Can I just say a few words about Thanksgiving? For starters, it’s my absolute favorite holiday, and rivals as my favorite day of the year.
There are no presents, no fits over if your bf/gf/whatever got the “right” gift, just pure happiness. I love it. Which made it even harder this year not going home for Thanksgiving. Matt and I opted to stay in San Diego which I was super bummed about, but again, it was Thanksgiving and I am grateful for so many things in life!
This year we did a little double duty for Thanksgiving. We spent the first part of the day and evening with our amazing friend’s Eric & Liz. Can I just brag for a second about my girlfriend Liz, I mean how cute is that Thanksgiving table and all the decorations? She’s amazing!
Since Liz is now going gluten-free and dairy-free because of allergic reactions her little bundle of joy Emma is having from breastfeeding, we decided to cook an entirely gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free Thanksgiving meal.
Now you may be thing WTF did we eat??
We ate everything you normally would at Thanksgiving, just with some fantastic modifications!
Turkey – Swapped processed basting and seasoning packets for fresh, organic herbs
Mashed Potatoes – Instead of butter and cream we used coconut milk creamer and coconut oil
Gravy- Rather than white flower we used almond flour, bone broth instead of stock, and coconut cream instead of regular cream
Strawberry Dessert with Graham Cracker Crust – Used coconut whip cream instead of regular, and Annie’s Bunny Gluten-Free Grahams rather than regular graham crackers
In addition we also had maple and bacon glazed green beans, maple balsamic brussel sprouts, and a cranberry butternut squash lentil salad.
HOLY GOODNESS!!! It was the BOMB.COM
This was the first Thanksgiving where I felt full, but not food coma status. I still had energy and felt amazing. After a wonderful dinner and afternoon with Eric, Liz, and their daughters we took off for our other friends, Allie & Curt’s house to watch the Steelers game and kick back with a little wine. We spent the rest of the evening laughing, enjoying each others company, and playing with their kids! Everything Thanksgiving should be about.
Do you guys have any healthy recipes to add for Christmas or Thanksgiving next year? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below 🙂
xx Kayleigh Christina