Happy Thanksgiving!

I have had a few requests to post about Thanksgiving and what we will be preparing.  The answer is not a darn thing!!  We are visiting my in-laws for the holiday and will have no say in what is prepared, so we will have to pick and choose, and do the best we can. 

Before we left, we had a paleo potluck with some of our CrossFit friends.  We grilled up gluten free chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s, chicken burgers, and all natural hot dogs.  I made my sweet potatoes (recipe below), and friends brought veggie fritters (grated zucchini, and sweet potatoes, mixed with almond meal and eggs and pan fried), mashed cauliflower mixed with bacon and goat cheese, spicy chicken legs, fresh fruit, and I also made coleslaw with broccoli slaw, sesame seeds, apples, mayo, walnut oil, and red wine vinegar.  Breakfast the next day was leftover sausages sauteed with peppers and onions and leftover sweet potatoes.

 Last Christmas, before I started this blog, I had an all paleo dinner, and it was amazing. I wish I had taken pictures of the food!!  We made a giant prime rib – rubbed it with just about all the spices we had in our cupboard (cumin, garlic, thyme, oregano, sea salt, pepper, drenched it in olive oil, and topped it with fresh rosemary), I made my famous sweet potatoes: pressure cook about 6-8 sweet potatoes, add half a jar of apple sauce, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a bunch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  We made a huge serving of baked veggies: eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and onions – baked at 375 for about 45 minutes with more fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil and a little sea salt.  We also made a salad with pears, walnuts, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.  We had family members over who did not even know what paleo was and everyone was incredibly happy and full.  So, my advice, if you are cooking at your house, think outside of the traditional holiday box.  If you are at the mercy of family or friends, stick to the turkey, green beans, and salad, and enjoy your precious time with your loved ones. 

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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    Sarah,

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes! I’ve made almost all of them and have been amazed by how delicious everything has tasted. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep them coming!!!

  2. Brendan Gilliam says

    Sarah, This is a great little blog. Thank you for taking the time to share recipes and inspiration. Keep it up. Allison and I will be checking it out often…….

    B-boy

  3. sally says

    Hope you had lots of good food to choose from at the in-laws! We have succeed by having paleo dinner parties and potlucks as well as Thanksgiving dinner this year- everything was fantastic and no one left hungry! Keep up the great blog- loving it….

  4. Manda says

    Hi Sarah,

    We’re so glad you guys had a chance to stop in. I can’t wait to swap recipes with you. Hope you had a wonderful trip back.

    ~Manda and Steve
    CrossFit Bako :)

  5. Charley says

    Sarah,

    Can you do your sweet potatoes in a crock pot and if so how long would you recommend cooking on low?

    Awesome site!

    • Sarah says

      Hi Charley! Yes you can cook sweet potatoes in a crock pot – I would cook them for about 5-6 hours on low – depending your slow cooker, just make sure to put about 1/2 a cup of water in with them and check periodically to see if you need to add more liquid. : )

  6. Charley says

    Sorry for more questions but with cooking in crock pot would you recommend cubing the sweet potatoes and adding all the ingredients at the beginning?

    • Sarah says

      Hi Charley,
      I would just cook the sweet potatoes and then when they are done, add the rest of the ingredients and mash all together. : )

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