An AIP Thanksgiving

Can we make it AIP?
I've been researching & testing a few recipes for weeks now in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Making it through this holiday with the feeling that I have fully enjoyed & participated in one of my favorite times of the year matters alot to me. 
When we lived in West Africa, I planned for Thanksgiving in July.  I'd buy cream of mushroom soup & corn bread mixes in the States on home leave & pack them into my "precious cargo" suitcases to use in November.  All that adaptation practice then has come in handy over & over as I relearn how to eat for autoimmune management.  
My family will be celebrating with my husband's sister & brother-in-law & their family & my parents-in-law.  My father-in-law recently had a quadruple by-pass & his cardiologist put him on the Paleo diet (smart doc), so my mother-in-law & I will be cooking up these adapted Thanksgiving dishes.  We'll be serving it all up along side a traditional Thanksgiving menu for the non-Paleo/AIPaleo among us.  So, here it goes . . . my AIPaleo Thanksgiving menu.  (I am a happy recipe tester, but not much of a recipe creator, so a big thanks to all the wonderful Paleo Pioneers behind these dishes!)
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
-20 button mushrooms
-2 cups crab meat
-3 tbsp chives
-3 cloves garlic
-1/4 tsp. dried oregano
-1/4 tsp. dried thyme
-1/4 tsp. mustard (look for a brand w/ out paprika)

Roast Beef (since there will already be a traditional turkey, we decided to do a roast as the other meat)
-1 4 lb. beef chuck roast
-1/2 tsp. salt
-freshly ground pepper to taste
-2 large onions
-4 cloves garlic
-1 tsp. dried thyme
-3/4 C. strong brewed coffee
-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Recipe (I just omitted the whole gravy part of this recipe.)

Paleo Stuffing
-1 lb. ground pork (plain ground pork, no spices for AIP)
-5 pieces of bacon
-5 stalks celery
-1 yellow sweet potato
-1 yellow onion
-1 container mushrooms
-2 apples
-2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
-1 C. dried cranberries
-1 C. pecans (omit for AIP)
-2 eggs (omit for AIP)
-1/3 C. chicken broth
Recipe (The eggs in this recipe are just a binder, you can skip them.)

Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower
-1 head cauliflower
-1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
-1 tbsp. fresh thyme
-1 Vidalia onion
-2 tbsp. butter
-3 cloves garlic
-1 tsp. black pepper
-1 tsp. salt
Recipe (I have successfully reintroduced small amounts of butter on AIP, but if you aren't there yet consider another oil.)

Paleo Cranberry Sauce
-12 oz. cranberries
-1 C. orange juice
-1/4 C. honey
-1 tsp. fresh ginger
-1/4 C. agave (will substitute w/ stevia to taste)
-1/2 tsp. orange zest
-pinch of cinnamon
Recipe (Too much sweetener of any kind isn't recommended, but agave is not one of the best choices if sweetener is needed.  Substitute a bit of stevia to taste.)
Garlic Green Beans
-24 oz. frozen French green beans
-3 cloves garlic
-2 tbsp. olive oil
Recipe:  (Simply bring your beans to a quick boil, drain & mix minced garlic & olive oil into them.  The smell is delicious.)

Cinammon & Coconut Oil Roasted Butternut Squash
-1 butternut squash
-2 tbsp. coconut oil
-3-4 tsp. cinnamon
Recipe:  (Peel & dice the butternut squash, stir the coconut oil into it & sprinkle w/ cinnamon.  Roast on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 45 mins.)

Lemony Roasted Brussels Sprouts
-1 lb. Brussels sprouts
-3 cloves garlic
-1 tsp. lemon zest
-3 tbsp. lemon juice
-3 tbsp. olive oil
-salt & pepper to taste
Recipe:  (Cut sprouts in half, mince garlic, mix all ingredients together.  Roast on cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 15 mins.)Dessert:
Coconut Pumpkin Pie Mousse

-1 14 oz. can pumpkin puree
-1/3 C. coconut milk (full fat)
-2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
-1 tsp. liquid stevia
-1/4 C. coconut oil
Recipe (This recipe is divine with a little soy/dairy-free chocolate, but eat the chocolate VERY sparingly if you follow AIP.)

Mexican Chocolate Macaroons
-2 C. unsweetened fine-shredded coconut (Let’s Do Organic is a good brand)
-1/4 C. cocoa
-1 tbsp. cinnamon
-Pinch of chili pepper (omit for AIP)
-Pinch of salt
-1/3 C. coconut oil
-1/4 C. honey
-1 tbsp. vanilla extract
-2 tbsp. coconut milk (full fat)
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  If any readers try one of these recipes, let me know what you thought of it & watch for my post later this week on what I am thankful for . . . it might surprise you.

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  1. I really appreciate this list! Everything on here looks good to me and easy to accomplish. I plan on making a side of green beans, cranberry sauce, and the macaroons this week. This will be my first AIP thanksgiving and I'm looking forward to flavors I love. Now if I can figure out a good AIP sweet potato casserole option!


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