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Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes (+ Including Full Dinner Menu)

Louise | November 12
Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes (Includin Full Dinner Menu)

Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping or browsing recipes on Pinterest.

It’s the time of year to count our blessings, and I have just so many things to be thankful for. Family, good friends, and delicious food all help to keep me warm when the weather gets chilly. I’m also thankful for the great community of Paleo food bloggers and their recipes; because of them, I don’t have to miss any of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes this year.


Here is our perfect Paleo Thanksgiving dinner menu, plus many other delicious Paleo Thanksgiving recipes to choose from.

The Perfect Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Starting Off Your Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner:

Holiday Dino-Chow: Spiced Nuts

Paleo Thanksgiving Spiced Nuts
Salty, sweet and delicious, this spiced nut mix is the perfect accompaniment to welcome drinks as the guests start arriving for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Melissa also provides a list of all the “caveman-approved” (i.e. Paleo-friendly) nuts… plenty of options here to customize it with your favorites! (Photo credit: David Humphreys. Reprint permission from Melissa of Well Fed)

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese
Make sure to cook up a large batch of these as they’ll go fast. The cashew cheese should be started the night before so that it’ll form that gooey cheese-like consistency.

A Few Classic Components:

Of course you can be creative and original this Thanksgiving, but there are some things that I personally wouldn’t dream of forgetting. Bread rolls, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce are among those and these are our top picks:

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Gluten-free Cranberry Orange Muffins [Paleo]

Thanksgiving means that cranberries are already par for the course, so set some aside for this sweet and tasty orange cranberry muffins.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Creamy Paleo Cauliflower Mash Recipe #paleo #recipes #glutenfree

This is your perfect mashed potato substitute – and much healthier to boot! The addition of ghee gives it that creamy flavor that we all love in mashed potatoes.

Gluten Free Gravy

Of course you need some gravy for that mashed cauliflower, and I’m so relieved to know that a Paleo-friendly gravy option exists in this world! Grass Fed Girl uses arrowroot flour as her thickener and it really does the trick. (She provides a link to order some if you don’t already have it in the pantry).

Paleo Stuffing

Paleo stuffing recipe
Regular stuffing made with day-old bread is so not Paleo! But we still need it on the Thanksgiving table. This awesome recipe uses ground turkey and sweet potatoes as a substitute, but doesn’t forget to add a great mix of fruits and delicious spices like rosemary, thyme and sage to make for an incredible stuffing! You definitely won’t miss the breadcrumbs.

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Paleo Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
Ah cranberry sauce, the harmonizer that balances out all those brown savory dishes with it’s sweetness and beautiful hue. This recipe from Primally Inspired also includes orange and apple but still keeps it simple with few other ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. Canned cranberry sauce? Never again! (Photo permission from Kelly of Primally Inspired.)

Amazing Thanksgiving Casseroles:

I’ve been abroad the past few Thanksgivings and the green bean casserole that my aunt makes is the dish I have missed the most. Here are two great options for making your own:

Green Bean Casserole

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe - Green Bean Casserole from Grass Fed Girl
Coconut milk and tapioca starch make the perfect mixture for this delicious green bean casserole, keeping it gluten- and dairy-free. (Photo permission from Caitlin of Grass Fed Girl.)

Clean Green Bean Casserole

Paleo Thanksgiving Casserole
This casserole is different from the above because it blends a mix of parsnips and mushrooms to make a ‘vegan cream’ base that holds it all together. (Photo permission from Megan, The Detoxinista.)

Top Side Dish Ideas:

Casseroles aren’t the only worthy non-Turkey dish at the Thanksgiving table. Here are some more of our favorite side dishes to diversify the menu and keep things interesting!

Mashed Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Paleo Coconut Sweet Potato Mash
These mashed sweet potatoes are a delicious side dish – colorful, sweet and the perfect texture.

Easy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Easy Bacon Brussels Sprouts
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “everything goes better with bacon!” It’s taken me a little while to warm to Brussels sprouts, but throw in some bacon and I just can’t resist them.

Paleo Apple Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Paleo Apple Pecan Brussels Sprouts Recipe
This Brussels sprouts recipe from Louise mixes baconized sprouts with sweet apple and crunchy pecans for a great range of flavors and textures!

Paleo Root Vegetables Mash

Easy Root Vegetable Mash Recipe

Here’s another mash recipe using an interesting blend of root veggies and apple.

Coconut Almond Green Beans

Paleo Thanksgiving Coconut Green Beans
If you’re not opting for one of the green bean casseroles above, at least give the people their green beans one way or another! Melissa makes these delicious green beans with onion, garlic, sliced almond and an array of spices and flavors. Topped off with coconut milk, lime juice and cilantro, and I sense a Thanksgiving-meets-Asian-fusion theme going on here! (Photo credit: David Humphreys. Permission to reprint from Melissa of Well Fed.)

Paleo Apple Sweet Potato Spread

This spread not only has some great Autumn spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and more!) but I can imagine it adding a delicious flavor as a topping on any of these sides or even atop a big slice o’ turkey.

Turkey and Meat Mains:

As you probably know, every year on Thanksgiving, the president pardons a turkey. That reminds me think of another thing I’m thankful for – that we don’t have to! It should go without saying; the turkey is the star of Thanksgiving and these recipes are stars in my book.

Turkey Brine

If you don’t know what brine is or why you should be doing it, head on over to Paleo Plan where Sally breaks it down for you. This will make for the perfect moist and flavorful turkey but beware; it’s a long one with a different list of ingredients and processes for all parts of the bird. Don’t wait until the last minute to get reading and get cooking.

Easy Roasted Turkey with Sage and Butter

Paleo Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
If you waited until the last minute, spent too much time on your side dishes, or were otherwise just overwhelmed by the recipe above, here is a simpler alternative. It’s certainly not as elaborate as other turkey recipes, but for the effort-to-flavor ratio, this recipe is pretty darn awesome. This recipe includes butter so remember to opt for the grass-fed kind to keep it Paleo. (Photo permission from Mellissa of I Breathe… I’m Hungry.)

Ham with Candied Orange Glaze

Paleo Thanksgiving Candied Ham I never really understood why someone always brought a ham to Thanksgiving. Turkey usually overshadows it anyway (and it has its moment in the spotlight a few weeks later at Christmas), but since it adds to the variety and you’re probably going to make one anyway, I’ll suggest this amazing recipe of ham with candied orange glaze. You just cannot beat that magical-looking glaze. Also, I never realized how crosshatch patterns cut in the ham allow for maximum glaze absorption. Good tip! (Photo permission from Nancy and James of She Cooks He Cleans.)

Perfect Thanksgiving Pies – A Sweet Way To End Your Meal

You might wonder just from reading this menu how there will be any room left in your stomach to fit in dessert, but I know from years of experience: where there’s a pie, there’s a way.

Maple Pumpkin Pie

We all need our classic pumpkin pie at the end of a hearty Thanksgiving meal, and I’m grateful that Joshua from Slim Palate has offered up this yummy spin on it! The crust has a base of almond meal and pecan meal and the filling keeps it Paleo with the help of maple sugar, eggs, and coconut milk.

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie

Runner up for most beloved Thanksgiving pie is the pecan pie and this one from Paleo Running Momma looks amazing. The crust uses several flours (almond, tapioca, coconut).

More Delish Thanksgiving Desserts

While pies often take center stage, they don’t have to be the be-all-end-all of Thanksgiving desserts. Here are some more great options for the Thanksgiving dessert table.

Grandma’s Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler from Grass Fed Girl
Cobblers are kind of like upside-down pies: the crust is only on top (and sometimes it’s more of a light sprinkle than a full layer). This cobbler has a coconut flour crust and a delicious blackberry and maple syrup filling. The only hiccup here is that blackberries are typically an end-of-summer treat, but I usually keep a bag in the freezer for exactly this reason. (Photo permission from Caitlin of Grass Fed Girl.)

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Paleo Apple Crisp from Grass Fed Girl This cinnamon apple crisp looks like it could be a cobbler version of the pecan pie but that’s only because you can’t see the yummy warm apples hidden under that top layer of pecans! Note that if you opt for the whipping cream, you’ll be heading out of Paleo territory and into Primal. (Photo permission from Caitlin of Grass Fed Girl.)

No-Bake Paleo Apple Pies

No-Bake Apple Pie
Louise’s No-Bake Apple Pie is an easy alternative to baked pies and makes for a delicious, effortless addition to the Paleo dessert section!

And there you have it, your perfect Paleo Thanksgiving meal plan. Of course there are many more fabulous options and we certainly don’t want you to limit yourself, so here are many more great ideas for Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes for side dishes, mains and desserts. Yummy Paleo food for the holiday season is certainly something to be thankful for!

More Paleo Thanksgiving Side Dishes

1. Lemon Roasted Asparagus

2. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Fruit Salad

3. Eggplant Caviar

4. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

5. Cumin Roasted Carrot Coins

6. Garlic Balsamic Grilled Butternut

7. Velvety Butternut Squash

8. Kale and Caramelized Onion Sweet Potatoes

9. Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup

More Paleo Thanksgiving Bread Recipes

1. Grain Free Sweet Potato Bread

More Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

1. Last Minute Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing

2. Shrimp and Bacon Thanksgiving Dressing

3. Easy Recipe Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs

4. Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

More Paleo Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipes

1. Quick Cranberry Apple Compote

2. Paleo Cranberry Sauce

3. Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Ginger

4. Spiced Cranberry Sauce

5. Mandarin-Ginger Cranberry Sauce

6. Tart Cranberry Sauce

More Chicken and Turkey Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

2. Juicy Ranch Chicken

3. Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Turkey

4. Perfect Smoked Turkey

More Paleo Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

1. Easy Paleo Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coconut Pie

2. No Bake Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (Egg-Free)

3. Thanksgiving Recipe Pumpkin Pielettes

4. Paleo Apple Pie

5. Pumpkin Pie Tarts

6. Paleo Pumpkin Pie

More Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

1. Grandma’s Paleo Sweet Potato Oven Pancake

2. Pumpkin Custard

3. Paleo Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple Vanilla Frosting

4. Grain-Free Apple Cake

5. Grain-Free Pumpkin Paleo

6. No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts- Vegan and Paleo

7. Butternut Squash Crumble

8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Vegan

(Featured image photo used with permission from Mellissa of I Breathe… I’m Hungry.)

Ellen Christian - November 13

Thank you so much for sharing my recipe. Off to check out the others. Sharing!

Collin kapp - November 15

Its very nice recipes but some of the ingredients in the recipes are very hard to find in South Africa, if I can make a suggestion, please do some research on the ingredients that is good for paleo resipes and is easily available and optainable in our country.

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