Thanksgiving and food, they’re inseparable. It’s the one holiday where the purpose is to sit around the table sharing a meal with family and friends. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin desserts… I could go on with the dishes served this holiday.
So, what will you do when you’re trying to eat low-fat high carb? You can take the day off, dive into the holiday meal, and bump yourself out of ketosis.
Or, you can have a delicious Thanksgiving meal that fits entirely into your diet. Yes, you heard that, low carb mash with gravy!
Forget about sitting at the table and eating a completely different meal than the rest of the family. Why can’t you enjoy every dish at the table too?
And you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your weight loss goal or feel guilty afterward either.
How many times have you felt guilty after Thanksgiving before?
I want you to savor every meal at the Thanksgiving table, including dessert. And feel great the next morning!
So, I’ve gathered these 16 Low Carb Dishes for a Complete Thanksgiving Meal that will make you enjoy the holiday like you did when you were a kid. No guilt, just yum.
SOUP AND SALAD
Do you enjoy the holiday meal by course, or is it all laid out on the table? This soup and salad are perfect to begin the festivities.
Get creative and serve the soup in shot glasses or the salad in Martini glasses. This gives your table an elegant look and helps control portions. It comes especially handy if you want to taste every dish at the table.
#1 FABULOUS FENNEL SALAD
This fennel salad is, well… fabulous, as the name suggests. Aside from being refreshing and preparing your palate for the rest of the meal, it’s very easy to make. If you’re the one cooking most of the Thanksgiving meal, then you’ll appreciate this dish.
If you haven’t had much fennel, give it a try. It’s delicious! Carol, from Studio Botanica, combines it with radishes, parsley, onion, and cucumber. When you add the olive oil and lemon flavors, it completes this delicious recipe.
#2 CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER, SAUSAGE & CAULIFLOWER SOUP
Raia shows that she knows her way around the kitchen with this red pepper, sausage, and cauliflower soup. She had me at red peppers and sausage!
I can almost taste the slightly sweet flavor of red peppers with the savory combination of sausage. And the cauliflower balances the punch of the two other ingredients. Check out how to make this soup at Raia’s Recipes.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. But, why not have variety?
If you have a very large table or finicky eaters, then here you’ll find several options for one of the most important parts of the Thanksgiving meal. Let’s be real, it’s a toss-up between turkey and pumpkin-flavored dessert for the most important Thanksgiving dish. 😉
#3 KETO THANKSGIVING TURKEY
Mira at My PCOS Kitchen has a keto Thanksgiving turkey recipe that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
She uses herbed butter under the turkey skin to make the meat flavorful, tender, and juicy. I can almost taste the deliciousness… Mmmmm!
You can also link up to her keto cranberry sauce through this turkey recipe. Check it out!
#4 DUTCH OVEN ROASTED RED CURRY WHOLE CHICKEN
As I mentioned earlier, holiday dinners call for variety, especially if you have a large family. Believe me, I know what it’s like to have a Christmas dinner with “only 65” of the closest family members!
On the other hand, this year it looks like Jeremy and I will be doing Thanksgiving on our own, so this chicken recipe comes in handy to have the “whole bird” Thanksgiving experience without a 10-pound bird.
This Dutch oven roasted red curry whole chicken recipe by ChihYu at I Heart Umami is to die for. Wow, this one goes beyond Thanksgiving dinner too! You can make it for any occasion. Best of all, you cook the whole meal in one.
#5 TURKEY PUMPKIN CHILI IN THE SLOW COOKER
If you wanna get really creative this Thanksgiving, how about some turkey pumpkin chili in the slow cooker? You can have this the day after too. A hearty meal to keep you warm on chilly days.
This Low Carb Yum recipe is a great option if you’re having a very small Thanksgiving too. Perfect if you don’t want to go all out with an entire holiday meal but still want to keep the turkey theme going.
By far, what you see the most of at the Thanksgiving dinner table is side dishes. So, here you’ll find a wide variety of sides to make your holiday table feel like the Thanksgiving meals you grew up with.
#6 TUSCAN ROASTED BROCCOLI
This Tuscan roasted broccoli by Savoring Today is heavenly. Broccoli and garlic are always wonderful combinations, but then you add Parmesan cheese, pistachios, and lemon zest, and this broccoli recipe is to die for.
Why make a boring broccoli dish when you have this recipe?
#7 THREE INGREDIENT PUREED CAULIFLOWER
Mashed potatoes are an essential part of the Thanksgiving meal, but potatoes aren’t keto friendly or low carb. So, that’s where cauliflower mash comes into the picture.
If you’re going for easy-to-make yet delicious and flavorful, then you have to try the Organic Kitchen’s three-ingredient pureed cauliflower.
Don’t be fooled by the small number of ingredients in this recipe. Just check out the picture and you won’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to have some of this cauliflower mash.
#8 LOW CARB KETO CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES
Wholesome Yum’s low carb keto cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe has more ingredients and a different twist on flavors.
It includes your classic garlic and chives, but then Maya adds butter and full-fat coconut cream to enhance the creaminess and flavors of this cauliflower mash with a slightly different and subtle twist.
#9 KETO TURKEY GIBLET GRAVY
Every mash needs its faithful companion, gravy. And My PCOS Kitchen has an amazing turkey giblet gravy recipe. It delivers in flavor and thickness. With this recipe, you can use xanthan gum (or guar gum) instead of cornstarch to thicken the gravy, just as you would have it regularly.
#10 GRANDMA JULIA’S GREEN BEANS
Try Grandma Julia’s green beans recipe by The Organic Kitchen. Grandma Julia must be a very special person because her recipe looks delicious with a great combination of pine nuts, tomatoes, garlic, and basil. I’m loving the Italian essence of this green bean recipe!
#11 PAN FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON & DRIED CRANBERRIES
A Thanksgiving meal without cranberries just doesn’t feel like a real Thanksgiving meal. I hadn’t included cranberries yet because they tend to include sugar. But, I cannot write this post without them.
Raia’s Recipes has an amazing combination of brussels sprouts, bacon, and cranberries to satisfy that holiday craving. Check out her pan-fried brussels sprouts with bacon and dried cranberry here.
#12 HERB STUFFED MUSHROOMS
These herb stuffed mushrooms by I Heart Umami can be served an appetizer or a side dish.
While mushrooms tend to have a mild flavor, stuffed with parsley, mint, and parmesan cheese, amongst other tasty ingredients, these mushrooms are anything but mildly flavored.
#13 LOW CARB PALEO CAULIFLOWER STUFFING
Who said you have to let go of stuffing just because you’re eating low carb? Wholesome Yum is at it again with a delicious recipe. This time it’s a low-carb paleo cauliflower stuffing packed with herbs and seasonings that make this cauliflower stuffing unforgettable.
#14 PALEO KETO THANKSGIVING STUFFING RECIPE
If your favorite part of stuffing is the bread, then go with A Girl Worth Saving’s paleo keto Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. With this one, you can bake your own Keto “cornbread” to make a phenomenal stuffing recipe that nobody will know is low carb.
I hope you left room for dessert! Here are two options of delectable sweet recipes that’ll make you have Thanksgiving more than once a year.
#15 PUMPKIN MOUSSE RECIPE
You can’t have Thanksgiving without some sort of pumpkin flavored desserts. Ditch the pumpkin pie and go with this pumpkin mousse recipe by Low Carb Yum.
#16 KETO LEMON BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
For those who’ve had too much pumpkin flavored desserts by the time Thanksgiving comes around, make these keto lemon blueberry muffins.
The Organic Kitchen’s muffins for dessert after dinner or for breakfast the next morning.
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THESE KETO THANKSGIVING MEAL RECIPES THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY?
I hope this roundup of Keto Thanksgiving meal recipes that the whole family will enjoy gives you enough ideas to focus this holiday on the important part, family.
While you always enjoy the time with family, the difference this year will be that your meal won’t be accompanied by a side of guilt over what you ate.
Enjoy the holiday!
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BEFORE YOU GO, DON’T FORGET
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