local farmer’s market)


    Side dishes

    Rosemary and Sage Stuffing from RealSustenance.com

    Grain-free Turkey Stuffing from RealFoodForager.com

  • Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower  from EatingWell.com

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    Homemade Green Bean Casserole (much better than the canned soup version) from Food52.com

    Maple Turnip and Carrot Mash by HealthfulPursuit.com

    Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” by SteamyKitchen.com


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    Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie from RealFoodForager.com

    Bil’s Chiffon Pumpkin Pie from Primal-Palate.com

    Protein Cheese Cake by JulesFood.blogspot.com

    Lime Pound Cake by TheSpunkyCoconut.com

    Salted Caramel Apple Pie by PaleoOnMain.com


    I also invite you to take some of the focus off of food this holiday and redirect it to quality time with family. Here’s what my family does: Early in the day, we usually get everyone involved in a simple craft project (a game would work well, too). After dinner, we take a walk. And at our Thanksgiving table, we each take a turn saying one thing that we are thankful for. Last year, my two-year-old granddaughter said she was thankful for Halloween candy – LOL – It was her first time trick or treating and apparently it made an impact!


    From my family to yours, we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!


    Living life well-fed,




    The Paleo Diet http://thepaleodiet.com/  

    WAPF http://www.westonaprice.org/    

    Atkins http://www.atkins.com/Home.aspx   

    Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/036845_wheat_belly_weight_gain_gluten.html  

    GAPs Diet http://gapsdiet.com/GAPS_Outline.html

    HealthCentral http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/139125/bariatric-tools

    HealthCentral http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/149975/transformation

    HealthCentral http://www.healthcentral.com/profiles/c/17  

    South Beach Diet http://www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/

    SCD Web Library http://www.scdiet.org/1about/index.html


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    Updated On: October 27, 2016

Published On: November 13, 2012