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.