Paleo & AIP-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
Eating AIP can be really difficult any time of year, but I know for me, it felt especially difficult and isolating around the Holidays; that's why I put together a list of the Top 5 super easy & delicious AIP & Paleo recipes I make to feel included at family meals. I hope these recipes bring a bit of peace into your holiday meal planning!
1. My Orange Cranberry Sauce
AIP Cranberry Sauce
Yields: 4-8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 12oz fresh cranberries
- 4 air-dried organic orange slices
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- ⅓ c date sugar (I love the Date Lady)
- 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1c water
- Combine all the ingredients into a medium-sized saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once boiling, allow to simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Mash roughly half of the cranberries unless you prefer a smoother sauce, then mash them all.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before storing in a container.
I leave the orange slices in to continue adding flavor as the sauce cools but you could certainly remove them if you prefer a mild orange flavor. I love this recipe, especially for the holidays because it could not be easier and tastes best when made 1-2 days in advance!
Just as easy, if not easier, is my AIP Cauliflower Gravy made with my AIP Mushroom Beef Soup!
2. My AIP Mushroom Beef Cauliflower Gravy
Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 small organic cauliflower, chopped
- 3 packets of Mushroom Beef Soup
- 1 tbsp Olive oil or another fat, (Beef Tallow or Ghee would work great!)
- 2 tbsp Primal Palate Garlic & Herb Blend (optional)
- 2 ½ c water or bone broth
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
- Add in the chopped cauliflower and boil for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender.
- Once boiled, strain the cauliflower but keep the liquid.
- Combine the cauliflower, the oil (or fat) and 1 cup of the cooking liquid to your blender and blend until creamy smooth. You may need to use all the cooking liquid, depending on your preferred texture.
- Pour this mixture back into your pan and add in the soup packets.
- Bring to a rolling simmer for 5-10 minutes, adding more liquid as needed to achieve your desired consistency.
- Serve hot.
The rich, and savory Wild Zora Mushroom Beef Soups make this recipe SO easy! Of course, you could use any flour or starch to make this gravy, but I love using cauliflower because I can sneak in added fiber and nutrients and my kids never notice a difference!
3. Paleo Mom, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne's, Mashed Sweet Potato
This is my go-to mashed potato recipe, regardless of the season! It's written as a Paleo recipe but the AIP substitutions are super easy! I use duck fat and I swear it taste better than with butter.
Find her recipe here!
4. Sugar-Free Spice Rub
Depending on what meat I'm making, I will switch between the KC Naturals Mastodon Rub, which is smokey and slightly sweet- perfect for pork & beef. If I'm making my holiday turkey, I tend to like more savory, herb-forward flavors so I combine Primal Palate's Everyday AIP Garlic & Herb(plus extra sage) with either Duck or Chicken Fat and massage it under the skin of my turkey. I wrap it in plastic wrap and leave it in my fridge overnight before roasting.
5. My AIP Pumpkin Spiced Cookies
I recently posted these for Halloween but luckily, they are amazing any time of year! For Thanksgiving & Christmas, I use festive cookie cutters and frost them with my AIP Buttercream.
I list some methods of natural food coloring in my recipe but if you're making these for the holidays; I like using spinach or matcha (if you drink caffeine) for green, beetroot powder or pomegranate for a pinkish red, purple cabbage for a deep blue.
Find my recipe here!
I hope you enjoy these easy, naturally Gluten-Free, Paleo, Auto-Immune Protocol friendly recipes! Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!