15 Paleo Alternatives to Classic Thanksgiving Fixings

Too early to start holiday prepping? NEVER.

YOU GET TO ENJOY THANKSGIVING, AND YOU GET TO ENJOY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE GETS TO ENJOY THANKSGIVING NO MATTER WHAT THE HEALTH RESTRICTIONS! Or mainly if you’re Paleo like me and just want some stuffing. Check out these awesome recipes so that the whole family can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with no restrictions!

15. Easy Paleo Gravy from Cook Eat Paleo

Now, you have to start Thanksgiving off on the right foot. Gravy is a staple when it comes to Thanksgiving fixings and honestly, you really can’t live without it. Can’t be having dry turkey on the holiday right? Anyways, the thing that sucks about gravy is most of the time it’s thickened with flour to give it that goopey texture. Anyways, I usually buy my gluten-free gravy from the store, but if you’re feeling ambitious, this is a great recipe by Cook Eat Paleo to ensure that you won’t have dry turkey for days! Check out the full recipe here.

14. Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash from PaleOMG

One of my top memories of Thanksgiving is eating my Uncle Chris’s award-winning roasted Brussels sprouts. Every year I look forward to seeing how he will concoct a new creation or blend of flavors to add to the classic roasted recipe. To make your own heavenly batch of Brussels (ignore all those Brussels haters out there), check out this recipe by PaleOMG here.

13. Fluffy Mashed Cauliflower (with Roasted Garlic) from Worthy Pause


How the h*ck are these things healthy!? Like that doesn’t look like cauliflower to me! That looks like some starchy potato goodness! Talk about an amazing job well-done by Worthy Pause! For this healthy and Paleo alternative to your typical Thanksgiving potatoes, check out this recipe here.

12. Sausage and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms with Sage from Wholesomelicious


These little bit sized appetizers are a great way to hold you over while the turkey’s finishing up in the oven! It’s a great way also to serve a small platter without using crackers! Check out the full recipe by Wholesomelicious here.

11. Simple Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce from Paleo Running Momma

When it comes to cranberry sauce, I usually just buy it from the store because something about that canned jelly goodness strikes the heart just right. But, the downside is it is extremely fake and full of sugar. So as a great alternative if you’re feeling crafty is this amazing recipe by Paleo Running Momma. This way it can also ensure no cross contamination if you’re making it yourself! Check out the full recipe on her site here.

10. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds from ONEMINA at Allrecipes

For a super simple and easy pop in your mouth appetizer to keep yourself distracted on a lighter note while waiting for the full meal! Check out the full recipe from ONEMINA here.

9. Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Roasted Turkey from The Healthy Foodie

Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Roasted Turkey | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Now for the main course itself! This recipe looks amazingly delicious and that glaze looks to die for! Plus it’s all naturally Paleo! For this full recipe to get you all prepped and ready for the big day, check out The Healthy Foodie’s site here.

8. Rosemary Balsamic Butternut Squash from Steph Gaudreau

Rosemary Balsamic Butternut Squash | stephgaudreau.com

To take a step away from sweet potatoes for a second, WE HAVE SQUASH NOW. Amazing alternative and an equally amazing recipe by Steph Gaudreau! For the full recipe on this simple side dish, check out her site here.

7. Savory Sweet Potato Biscuits from Savory Lotus

Would anyone help a girl out and sign a petition to force Pillsbury to make gluten-free versions of their bake-able biscuits? Cause like, those are what dreams are made of. ANYWAYS, since I can’t have those, but still love biscuits, I found this awesome recipe that is grain free AND includes sweet potato because it’s basically an unhealthy addiction at this point. Check out this awesome recipe by Savory Lotus here.

6. Paleo Dinner Rolls from Paleo Spirit

The second-to-worst part of the holidays in my opinion is the smell of warm bread that I know I can’t eat. Sad life. ANYWAYS, this recipe by Paleo Spirit looks like an amazing rendition on your classic dinner roll without all the typical Gluten-free crumbliness! For the full recipe to make your house smell with the scent of amazingly warm GLUTEN FREE bread, click here.

5. Thanksgiving Savory Bacon Butternut Squash Souffle from PaleOMG

butternut souffle3

Mmmmm a savory souffle sounds like it could hit the spot perfectly right about now. Talk about a great alternative to like a dinner roll to accompany your Thanksgiving feast! Check out this awesomely simple recipe by PaleOMG here.

4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Squash from Real Food With Dana

I would probably switch the squash out for a sweet potato, but everything else stuffed inside here looks AMAZING. I love the inspiration this recipe gave me for a next day meal! Check out the full recipe to follow or get inspiration from here.

3. Paleo Green Bean Casserole from My Heart Beets

paleo green bean casserole - gluten free, dairy free recipe from myheartbeets.com

Another staple of a Thanksgiving dish that I love, but can have plenty of gluten hidden throughout. Check out this great crunchy and Paleo rendition by My Heart Beets here.

2. Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole from Tastes of Lizzy T

Sweet Potato Casserole may be one of my all-time favorite inventions EVER (next to pancakes of course). Like we have sweet potatoes which are already a favorite in my book, then you basically add anything from brown sugar and cinnamon to candied pecans. CAN LIFE GET ANY BETTER?! Only thing I hated was some people added flour to thicken the batter without warning me! So check out this recipe by Tastes of Lizzy T that has no gluten in sight here!

1. “Cornbread” Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing {Grain Free, Dairy Free} from Paleo Running Momma

Now for the MOST important aspect of Thanksgiving Dinner in my opinion, the stuffing. The thing I always hated, once I was deemed fully gluten-free, was watching my family eat homemade stuffing and wishing I could have it too! Well a few years back, my mom decided to get crafty and make a gluten-free stuffing just for me and let me tell you, I was in HEAVEN. Now, I have found a great recipe online by Paleo Running Momma, so all of you out there who are Paleo like me, can truly enjoy all that Thanksgiving has to offer! ENJOY the recipe here!


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