I decided to do something a little different from my “Things I Love Friday.” Instead, I got an idea while I was walking through the grocery store. All of the typical Thanksgiving food items were displayed prominently and people were quickly buying them up for Thursday. But have you ever looked at the ingredients before?
Everyone has memories of their family opening up that can of cranberry sauce, the ridges of the can still indented on the side as it slides out onto your plate. But turn over the can and you realize it’s definitely not just cranberries.
- Instead check out Nom Nom Paleo’s Cran-Cherry Sauce. Ingredients: Cranberries, cherries, apple juice, ginger, salt and honey.
- Too complicated? Then check out Cook Eat Paleo’s 3-Ingredient Paleo Cranberry Sauce. Ingredients: Cranberries, orange juice and honey.
Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole. Also known as Green beans with French Fried Onions. The green beans are healthy, but those french fried onions are nothing more than wheat flour, soy flour and sugar.
- Just replace those fried onions with caramelized onions. Like Chow Bella did for her Easy Green Beans with Caramelized Onions.
- Or get extra fancy like Delicious Obsessions’ Tangy Green Bean Salad. The dressing made from macadamia nut oil, olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper sounds amazing!
Every Thanksgiving needs gravy. But I would definitely pass on this one. Caramel color, soybean and corn oil, modified corn starch? Nope.
- So many options for homemade gravy. Healthy for Two’s Gluten-Free Paleo Gravy. Just replace the chicken with your turkey.
- How about some bacon? Check out Three Diets One Dinner Paleo Cream Gravy. Ingredients: Bacon drippings, arrowroot starch, coconut milk, salt and pepper.
- How about cauliflower? Yes, cauliflower. Easy Paleo Gravy by Cook Eat Paleo. Ingredients: turkey fat from pan drippings, onions, cauliflower, turkey or chicken stock, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Or we can get really fancy with Holistic Squid’s Gluten-free Gravy. Ingredients: turkey fat, onions, garlic, turkey or chicken broth, bay leaves, nutmeg, sage, ghee, black and white pepper, and salt.
But what’s gravy without mashed potatoes? Nowadays, you can buy them from a box. If you also want to eat partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil…
- Most paleo people don’t eat white potatoes, so there are a few ways of doing this. One way is like A Calculated Whisk’s Mashed Rutabaga and Squash with Roasted Garlic. Ingredients: squash, garlic, rutabaga, olive oil, coconut milk, salt and pepper, and chives.
- Or there are sweet potatoes. Meatified took it one step further with Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin. Ingredients: sweet potatoes, almond flour, coconut butter, coconut milk, pumpkin puree, garlic powder, salt and thyme.
- Somewhat related, remember those sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows on top? CupcakesOMG makes a version that looks just as good, possibly even better. Ingredients: sweet potatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice with maple syrup pecans on top.
I was pretty surprised at the ingredients found in Stove Top Stuffing. My mom makes this every year! High fructose corn syrup, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil…
- Instead of wheat, most paleo eaters agree that ground pork is the way to go. Like Primal Palate’s Stuffing.
- And Paleo Parents’ Pork Stuffing Casserole.
- Or do like PaleOMG’s Thanksgiving Caramelized Onion and Sausage Stuffing and use pork sausage.
Can’t forget Pumpkin Pie. And for most people, making one from scratch isn’t their first option. This one that I found in the frozen food section is filled with soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup and even carrageenan.
- Thankfully there are a number of easy homemade versions, like Against All Grain’s Gluten-free and Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie.
- Or Elana’s Pantry’s Paleo Pumpkin Pie.
- Don’t want to bother with a crust? Check out Meatified’s Paleo Pumpkin Pie Pudding.
And finally, crescent bread rolls. Yes, these are delicious. But have you ever looked at those ingredients? Vital wheat gluten, preservatives, Yellow 5 and Red 40. “Trivial amount of Trans Fat!?”
- OK so first off, the real paleo answer to this is to just skip the bread. When your plate is pilled high with turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes etc, do you really need a lousy piece of bread to take up space in your stomach?
- If the answer is still yes, check out Paleo Spirit’s Paleo Dinner Rolls. I have made these before and they’re not half bad. I cut them in half and used them as burger buns.
- Or these Paleo Dinner Muffins by Paleo Cupboard look pretty tasty. Ingredients: Coconut flour, sea salt, eggs, apple cider vinegar, unsweetened applesauce, honey and coconut oil.
- Or a different version by The Wheatless Kitchen. Ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour,dried sage, salt, baking soda, honey, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and eggs.
Hopefully those links gave you some new ideas for what to make this coming Thursday. Yes, these recipes are a bit more complicated than opening a box. But let me know if you give any a try. I want to hear about your cooking adventures, the good and the bad.
What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving?
Are there better store-bought versions of what I found that don’t contain so many chemicals?