My Semi-Paleo Thanksgiving with Recommended Recipes!

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Thanksgiving is the one time per year I get to make food for my whole family!  Before I started doing this about 5 years ago, we usually did the popular Asian thing of eating Hot Pot for Thanksgiving.  However, my family already eats hot pot a lot, so I guess one year I just started making Thanksgiving my day to cook!

(Looking for Thanksgiving Recipes?… there’s a whole new round up I made this year! Check it out here: 50+ Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes.)


This year, I did something a bit different.  I read somewhere that you can actually brine your turkey while thawing!  Which means you can brine for longer.  Oh, btw, if you haven’t tried brining your turkey yet, GET ON IT.  Brining your turkey makes the turkey juicier and more flavorful!
So this year, I tried out Paleo Spirit’s Turkey Brine with a some modifications – I used sea salt, star anise, bay leaves, Herbes de Provence, rosemary, orange peels, fresh orange juice, honey, and garlic, but skipped the juniper berries.  Also, since I was brining while it thawed, I brined 48 hours with only 1 cup of sea salt instead of 2 (so it won’t be too salty).
Here’s making of the brine – it smelled AMAZING:

Best Turkey Brine Ever

So on Thanksgiving day, which was 2 days later of brining and defrosting, we got the turkey all clean and buttered up and ready to go for the oven.

Buttering up that turkey

Out of the oven, finally – it was beautiful:

Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever!

Okay, it might not have been the most beautiful… But it was definitely the tastiest Turkey I’ve ever made.  I highly recommend Paleo Spirits Holiday Turkey Brine!!

Bacon Wrapped Zucchini

This was SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! All we did was slice up some zucchinis and wrapped some bacon around them and put it in the oven until the bacon looked done.  It was no joke, ridiculously delicious.  Check out the ridiculously easy recipe here.

Making Bacon Wrapped Zucchini

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Got this recipe off of Paleo Diet Lifestyle along with some tweaks because some of the dinner guests didn’t  like thyme and what not.  So all I used was just mushrooms, some mayo, salt/pepper, garlic and a can of crab.  Easy and yummy = my favorite kinds of recipe!

Crab Stuffed Mushroom

Semi-Paleo Pumpkin Pie

For the pie filling, I only used a the pumpkin puree, grated ginger, eggs, honey, and coconut milk.  Came out a bit too sweet for my taste, but other than that, it was very yummy!  And it was so easy!

About to bake:

Making of Paleo Pumpkin Pie


Paleo Pumpkin Pie!

Other Yummy Food From Thanksgiving

Honey Glazed Ham
Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Looking for more? Here’s the ULTIMATE delish Paleo Thanksgiving recipes here!


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    1. Thanks for the reblog! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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