Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is a notoriously gluttonous holiday. And if you are committed to the Whole30 lifestyle, you know that it doesn’t come with any “cheat” days. But you can skip the gravy, the stuffing and (GASP!) even the pies, and still leave the table feeling satisfied. Really! Here’s how to host a healthy, Whole30 friendly Thanksgiving dinner.
Let Your Guests Know
If you’re committed to the program, chances are you already have a support team in place. Your close friends and immediate family members should understand the importance of your lifestyle change. Still, it’s a good idea to let them know—along with any invitees that may not be in the loop—that you won’t be serving any of the program’s off-limit foods.
Plan Your Menu
The Whole30 website offers a roundup of recipe ideas for your Thanksgiving Feast. From there you can fill in the gaps with Thanksgiving recipes from other sources. For instance, you could serve the following to compliment your roasted turkey:
- Sundried Tomato and Macadamia Pesto Deviled Eggs
- Roasted Acorn Squash Salad
- Golden Cauliflower Soup
- Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Roasted Potatoes with Sausage and Peppers
Many of your guests will be more than happy to help out and bring a Whole30 dish, but others may not be so willing to venture from traditional Thanksgiving recipes. If guests bring a bottle of wine, a basket of rolls or anything else that’s not on your list of approved foods, be sure to serve it. That doesn’t mean that you have to eat it, however.
Don’t Forget the Kids
Kids and roasted vegetables don’t always go hand in hand. If there are going to be youngsters at your table, make sure that your menu includes a few dishes for picky eaters. They might not eat roasted carrots, but kids love Carrot Fries. It’s also a good idea to set aside a small portion of finely chopped turkey breast and mix it with some rice for toddlers.
Get Creative with Leftovers
Thanksgiving leftovers are arguably better than the holiday feast itself. But since there won’t be any leftover pie for breakfast, what are you supposed to eat? Scramble some eggs to eat with the Roasted Potatoes with Sausage and Peppers, or turn those extra sweet potatoes into Hash and Eggs. What do you do with all of that turkey if you can’t stack it between two thick slices of bread? Get creative and try some Turkey and Potato Soup instead.
What are your favorite Whole30 friendly Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments and share this post with members of your support team!