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This year we are hosting most of my siblings for Thanksgiving. Based on past experience, the house will be a cacophony of 9 kids, 1 cat & 3 dogs.

To my dear neighbors, consider this advance warning.

Growing up, Thanksgiving traditions were somewhat optional in my family. We never did the same thing twice, but Thanksgiving was likely to be spent with someone who didn’t have family, or with friends we really cared about and enjoyed.

Now that the Christners have permanently settled in Vermont (dubbed the vacation spot by some family members) we are happy to have a houseful…as well as feed them a GAPS Thanksgiving feast. My siblings are usually game for our eating adventures, which makes it doubly enjoyable. Here is a list of choices I made, including GAPS appetizers, beverages, main dish, stuffing, side dishes, salads, soups, rolls/muffins, sauces/dips, desserts, and even leftovers:

Appetizers

Delicious & Nourishing Liver Pate (Nourishing Gourmet, try with Rosemary Parmesan crackers, below)

Rosemary Parmesan Crackers (All Sorts Of Pretty)

Apricot Zingers (Deliciously Organic)

Bacon Wrapped Apple Slices (WellFed Homestead)

Spiced Candied Walnuts (Against All Grain)

Dried 5 Spice Asian Pears (Against All Grain)

Baked or Fried Beet Chips w/ Cashew Tzatziki Sauce (Urban Poser)

 

Beverages

Real Pumpkin Spice Steamer (Urban Poser, nut, egg, dairy free)

Dairy Free Egg-Nog  (Urban Poser, dairy free)

White Sangria (Deliciously Organic)

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte (Nourishing Gourmet)

 

Main Dish

Slow-Roasted Turkey (Nourished Kitchen, especially good for pastured turkeys)

Persian Spiced Roast Leg of Lamb (The Clothes Make The Girl, for a non-turkey alternative)

Mulled Apple-Braised Pork Shank (The Paleo Mom)

Roast Duck w/ Sour Cherry Sauce (Nourished Kitchen)

 

Stuffing

Grain Free Biscuits & Paleo Stuffing (Deliciously Organic)

Grain Free Thanksgiving Stuffing (Against All Grain)

 

Side Dishes

Mashed Cauliflower “Fauxtatoes” (Honest Body)

Roasted Butternut Squash With Spiced Honey Marshmallows (Urban Poser)

Cider Braised Cabbage & Apples (Nourished Kitchen)

French Green Bean Casserole (Urban Poser)

Roasted Cabbage (Nourished Kitchen)

Delicata Squash with Sage (WellFed Homestead…one of my favorites!! I add minced garlic too)

Creamed Spinach with Coconut Milk and Bacon (WellFed Homestead)

 

Salads

Creamy Cranberry Salad (Nourishing Gourmet, use honey as sweetener)

Broccoli Grape Slaw (Mommypotamus)

Roasted Beet & Walnut Salad With Kombucha Dressing (Nourished Kitchen)

Spinach, Orange and Pomegranate Salad (WellFed Homestead)

 

Soups

Carrot & Leek Soup With Toasted Mustard Seeds (Nourished Kitchen, sub 24 hr. yogurt for milk)

Cream Of Chicken Soup (Honest Body)

Chicken Dumpling Soup (Comfy Belly)

Roasted Garlic Soup (Honest Body)

 

Rolls/Muffins

Grain Free White Dinner Rolls (Deliciously Organic, contains arrowroot, not GAPS)

Pumpkin Muffins (Comfy Belly)

Butter Biscuits (Comfy Belly)

Paleo Pumpkin, Bacon, & Chive Biscuits (Urban Poser)

 

Sauces/Dips

Spiced Cranberry Orange Sauce (Nourishing Gourmet, use honey for sweetener)

Cream Of Mushroom Soup (Against All Grain, for green bean casserole; use homemade light broth)

Walnut Garlic Mayo (Honest Body)

 

Desserts

Gingerbread Chocolate Custard Dessert (Honest Body)

Sweet Marrow Custard With Vanilla (Nourished Kitchen)

Grain Free Pumpkin Pie (Wellness Mama)

Spanish Honey & Almond Candy (Nourished Kitchen)

Gingersnap Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits (Nourishing Gourmet)

Pumpkin Streusel Pie (Unrefined Kitchen)

Pumpkin Pie Mousse Cups (Urban Poser, sub honey for maple syrup)

 

Leftovers

Grain-Free Turkey Noodle Soup (Grassfed Girl)

Taj Mahal Turkey Curry (The Clothes Make The Girl)

Chicken Pot Pie (Comfy Belly)

Leftover Roast Chicken (or Turkey) Soup with Roasted Vegetables (Against All Grain)

Cream Of Chicken Soup (Honest Body, can use turkey instead of chicken)

 

 Your turn…are you hosting, or being hosted? What will you eat, and how will you navigate food differences? Let me know in the comments below!

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