I remember the first time I hosted a holiday dinner. I made a green bean casserole with Cheese Whiz, canned cream of mushroom soup, and a can of French’s fried onion rings, among other culinary delights. It was a “family recipe.” Ha! (Yes, this really was the way my grandmother made her green bean casserole.)
This year, I’m not hosting Thanksgiving dinner, but I am cooking it. My mother and I are in charge of making all the side dishes and desserts. My brother and sister-in-law will be roasting a turkey. These days, I am blessed that we’re all on the same page when it comes to eating Real Food. We’ll be eating grain-free dishes, using healthy traditional fats instead of industrially-made modern cooking oils, and opting for natural sweeteners over refined sugar.
Since I know many of you are in the same boat as me, I thought I’d share this little collection of holiday recipes with you. Hope you enjoy!
Slow-roasted Pastured Turkey
If you’re new to cooking with pastured or wild turkeys, you need to check out this tutorial on how to slow-roast your turkey from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen.
Store-bought, conventional turkey (even of the organic, all-natural varieties sold at stores like Whole Foods) is usually up to 40% brine solution by weight. So, barring a kitchen disaster, these birds will almost always come out moist.
But a pastured or wild turkey won’t give you that much wiggle-room for failure unless you brine it yourself, so slow-roasting is an absolute must!
Homestyle Grain-Free Stuffing
I ate this gorgeous and delightful grain-free Homestyle Stuffing in an after-Thanksgiving feast last year hosted by Heather of Mommypotamus. Now that her little family moved all the way to Tennessee, I have a feeling our only face to face time will be at each year’s Wise Traditions conference. But in the meantime, I can enjoy her fabulous recipes and think of her.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Bacon & Swiss
All I can say is this. For most of my youth, I thought I hated sweet potatoes. That’s because the only time we ever ate them was at the holidays, and they were always served up in sickly sweet side dishes. It was only as an adult when I ate my first savory sweet potato fries, that I realized how delightful these babies can be. So, if you want to include sweet potatoes in your Thanksgiving feast, but want them to be deliciously savory, why not try out this Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Bacon & Swiss?
Creamed Spinach Souffle
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Nothing beats this Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Mommypotamus. Nothing. (Particularly if you go for the oranges & honey option.) You will love it! And it’s surprisingly easy.
Instead of pumpkin pie, we’ll be indulging in this grain-free Pumpkin Custard shared by Jenny of Nourished Kitchen. Full of nutrient-dense egg yolks from pastured hens, cream from grass-fed cows, and the tiniest hint of a naturally-evaporated sugar, this pumpkin custard is rich in the essential vitamins & fats your body needs to stay healthy while being just sweet enough to pass as a dessert.