Thanksgiving Round-up

Thanksgiving Roundup 2013_TheHealthyGFLife


I frequently get requests for my holiday recipes, and while just about all of them are in my cookbooks: The Healthy Gluten Free Life, Paleo Indulgences & Make Ahead Paleo, I thought having my go-to recipes all in one place would be handy for my readers. So here you go! 

When it comes to holidays, my family likes good food – and lots of it – but we don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. I mean, family get-togethers are about family, not the stove! But when feeding a crowd, this can be difficult to achieve. No worries! I’m going to give you the secret to an enjoyable Thanksgiving (or any holiday) – the 3 P’s (yep, those p’s that I told you about in Make Ahead Paleo). 


1) Plan – I plan out the menu (or in my family the menu and then we divide the dishes up between my Mom, Sister and me), then I write out my grocery list by section of the grocery store (speeds things up when shopping!).

~Paleo Thanksgiving Menu~

– Turkey (we do basic roasted turkey, Pioneer Woman has a great basic recipe)
2) Purchase – I shop twice: earlier in the month for pantry items or things that can be frozen, then a few days before the holiday for my fresh stuff.
3) PrepareMake anything you can ahead of time! I look at the calendar and write out which recipes can be made, or at least prepped, ahead of time.
1 – 2 Weeks Before:
Make and freeze Butternut Squash Soup
Make and refrigerate dry mix for 5-Spice Pumpkin Rolls (combine dry ingredients in a container) – OR bake and freeze (then just thaw, heat & eat!)
Make and freeze Creamy Beef & Green Bean Casserole
Make and freeze No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts
Make and freeze Pumpkin Pie Bars
 2 Days Before:
Make Spiced Maple Pecans
Make Toasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Make and refrigerate Sausage Veggie Stuffing (see recipe for instructions)
Make and refrigerate Cranberry Sauce
1 Day Before:
Thaw Butternut Squash Soup
Thaw Creamy Beef & Green Bean Casserole
Thaw No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts
Thaw Pumpkin Pie Bars
Mix & bake 5-Spice Dinner Rolls (make honey butter) – OR (thaw pre-frozen rolls)
Day Of:
Make Martinis
Cook turkey
Heat Butternut Squash Soup
Bake Sausage Veggie Stuffing
Bake Creamy Beef & Green Bean Casserole
Heat 5-Spice Dinner Rolls
 4) Enjoy! The big day arrives and because you were so organized, you get to enjoy your family! Or a few extra martinis, if needed. 
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


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