With a lot of my readers being American, I couldn’t ignore the fact that today is Thanksgiving in the USA. So if you’re American – Happy Thanksgiving – and if not – how about having your own international Thanksgiving day? It’s often quite hard to get hold of Turkey where I live in Australia, but I find it a little easier to obtain at this time of year, thanks to the American Expats who live here!
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, how can you accommodate your guests while still keeping it Paleo? Fortunately there are several options out there that will be great for everyone, using a few substitutions to the traditional Thanksgiving menu.
Substitution Ideas For Traditional (Non Paleo!) Thanksgiving Recipes:
- Substituting bread crumbs. A lot of recipes will ask for bread crumbs when you are cooking. A good alternative to bread crumbs is crushed up pork crackling/ pork rinds. Just crush them to the same consistency as you would bread crumbs – or alternatively try ground nuts.
- Instead of sugar, if you can, try to omit entirely. If you can’t, try a more natural sweetener, like raw honey.
- Substitute starch with spaghetti squash, butternut squash, or acorn squash.
- If you’re primal/ dairy free and your recipe needs butter; try using nut oils or coconut butter instead. Replace cow’s milk with coconut milk.
- If you are planning on making a salad use a natural dressing like olive oil and lemon or lime.
- If you’re making a dessert, a recipe may call for whipped cream. An alternative to whipped cream is chilled coconut milk – both healthy and delicious.
- Instead of making a traditional desert, keep it simple with berries in coconut milk.
Cooking for a group of family and friends is a great chance to show case your Paleo diet – and show that eating healthy food does not sacrifice amazing tasting food.
Thanksgiving is a time to share thanks for the blessings in your life – a worth while thing to do if you’re American or not. Are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?