Halloween has come and gone – and now it’s time to turn our focus to Thanksgiving! This much beloved holiday – often steeped with family tradition – is actually fairly easy to celebrate while on Whole30. Many Turkey Day dishes can be made Whole30 compliant! All you have to do is stick with those – and skip the pie – and you are good to go!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Whole30 Thanksgiving dishes to give you a jump start on your menu planning. We’ve also included some words from the recipe creators. Which ones from this list will you make?
From all of us at Everyday Whole, wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!
Guacamole Deviled Eggs – Healthy Nibbles and Bits
“These gluten-free and paleo-friendly guacamole deviled eggs make a great snack. You can also double up the recipe to serve as an appetizer at your gatherings!”
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli – The Read Food Dietitians
“Add these healthy and perfectly Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli to your Holiday party menu or serve them as a delicious Whole30-friendly side-dish.”
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops – Primal Palate
“Our take on this popular appetizer involves the addition of smoked paprika to give great warmth to the flavors of the dish. The crisp bacon nicely compliments the tender scallops, while infusing them with a smoky yet sweet flavor.”
Spicy Nuts – Real Simple Good
“These spicy nuts are a Paleo friendly way to enjoy mixed nuts.”
Sausage and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms with Sage – Wholesomelicious
“All the delicious flavors of the Holiday season in 1 super yummy bite! These easy Sausage and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms with Sage are Paleo and Whole30 approved, and sure to be devoured by all!”
Paleo Whole30 Roasted Turkey – Jays Baking Me Crazy
“This recipe is easy and even someone making a turkey for the first time will have success. The rosemary, thyme and sage pair perfectly with the turkey making it so flavorful.”
Paleo Whole30 10-Minute Gravy – Jays Baking Me Crazy
“This Paleo Whole30 10 Minute Gravy is so simple and perfect for topping turkey and mashed potatoes. Made with just 4 ingredients and so flavorful. Dairy free, gluten free, and just as delicious as traditional gravy.”
“By introducing and substituting some healthier ingredients for some of the most problematic ones, you can dress that old comfort meal or beloved dish in some new clothes and to your surprise you may not even notice the difference (REALLY!) or even find that you like the new version even better. That was the case with me and this Whole30 spin on a fall classic, Chicken and Broccoli Casserole! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”
Easy Holiday Ham – Whole Kitchen Sink
“This classic and simple Paleo and Whole30 ham recipe will be bringing your family together each time you make it. The Whole30 leftover ham will just be a bonus! “
Steak with Whole30 Bernaise Sauce – 40 Aprons
“This steak with Whole30 bearnaise sauce is the perfect Whole30 date night dinner: perfectly seared medium-rare steak topped with a super rich Whole30 bearnaise sauce infused with shallots and fresh tarragon. You’ll love how elegant this Whole30 steak with Whole30 bearnaise sauce tastes and how quick and easy it is! Total knockout.”
Whole30 Mashed Potatoes – The Defined Dish
“Delicious and creamy Whole30, Paleo, Dairy free Mashed Potatoes! YES.”
Cauliflower Pumpkin Risotto – Unbound Wellness
“This cauliflower pumpkin risotto is a delicious autumn side dish! It’s the perfect balance of savory or lightly sweet and is Paleo, Whole30, and AIP compliant.”
Sweet Potato Unstuffing – The Real Food Dietitians
“For the love of stuffing! Your Thanksgiving table is about to get even more delicious with this gluten-free, paleo & vegan-friendly Sweet Potato Unstuffing.”
Paleo Thanksgiving Cauliflower Stuffing (AIP, Whole30 & Low Carb) – Unbound Wellness
“Thanksgiving can be super heavy on the starchy carbs which is partially why it’s such a filling meal. This stuffing is much lower carb than a traditional stuffing, and is really made of just veggies! Not only does it make it easier to enjoy more of it, but it’s actually filled with nutrients from all of the veggies! It has so much flavor that you just might trick some of you grain loving dinner guests into getting in a little more veggies during the holidays!” ** Be sure to use compliant dried cranberries!
“Jazz up your basic green salad with this roasted vegetable salad with an addicting lemon garlic tahini sauce. It’s Whole 30, paleo, gluten free and dairy free.”
Whole30 Oven Roasted Crispy Potatoes – I Heart Umami
“Real Crispy Whole30 Oven Roasted Crispy Potatoes infused with rosemary and thyme. These Whole30 crispy roasted potatoes are crispy outside and creamy inside. Perfect healthy Thanksgiving/ Holiday side dish everyone will love in the family!”
Sausage & Vegetable Stuffing – Grace Brinton of Tru Provisions
“This is a great Whole30 compliant recipe for “stuffing.” Although there’s no bread in there, the flavors from the herbs and the texture from the chestnuts and cauliflower help create a dish that can hopefully act as a worthy substitute on your holiday table.”
Paleo Comforts Food Brussels Sprouts Slaw – Paleo Comfort Foods
“Following is one of our favorite ways to prepare Brussels sprouts. Hope you’ll give them a try and see if you can win the taste buds of some folks close to you!”
Paleo Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles – I Heart Umami
“Paleo Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles are the perfect Thanksgiving sides and appetizer. These bacon wrapped green beans are Whole30 and Keto, wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and fresh lemon juice for the perfect holiday party appetizer!”
“Who doesn’t love a good simple salad and all the green goddess dressing? This homemade avocado-based dressing and salad recipe is vegan, paleo, and Whole30!”
Crispy Oven Fried Green Beans – Low Carb Yum
“Enjoy these tasty low carb gluten free oven fried green beans alone or paired with your favorite grilled meat.”
*Be sure to use nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese to make this Whole30 compliant!
Spicy Roasted Broccoli – The Whole Cook
“This Spicy Roasted Broccoli is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packs some heat. It cooks quickly with minimal prep so you’ll be able to enjoy it quickly!”
Homemade Cranberry Sauce – Eat the Gains
“Just 3 ingredients makes this healthy sweetener free Homemade Cranberry Sauce. The perfect compliment to your holiday feast. Whole30, Paleo, vegan, and dairy free.”
“Find out how simple it is to make Easy Instant Pot Applesauce. Never wait for an hour or longer on the stove again!”
Sugar-Free Paleo Cinnamon Applesauce – Paleo Grubs
“Applesauce is incredibly easy to make in large batches right at home, requiring only about an hour of your time.”
Feeling left out while others enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails during the festive meal? Never fear- Whole30 has some great ideas for mocktails to get you through the holidays! Check out this link for inspiration.
And here’s another idea for a Whole30 Cranberry Mocktail from Healthy Little Peach!
While there’s traditionally no dessert on Whole30, it can be hard on a holiday to not have something to round out your meal. The three recipes below can help you stay on track but enjoying something special for Thanksgiving. Note: Outside of Thanksgiving, these both teeter on the SWYPO line so proceed with caution. Once you finish your round, these can be great alternatives to traditional desserts in your Food Freedom, if you choose.
Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake – Stupid Easy Paleo
“This Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake has all the best tastes of autumn in one convenient dish. It’s paleo and gluten-free!”
Sweet Potato Apple Breakfast Bake – Paleo Running Momma
“This naturally sweet, Paleo & Whole30 friendly Sweet Potato Apple Breakfast Bake is quick and easy to put together and great to make ahead too! When you’re craving a sweet breakfast and want something simple and comforting, this breakfast bake is the perfect option. No added sugar or sweeteners, dairy free, just a few ingredients.”
Breakfast Pumpkin Custard – Louisiana Bride
“It’s heavenly. There’s no added sugar, just the sweetness from the bananas. So I definitely suggest using really ripe bananas. I imagine this with a cup of coffee sitting in the backyard when the weather cools down for fall will be my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning. It’s creamy with a bit of crunch from the pecans. You could even replace the pumpkin with sweet potato for a different take on it.”
For more ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out this link from the Whole30 website!