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  • Thanksgiving....what's for dinner?

    This is my first Thanksgiving living Primal.

    I had been thinking I would try to focus more on Primal stuff, but then decided to just go for the normal stuff. Basically it is mostly Primal ok anyway. Veggies, turkey, potatoes, those are all fine. The pies and stuffing isn't, but I don't plan to eat much of it. Just on the day and then back to Primal.

    How do you all go for Thanksgiving???
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  • #2
    I an hosting a second thanksiving at my apartment on the following Saturday. Here are some options I am considering...


    -roasted duck and/ chicken (I don't like turkey and by then everyone is sick of turkey)
    -some sort of rice/ pilaf dish instead of stuffing. (Mushroom & smoked meat in rice sounds kinda good... Must experiment... Maybe Uyghur pilo pilaf for a taste of my hometown)
    -whipped sweet potato with cinnamon, honey, butter, vanilla bean.
    -rosemary roasted potatoes
    -pumpkin flan: egg, pumpkin, coconut milk, maple syrup, gelatin. Topped with whipped coconut cream
    -roasted butternut & carrots.
    -whatever else I come up with. I always invent new stuff.


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    • #3
      I am not changing our Thanksgiving meal either because my daughter loves it -- Chicken cornbread dressing with veggies - probably southern field peas and butterbeans cooked with ham, organic creamed corn. Maybe a pie with a gluten free or no crust - probably pecan. I will probably just have some of the dressing and a slice of pie and call it a "20 day" -- of the 80/20 rule. Unless I am totally misunderstanding the 80/20 thing...? Everything will be as certified organic and non-GMO as possible, with good oils. Will repeat at Christmas but probably won't cook anything traditional for New Year's.
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      • #4
        Since it is usually just the two of us I have made a chicken instead of turkey, cornish hens instead of turkey and just turkey parts instead of turkey. I'm not too creative about the side dishes. I was considering inventing some kind of chestnut stuffing that has no bread in it. I've never had chestnuts before. Just water chestnuts.
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        • #5
          Neither my boyfriend nor I care for turkey. If he doesn't go to his ex-wife's house to visit his kids, we'll probably head down to Chinatown for some dim sum. Or we might bring his kids. I don't think they've ever been. They are part-Asian, living in an area where they rarely see Asian faces. It would be a different experience for them.

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          • #6
            well...I lost my dad last winter, so my family decided that we wanted to do something different for the holidays this year. so we're going away for a few days. here's the thanksgiving plan:

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            • #7
              I'm the main cook for 2-3 dinners this year. I found this list of recipes, and am gonna use the he out of it:
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              • #8
                Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                well...I lost my dad last winter, so my family decided that we wanted to do something different for the holidays this year. so we're going away for a few days. here's the thanksgiving plan:


                We did something similar the year we lost my dad and it was the best thing we could have done. We went to the mountains and spent the long weekend. We ended up cooking but it was a much simpler meal but it was so nice to be with family in a beautiful cabin in the mountains. We are from south Florida so it is a huge change. It was exactly what we needed even though they thought I was crazy when I suggested it. I am sorry for your loss and I hope you have a wonderful adventure.

                We are back to having Thanksgiving at my house and we invite any family we have left and any friends who dont have family in town. We usually end up with somewhere between 12 and 20 people and we have all of the traditional fare. I will usually also pick something different to make like a soup or exotic stuffing (as exotic as stuffing can be). It is probably my favorite holiday because I love to cook and I love to have tons of people in my house eating and laughing.

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                • #9
                  I go to my brother's and will eat whatever they put out. It's one day a year. There will be:
                  Turkey with stuffing
                  cranberries
                  sweet potatoes
                  mash potatoes
                  green beans
                  salad
                  pie, lots of pies

                  I'm making a mince meat pie and my brother wants some more paleo sweet potatoes so I may make some with a molasses horseradish glaze.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by darylb View Post
                    We did something similar the year we lost my dad and it was the best thing we could have done. We went to the mountains and spent the long weekend. We ended up cooking but it was a much simpler meal but it was so nice to be with family in a beautiful cabin in the mountains. We are from south Florida so it is a huge change. It was exactly what we needed even though they thought I was crazy when I suggested it. I am sorry for your loss and I hope you have a wonderful adventure.

                    We are back to having Thanksgiving at my house and we invite any family we have left and any friends who dont have family in town. We usually end up with somewhere between 12 and 20 people and we have all of the traditional fare. I will usually also pick something different to make like a soup or exotic stuffing (as exotic as stuffing can be). It is probably my favorite holiday because I love to cook and I love to have tons of people in my house eating and laughing.
                    thanks for that. I think it will be really helpful to break the old tradition and start something new. it will never be easy for us, but hopefully this will ease the pain a little bit.

                    i'm sure that sooner or later we'll be back to doing the traditional thing and having family and friends, etc. just not for a while

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                    • #11
                      I'm getting a TURKDUCKEN from 4505 Meats in San Francisco. They will make up a paleo / gluten free version for you with no cornbread in the stuffing.

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                      I also like to make:

                      Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Braising Greens
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                      Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing
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                      Holiday Brussels Sprouts
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                      and of course:

                      Everyday Paleo Pumpkin Pie
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                        thanks for that. I think it will be really helpful to break the old tradition and start something new. it will never be easy for us, but hopefully this will ease the pain a little bit.

                        i'm sure that sooner or later we'll be back to doing the traditional thing and having family and friends, etc. just not for a while


                        You may eventually get back to the traditional or you may end up starting something new by travelling for the holiday. We would have probably kept the tradition of travelling but I have an elderly MIL that really doesnt handle the travel so well any more so we stick around here but we invite anyone who will come. You will definitely be in my thoughts this season.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by darylb View Post
                          You may eventually get back to the traditional or you may end up starting something new by travelling for the holiday. We would have probably kept the tradition of travelling but I have an elderly MIL that really doesnt handle the travel so well any more so we stick around here but we invite anyone who will come. You will definitely be in my thoughts this season.
                          only time will tell, I guess. my in-laws are out of state, so we usually split the holidays up or try to get everyone to meet at our place. and my mom is only 62, (dad died at 60) so she is more than willing to travel, etc. it's just so, I don't know...

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                          • #14
                            My in-laws were missionaries in India for 36 years - raising all 4 of their boys there - I'm married to the youngest of the 4. Our family gatherings are always curries and other Indian fare.
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                            • #15
                              We always go to my folk's house across the state. Dinner is usually
                              -roast meat (last 4 years have been pot roast, lamb shank, rib roast, and pork tenderloin)
                              -Southern style spinach
                              -thermonuclear smashed potatoes (skin on and enough garlic to kill what ails you)
                              -homemade mac and cheese (Dad wants to try it with spag squash this year)
                              -rolls I don't touch
                              -cranberry sauce, from scratch
                              -crudite platter (veggies, dip, salsa, chips, cheddar, and summer sausage)
                              -whatever else Dad makes that year
                              -pumpkin pie (I eat the filling), fat and sugar free chocolate pudding pie (I don't touch it), and I make either a primalish caramel apple pie or a primal pumpkinberry cheesecake. I might do a paleo pecan pie this year.
                              -With my family being of Irish/ English/ Germanic/ Nordic (and every other drinking nation on the Continent) heritage, there's plenty of booze to lubricate these offerings.
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