Monday, November 19, 2012

Grain-Free Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up


I thought I'd share some links for grain-free Thanksgiving recipes.  Some are from my site, and others are from around the 'net.

  • Slow roasted turkey - This recipe from Nourished Kitchen looks fabulous.
  • Herb gravy - Elana uses cooked onions to thicken the gravy instead of flour. Genius!
  • Caramelized beets and carrots - This recipe is loved by both of my kids and would make a great Thanksgiving side dish. 
  • Simple buttered veggies - Broccoli, peas, or cauliflower are great this way.
  • Roasted cauliflower with garlic and lemon juice - I adore this recipe from Emeril. I cook it at a lower temperature for longer, and substitute a combination of butter and refined coconut oil for the olive oil (since I prefer not to cook with olive oil because most of its benefits are lost with heat).
  • Caramelized green beans - Caramelized green beans are a staple item at every Thanksgiving feast for my family.  For our holiday, I'll use chicken stock in this recipe.
  • Mashed butternut squash - Mashed butternut squash is a great alternative to potatoes or even sweet potatoes.  My favorite ways to season mashed butternut squash are savory (with butter, garlic, and thyme) or sweet (with ginger, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of honey). 
  • Mashed cauliflower - This recipe from Wringing Out My Sponge sounds like a delicious stand in for mashed potatoes. (It is not quite GAPS-legal, though, since it uses cream cheese.)
  • Ginger-dill sauerkraut - Sauerkraut is a delicious, digestion-promoting ferment that pairs well with lots of foods.
  • Cranberry sauce with apples and ginger - This cranberry sauce is wonderfully tart, and spiced with ginger and orange.
  • Pumpkin pie clafoutis - This recipe is a wonderful stand-in for the traditional pumpkin pie.  I like to make it with homemade pumpkin puree
Happy Thanksgiving!

6 comments :

Megan said...

Sarah, great minds think alike! I'm posting a similar round-up on ModernAlternativeMama.com tomorrow for dairy-free Thanksgiving & fall recipes! (I think they are subsequently grain-free as well)! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. Thanks for all th great recipe options. Check out more here. The "stuffing" recipe is especially good. http://wellnessmama.com/3437/thanksgiving-day-healthy-menu-plan-and-shopping-list/#

Jenny L. said...

Hi Sarah, I was wondering if you could give me some advice on brewer's yeast. I noticed recently that my brand of multivitamin (which also contains a saccharomyces boulardii probiotic) also contains brewer's yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae) under "other ingredients". I know S. Boulardii can be good for people with candida, which is why I am taking this, but I am alarmed because I don't think/know if brewer's yeast is GAPS-legal. I have been on the GAPS diet for about 10 weeks so far, and want to do at least 3 to 6 months (13-26 weeks). Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks!

Sarah Smith said...

Hi Jenny,
I looked in all the usual online places and couldn't find a specific answer for brewer's yeast. However, I did find this on Dr. NCM's site:
"Yes, I allow some species of yeast, providing that the person is not allergic to it, as some people with yeast overgrowth can be. Kefir contains yeast species (which I recommend for majority of my patients) and in many patients I recommend S. boulardii as a supplement, which is also yeast."

Starlene @ GAPS Diet Journey said...

Great line up! Just to let you know I found Faux-tatoes are amazing as a mashed potato substitute and are lovely and delicious with only butter. I have found there are a couple of important things - one you must steam the cauliflower above the level of water else it is too soggy without the cream cheese and the second is to whip the cauliflower until creamy using an immersion blender or food processor. We are having these today with our Thanksgiving meal along with mushroom onion gravy (GAPS legal!).

Sarah Smith said...

Starlene, thanks for sharing your tips! Happy Thanksgiving!