Hi everyone and welcome back to our keto Thanksgiving blog post! Being a Canadian, I got to enjoy Thanksgiving this weekend that passed and let me tell you that 3 days of turkey, not including leftovers, left me more stuffed than the turkey. I did keep my Thanksgiving keto though! For those of you who get holiday anxiety due to keto eating, fear not! We have the perfect guide for those both hosting and dining during your Thanksgiving celebrations so read on.
The best advice I can give for hosting Thanksgiving is to keep it simple. How simple you say? Well what staples do you tend to have at your Thanksgiving celebrations? When I think Thanksgiving, I think of these specific foods: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, biscuits, mixed vegetables and green beans. Now most of these can easily be swapped or are keto friendly enough on their own to be kept! To substitute for those mashed potatoes, I created my own mashed cauliflower that mixed cream cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon and cheddar cheese together to be baked into my oven. They were absolutely fantastic and I didn’t even miss my potatoes. For the pumpkin pie, I made keto friendly pumpkin muffins swapping typical pumpkin pie ingredients for keto friendly ones including coconut flour, erythritol and coconut milk. Also, for those who love their whipped cream on their pumpkin pie you can easily make your own using Swerve’s confectioner’s sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla for that classic whip taste.
In terms of meats, be aware of any glazes already prepared when purchasing ham or turkey from your local butcher or grocery store. Most hams are cured for this time of year and will require a keen eye to ensure that they are keto friendly/unglazed. You can make your own keto friendly ham glaze using a simple mix of sugar free maple syrup and a Dijon mustard or stick to basic spices such as rosemary to add a kick of flavour
to your ham. In terms of biscuits, I made mine using Bake in a Minute’s bread mix; they made the perfect biscuits to have with some butter and for those who like sweet bread, they have that light sweetness to them that matches the rest of the meal. Lastly there are two ways that you can go about creating a stuffing dish; you can create your own bread mix for it or you can make a sausage and herb stuffing to sub for bread. That Bake in a Minute bread I told you about earlier? It works as a great bread substitute for stuffing or you can make any other 90 second bread recipe to swap for typical non keto breads. For me, I tend to go on the non-traditional stuffing wagon using pork sausage meat, onions, eggs, salt, garlic, parsley and celery. This helps add in that additional fat that we are not getting in that turkey if your fats are quite low for the meal. Pair all these things with mixed vegetables and you have a Thanksgiving feast fit for royalty. For my keto Thanksgiving recipes, go to the bottom of the post below! I adapted the stuffing from my grandmother’s (RIP) stuffing recipe that she made for every family get together and I’m sure you’ll love it.
Visiting at Thanksgiving
When you are attending a meal at anyone’s home, controlling what goes on your plate can be a challenge, especially if it’s a big feast day like Thanksgiving. You can be tempted by old favourites such as apple pie, starchy mashed potatoes and bread filled stuffing. Not this year! When eating our Thanksgiving meals, just as hosting, I will say keep it simple and ask questions! It’s okay to ask your host if their ham has glaze or if you can bring a small dessert/dish for everyone (looks like a kind gesture too). Stick to basics such as turkey, mixed vegetables and unglazed ham. If you choose to bring a dish or two to help your host, pick dishes that you know you love at Thanksgiving. If you know there isn’t going to be a keto friendly pumpkin pie or stuffing, bring those with you. Also, while it may be difficult, ask your host if they’d be able to make adjustments for you! Make sure they’re simple adjustments such as not glazing the ham or having items on the side. Most hosts will help in your journey if you just ask. Having done this for many family or friend occasions, people are generally accommodating. The rest is up to you to keep your will power or eat more of the items you can have! It’s all up to you to adhere to your keto requirements and it feels amazing to know you were up to the challenge. 😉 Think of it as a non scale victory!
Thanksgiving Recipes 101
Mrs.B’s Stuffing Recipe Remix
6 lbs. of raw sausage meat
2 cups of chopped onion
Salt, garlic and parsley to taste
6 cups of chopped low carb bread of choice (can use 90 second bread but the bread is not required overall if you’d like to skip it)
In a large pan, saute sausage meat and onions together until lightly browned. Once sausage meat and onions have cooled, add in the eggs and seasonings, mixing thoroughly. Last, add in your keto friendly bread substitute of choice or you can skip the bread altogether. Once all the ingredients are combined, add stuffing to a casserole dish coated in butter (to prevent sticking) and cover with tin foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes. Remove foil and cook uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. Eat up!
*Disclaimer: Please pay attention to portion sizing while eating the stuffing. Due to the onions, there are still substantial amounts of carbohydrates in this recipe that may increase even more depending on your sausage meat of choice. If you split this recipe among 8 people, it should equal approximately 5 net carbs or less per serving depending on your low carb bread of choice. While still significantly better than traditional stuffing, it is something to keep in mind!
Charlene’s Cauliflower Mash
1 large cauliflower cut into florets
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
Butter as desired
Precooked bacon as desired
Chives as desired
Steam cauliflower florets. Add cauliflower florets, cream, cream cheese and sour cream to your food processor or blender. Lightly pulse all the ingredients together. Depending on your consistency tastes, pulse more or less for your mash. I like it with some thicker pieces in my mash rather than all the way through – if you like it creamier rather than thicker, I would suggest blending thoroughly. Once completed, place cauliflower mixture into a greased casserole dish of choice. Add cooked bacon, chives or cheddar to the top of your cauliflower mash. Cover with foil and place in your oven for 350 for 30 minutes. Once completed, remove foil and broil for another 5-10 minutes depending on your oven. This will help crisp up that top layer of cheddar and bacon. Remove from oven and serve to your guests.
For our pumpkin pie muffins, please stay tuned to our webpage for our pumpkin muffin recipe video which shall be out soon! Till next time keep calm and keto on!