Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes

by Ann Marie Michaels on November 18, 2012

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Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes

Want to celebrate a Real Food Thanksgiving this year but don’t know where to find the recipes? You’ve come to the right place.

These recipes feature traditional foods that have graced Thanksgiving tables for hundreds of years: homemade bone broth, pasture-raised turkey, homemade mashed potatoes and real gravy made from scratch, pie crust made with lard and real butter.

Michael Pollan advises, “Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” So how do you do Thanksgiving when the pie crust is made with hydrogendated, rancid vegetable oil, the gravy is made from a packet, and the cranberry sauce comes out of a BPA-lined can?

Here are some links to some of my favorite real food Thanksgiving recipes available online. I have indicated which recipes are legal on GAPS/SCD/Paleo.

Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes

Recipes for Thanksgiving Morning

11 Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas from Food Renegade
Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bread from The Coconut Mama
Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls from Nourishing Joy
Cranberry Orange Sourdough Muffins from Nourishing Joy
Grain-Free Maple Pecan Muffins from Ditch the Wheat
Orange Hazelnut Biscotti from Cheeseslave
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes from Nourishing Joy
Pumpkin Spice Muffins from Homemade Mommy


Bubbe’s Chopped Liver from Cheeseslave
Chicken Liver Mousse from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Deviled Eggs with Salmon Roe from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Liver Pâté from Gutsy (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Pâté de Campagne, or Country Pâté from Cheeseslave
Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites from Food Renegade

Salad Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Honey Mustard Dressing from Mommypotamus (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)


Citrus Honey Glazed Ham from Too Many Jars in My Kitchen (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
How to Cure Your Own Ham from Too Many Jars in My Kitchen (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
How To Pick Your Turkey from Real Food University
How to Slow-Roast the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey from Nourished Kitchen (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Rosemary, Clementine and Ginger-Stuffed Whole Turkey from And Here We Are (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)


GAPS Diet Stuffing from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing from Real Food Forager (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Homestyle Stuffing from Mommypotamus (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)


Extra Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Cheeseslave
GAPS Mashed Potatoes (Fauxtatoes) from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)


5-Minute GAPS Gravy from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Easy Reduction Sauce from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Gluten-Free Grain-Free Gravy (Grain-free) from Holistic Squid (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

Rolls & Bread

Sour Milk Biscuits from Nourishing Joy
Sprouted Cornbread from Cheeseslave


CranApple Sauce from Real Food Forager (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Mandarin & Cranberry Relish from Nourished Kitchen
Fermented Cranberry Sauce from Oh Lardy (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Spicy Fermented Cranberry Orange Relish from Homemade Mommy (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)



Maple Roasted Yams with Cranberries and Orange from Nourishing Joy

Other Vegetable Side Dishes

Butternut Squash Gratin from Oh Lardy
Butternut Squash Kugel from Homemade Mommy
Garlicky Green Beans from Cultured Palate (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Holiday Butternut Squash from Real Food Forager (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Roasted Beets, Leeks & Carrots from Too Many Jars in My Kitchen (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts from my other blog, Reversing Food Allergies (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Roasted Carrot Whip from Empowered Sustenance (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Roasted Sage Squash with Honey from Whole Green Love (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)


Chocolate Cream Pie from Cheeseslave
Dairy-Free Coconut Whipped Cream from Gutsy (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Grain-Free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars from Kelly the KitchenKop
Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream from Cheeseslave
How to Make Perfect Pie Crust from Cheeseslave
Maple Apple Crisp from Whole Green Love
Maple Pecan Pie from Learning and Yearning
Pecan Crusted Apple Crisp from Real Food Forager (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Pie Crust Two Ways: Grain-Free and Sprouted from Our Nourishing Roots (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Pumpkin Custard from Nourished Kitchen
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Texas Pecan Pie from Cheeseslave
Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Winter Squash Pie from Learning and Yearning


Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer from Coconut Mama (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Spontaneous Apple Cider from Mommypotamus
Old Fashioned Root Beer from Holistic Squid
Kefir Soda Pop from Kelly the Kitchen Kop (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider from 20 Something Allergies (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

What To Do With Leftovers

Black Friday Pie and Turkey Soup from Small Footprint Family (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
How to Make Homemade Chicken (Turkey) Stock from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

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Mags November 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Can or should you brine your turkey before slow roasting? I would have commented on the turkey blog post but I see someone else has asked the same question with no response.


cheeseslave November 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I’m a big believer in brining turkeys! Just let it sit in saltwater overnight in the fridge.


Shamra November 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? All the amazing, healthy, life-giving food! These recipes look fabulous!


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