Thanksgiving is almost here! Or as I like to call it: Ab D-Day. I’ve been squeezing in extra cardio on top of my weightlifting regime to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with the family because we’re from the South, and we don’t mess around. I even bought special, extra elastic-y yoga pants for the occasion. (That’s a lie, but I do think it would be a good idea.)
Oh, and this gold and plaid tablescape is totally happening. (Yes, half of it is from the Goodwill.)
So since my husband Alex and I will be spending our first Thanksgiving as a married couple up in Tennessee with my family, I wanted to start our own little tradition of having our own Thanksgiving feast. 1.) Because it’s adorable and romantic 2.) Traditions make me happy. 3.) I love an excuse to cook. 4.) Because I can now eat double the amount of Thanksgiving foods, and that is always a win.
This year, I’m actually going to end up having THREE Thanksgivings because our marriage small group has been planning a Friendsgiving, so make that triple the amount of Thanksgiving foods. And somehow I
got nominated volunteered to cook The Turkey. Like a legit one.
Due to a little thing called a full-time job, unfortunately that is not going to able to happen on a weekday. I didn’t realize there were so many steps involved in cooking a dang turkey. Like might as well be turkey babysitting ’cause you gotta be there the WHOLE TIME. Yikes.
Is there a crockpot version? That’s more my style.
But I digress. Back to paleo Thanksgiving.
“This year, I’m thankful for the burrito emoji.” #husbandquotes
While I do want to eat all the stuffing, taters and turkey to my hearts content (x3), I also want to keep my abs content. So for our couple’s Thanksgiving dinner, I’m going with healthier versions of our favorite dishes. This paleo Thanksgiving menu for two serves up just the right amount of food with about half the calories and half the effort. What better excuse to try a paleo meal than Thanksgiving? I mean, pilgrims…cavemen…practically the same thing.
Paleo Thanksgiving Menu for Two
- Oven-roasted turkey breasts with rosemary
Despite my husband’s uncanny ability to eat for four and my love for leftovers, I don’t think we really need a whole turkey. Turkey breasts it is!
- Mashed sweet potatoes
Because sweet potatoes seem healthier than normal potatoes. (And I already have them.)
- Paleo green bean casserole with bacon
If you don’t have green bean casserole, is it really Thanksgiving? (Answer: no) Bacon makes this a primal winner.
- Spinach salad with cranberries, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds
A super scrumptious seasonal salad that takes about 5 minutes to make. (Throw it all in a bowl and toss with a balsamic vinaigrette.)
- Paleo pumpkin pie
Cheers to traditions. I’m topping mine with coconut milk whipped cream mostly because I love an excuse to use my KitchenAid Mixer*.
- Paleo biscuits
Or as I like to call them, the BEST BISCUITS EVER. Slather those bad boys with paleo apple butter for maximum paleo power.
If this menu doesn’t float your boat, here are 33 more paleo Thanksgiving recipes that I might just have to try next year. Or next week. Tis the season, right?