Sorry Dad :: Keto Friendly Thankgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays ever, because FOOD :: 

Thanksgiving can be so much fun. If you have never hosted Thanksgiving, it can be stressful. Soon you will be inundated with Tips to Hosting Thanksgiving, How to Survive Thanksgiving with Food Allergies, or even tips on having a vegetarian Thanksgiving. You will even be searching for Thanksgiving Cocktails to help you get through this magical holiday. My family {generally 8 adults, 6 kids, and 7 dogs} comes together to eat a meal that has been the same for thirty-something years. BUT, this year, it’s all up in the air because quite a few of us are following the Keto diet {or are self-proclaimed keto-ish and focusing on low-carb and real foods}, so the recipes will be changing.

There are some basic principles to Keto that we follow :: Low carb {No breads, rice}, high protein {Turkey, chicken, beef, salmon}, high fat {coconut oil, butter, avocado, EVOO}, veggies {Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus}, and fruits {which are not all okay on Keto, but I can’t live without apples, man}.

So, for Thanksgiving, we are going to follow similar rules ::

1) Eat the meat {turkey, ham} and low-carb vegetables

2) No breads {NO rolls, NO dressing}

3) Eat only Keto-friendly desserts

4) Eat real foods that you know what is in it

5) Bacon. Use it. Eat it. Love it. Bacon is life. 

Keto Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes {Sorry Dad!}:: 

Appetizers ::

I am a snacker, so in order to snack on Keto, I have to have snacks that I can eat. In order to do that, I LOVE charcuterie trays :: Pepperoni, salami, cheese {many different kinds}, olives, grapes, and low carb crackers { I love these from Costco}. There are tons of other options to add to your charcuterie tray, but these are the best snacking options. I’m also a prosciutto fan, so these prosciutto-wrapped asparagus are amazing! 

 

 

 

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. thick asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
  2. 1 lb. smoked lean ham or prosciutto
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F/205C.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. (If you have two or more baking sheets, and room in the oven, you can cook all the wrapped asparagus at once.)
  3. Trim the woody ends of asparagus spears, making all pieces the same size.
  4. Roll a piece of ham around each piece of asparagus, securing with a toothpick inserted horizontally so the piece of asparagus will lay flat on the baking sheet.
  5. Lay asparagus on the sprayed baking sheet, staggering the pieces so you’ll be able to turn them.
  6. Roast asparagus for 8-10 minutes on the first side, or until the ham is lightly browned.
  7. Turn asparagus pieces over and roast 5-7 minutes more on the second side, until asparagus is barely tender-crisp and ham is lightly browned on both sides.
  8. Repeat with more asparagus pieces if you’re only using one baking sheet.
  9. Serve hot, with mustard dipping sauce on the side if desired.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/

Main Dishes :: 

Our normal menu includes Alton Brown’s Turkey recipe, a honey-glazed ham {whichever one that goes along with the coupon at the grocery stores}, and some delicious flour-filled brown gravy. For a Keto-Thanksgiving, there is a yummy sugar-less Turkey Recipe, a not-so-sweet {but EASY} ham recipe, and a yummy Keto turkey gravy. 

 

Keto Turkey Recipe
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 14-16lbs (6.57kg) whole turkey thawed (if frozen)
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 1/2 lemon
  4. 5 sticks celery
  5. 4 cloves garlic
  6. 3 tbsp olive oil
  7. 1 tbsp salt
  8. 1 tbsp black pepper
Herb Butter :
  1. 1/2 cup salted butter
  2. 1/4 chopped parsley
  3. 4 cloves garlic
  4. 1 tbsp rosemary
Instructions
  1. For the butter, mince the garlic. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.
  3. Rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat the skin dry and place in a roasting rack inside a large roasting pan.
  4. Chop the onion and celery. Slice the lemon into wedges. Mince the garlic.
  5. Stuff the cavity of the bird with the veggies from step 4.
  6. Loosen the skin of the bird by putting your hands between the skin and the breast meat working your way down the leg. Take some of your butter mixture and rub it thoroughly under the skin over the breast and leg meat. Coat as much as you can. It's easier if the butter is at room temperature.
  7. Pour the olive oil all over the turkey and sprinkle the salt and pepper all over. Tie the legs of the turkey together with kitchen twine or oven proof string. Put a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the breast (if you have one).
  8. Place the turkey breast side up into the oven on the middle rack and bake for 2.5 hours to 3 hours. Halfway through, baste the turkey juice all over the skin. At 2.5 hours, check the thermometer. It should register at 160F/71C. If you don't have a probe thermometer, open the oven and check with a handheld thermometer. If it's not there yet, cook it a bit longer (10-40min).
  9. Once the breast meat registers at 160F/71C, take it out of the oven and cover the dish with aluminum foil for 30 minutes. This will finish cooking it.
  10. After that, you can start carving it
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
Not So Sweet Baked Ham
"Traditionally, ham is rubbed with brown sugar and other sweet ingredients. I like my ham to taste like ham and I like my recipes to be simple. Here's an easy recipe that I'm sure your whole family will enjoy."
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Ham
  2. 3/4 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Arrange ham fat-side up in a large baking dish.
  3. Pour chicken broth over ham.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 90 minutes, basting every 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Discard broth before slicing and serving ham.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
Keto Turkey Gravy
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp Glucomannan Powder
  2. 2 Cups Turkey Broth
  3. 4 oz butter
  4. 2 tbs parsley seasoning
  5. 1 tsp ground rosemary seasoning
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small size frying pan, melt the butter and add two cups of turkey broth.
  2. Add the seasonings to the mixture. I ended up grinding the Rosemary seasoning down to a fine texture. These seasonings mimicked the Keto stuffing and came out amazing in this recipe.
  3. Once it’s warm, add 1/2 teaspoon of Glucomannan Powder to the gravy. Use a whisk to mix it in until it has completely dissolved.
  4. Set the gravy aside for about 5 minutes or so. Once it sits, it will start to thicken. Use the same amount of Glucomannan powder even if you decide to make this recipe and leave out the butter. I’ve tried it both ways and it works both ways. Just remember, a small amount of this powder goes a long way.
Notes
  1. Note: This gravy will jell up in the refrigerator. Once it’s heated up again it will turn to gravy again with no problems.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/

Side Dishes :: 

This is the section my dad and brother have a hard time with. They miss the yummy dressing that my mom makes with her super secret recipe and the cream of whatever’s green bean casserole, buttery mashed potatoes, marshmallow-y sweet potato casserole, handmade mac n cheese, yeasty carb-filled rolls, and all the other things that sound magical awful on a Keto diet. Instead, try a cauliflower stuffing {All you want is the spices anyway! Not the carbs!}, cauliflower mash, bacon wrapped brussel sprouts, and a low-carb green bean recipe. 

Cauliflower Stuffing
Need an easy low carb paleo stuffing for Thanksgiving? Try this cauliflower stuffing recipe! It has all the same flavors, plus it's healthy & delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large head Cauliflower (cut into small florets)
  2. 1 large Onion (sliced)
  3. 1/4 cup Celery (chopped thinly)
  4. 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  5. 1/4 cup Olive oil (can also use butter or ghee)
  6. 1/2 tsp Poultry seasoning
  7. 1/2 tsp Dried thyme
  8. 1/2 tsp Ground sage
  9. 1 tsp Sea salt (or less if your poultry seasoning contains salt)
  10. 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  11. 2 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
  12. 1/4 cup Pecans (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or line with foil and grease well.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the chopped cauliflower, onions, celery, and garlic. Toss with olive oil, poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. (You may need two sheets depending on the size. You want as many of the cauliflower florets and onions in contact with the pan as possible.) Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the onions are soft and cauliflower is starting to brown a little.
  4. Add the fresh parsley and pecans to the pan, and stir everything together. Roast for 10-15 more minutes, until the pecans are lightly toasted, cauliflower is well browned, and onions are starting to caramelize.
Adapted from https://www.isavea2z.com/keto-turkey-gravy-recipe/
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
Low Carb Cauliflower Mash
This Creamy & Buttery Keto Cauliflower Mash recipe is a great substitute for mashed potato, delicious, healthy and very easy to make.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head of Cauliflower, approximately 1.5lb
  2. 3 ounces of Butter
  3. 1 teaspoon of Salt
  4. ½ teaspoon of Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into evenly sized florets.
  3. Gently add the cauliflower to the boiling water and cook for 5-8 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.
  4. Drain the cauliflower really well and return it to the warm pot.
  5. Add the butter, salt and pepper.
  6. Blend the cauliflower with a good stick blender until there are no lumps.
  7. Allow the mash to sit and rest for 3 minutes and then blend a second time. This rest and blend step makes the cauliflower extra smooth and creamy.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
Serves 12
This two-ingredient, bacon-wrapped brussel sprouts recipe is the perfect appetizer for a delicious Thanksgiving feast. They are healthy, easy to make, and oh so tasty!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 strips of bacon
  2. 12 medium/large brussel sprouts
  3. pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Then, prep brussel sprouts by washing and patting dry with a paper towel.
  3. To make bacon wrapped brussel sprouts. Place a brussel sprout at the top of a piece of bacon. Roll up brussel sprout inside of bacon, using the full piece of bacon to wrap, then place on baking sheet. Season with pepper, to taste.
  4. Bake at 375ºF for 30-35 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
  5. To serve, insert a toothpick into each brussel sprout.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/

Dessert :: 

Admittedly, this is where I usually shine. I love baking and there’s not a set menu at our Thanksgiving. I love playing with recipes, but I haven’t had a lot of luck with Keto-friendly desserts. I just can’t get into most alternative sugars. Saying that, these recipes for sugar-free Cranberry Sauce and a low-carb Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake hold up. They are so yummy. Try them to round out your Keto-Friendly Thanksgiving. 

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
Serves 6
Try this easy homemade cranberry sauce with only a few ingredients. It’s a low carb and healthy alternative to storebought sauce.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces whole cranberries fresh or frozen
  2. 1 cup powdered erythritol sweetener
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest (about 1 orange)
Instructions
  1. If using granulated erythritol, blend in a small blender for a few seconds until it reaches a powdered consistency. I use a Nutribullet.
  2. Add erythritol and water to a saucepot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add cranberries to the pot, stirring with the liquid. Bring back to a boil, and reduce to medium heat.
  4. Cook until the cranberries have split open and the sauce reaches your desired consistency, about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add orange zest, stirring well for a minute. Serve immediately while warm.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
Keto-friendly Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 Ounces Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  2. 1 & 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
  3. 1/2 Cup Canned Pure Pumpkin
  4. 3 Eggs Room Temperature
  5. 1 Egg White
  6. 1 Cup Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener
  7. 2 Tablespoons Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
  8. 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  9. 1 Teaspoon Ginger
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Set the 2 bricks of Cream Cheese out on the counter at least 1 hour before you start this recipe so that they can properly soften. Set the eggs out about 30 minutes before you start to let them get closer to room temp.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350*F before you get started, because this is a pretty quick recipe to get in the oven.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine the Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger.
  4. Either crush your Pecan Halves in a Food Processor, or simply use Chopped Pecans.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl add 1 Egg White and then whisk until completely foamy.
  6. Add the Pecans to the Egg White and then mix thoroughly.
  7. Season the Pecan and Egg mixture with 1 Teaspoon of the Pumpkin Spice mix and the 2 Tablespoons of Golden Monkfruit.
  8. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of your 9-inch springform pan and spread around evenly. This will produce a rather thin crust that should be about 1/8″ thick all around. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes in the oven at 350*F and then remove immediately and set on the counter.
  9. In a large bowl, begin to blend the Cream Cheese together with a hand mixer until evenly whipped.
  10. Add in the 1/2 Cup Pumpkin, 3 Large Eggs, 1 Cup Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener, 2 teaspoons of the pumpkin spice mixture. Blend until evenly whipped.
  11. Grease the sides of the Springform Pan before you spoon the cheesecake batter in, and spread as evenly across the pan as you can.
  12. Place the cheesecake into the oven at 350*F on the middle rack and allow to cook for approximately 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it though throughout the cooking process. The batter will be a little runnier at first than a normal cheesecake batter due to the added pumpkin, but it will firm up and stop jiggling.
  13. Remove from the oven when you believe it is done, and set on the counter to cool for about 20 minutes before placing in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours (overnight preferably). Do not plastic wrap or cover the cheesecake with foil before putting in the fridge or else it will retain too much moisture on the top, but also do not add to a fridge that had exposed seafood or onions, as those flavors will seep into the cheesecake and ruin your day. You can wrap the cheesecake finally after it has sat in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, as it has probably let off most of it’s condensation at that point.
Adapted from this site HERE!
Adapted from this site HERE!
Houston Moms Blog https://houston.citymomsblog.com/
We know the holidays are stressful, but the food doesn’t have to be. With these recipes, I am bound and determined to make my dad a Keto believer. What do you think? Do you think he will agree?

Either way, enjoy cooking with your family this year and share some of your recipes with us so that we can try them out! 


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2 Responses to Sorry Dad :: Keto Friendly Thankgiving Recipes

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    Lindsey G. November 19, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    I love this! I have to try your Keto Cauliflower stuffing recipe! This year, I’m excited to make a Keto Chocolate pie for dessert. I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving! I’m making Keto options for Thanksgiving too. Enjoy your day!

    • Jennifer H
      Jennifer H November 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks!! The Cauliflower stuffing smells soooo good!!! Keto Chocolate Pie sounds yumm!!

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