Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for Paleos

Rumor has it that JT’s wife, Jessica Biel, maintains her slender physique with the Paleo diet. Your CrossFit workout buddy swears by it too. Countless Americans over the past few years have embraced a caveman-like mentality when it comes to eating and, chances are, you will have a few guests seated at your Thanksgiving table that prefer to eat lean meats, fruits and vegetables rather than grains, dairy or processed foods. Keep everyone happy by incorporating a few of these Paleo recipes into your holiday menu this year.

Sausage, Apple, Cranberry Stuffing

Skip the bread-filled stuffing and serve this flavorful recipe made with healthy ingredients instead. It has a unique flavor that compliments the turkey perfectly.


Streusel Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to Thanksgiving must-haves, sweet potato dishes are high on the list. Quite a few sweet potato casserole recipes use brown sugar and butter, however. This version uses coconut milk for a velvety texture and honey to satisfy your sweet tooth.



Pairing cornbread with your flavorful turkey dinner rather than heavy dinner rolls is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Guests who eat dairy will love it smothered with butter, while those who don’t can use honey.


Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary

One of the nice things about this recipe is it can be made up to four hours ahead of time and popped into the oven to quickly reheat when the turkey is out of the way. It adds both flavor and color to your holiday menu.


Butternut Squash Soup

A coconut base makes this Paleo-friendly soup a fall favorite. Serve it as a starter or side dish on Thanksgiving, or grab a larger bowl and make a meal out of the leftovers.


This is just a small sampling of many delicious Paleo recipes that will leave you feeling energetic and satisfied on a day that is often associated with gorging on processed foods until you feel tired and sick. Do you have other favorites in your recipe repertoire? Share them in the comments below.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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