And I used namaste spice cake mix to make pumpkin chocolate chip bread & cookies.
We did pretty well... the worst thing at our feast was.. well, our son's wife made pumpkin rolls (contain wheat), which I had one, and we did get a Trader Joe's pumpkin pie (I whipped grass-fed cream with a bit of honey for the topping).
Everything else was pretty darned Primal. Turkey breast, duck, and ham (all pastured, organic, etc.), primal "stuffing" which was sausage with mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted yams.
I did myself in later with hot cocoa and Kahlua....
My family expects some traditional dishes and I was not going to annoy them over that. They have had increasingly primal dinners over the last few months with no complaints.
The non-primal dishes we had were gravy thickened with flour (but made with full fat turkey stock from a pastured bird), cranberry orange relish containing white sugar (nobody noticed sugar was reduced by 1/3 from last year), bread stuffing (which has always been veggie heavy but this year had sausage, as well, to further reduce the amount of bread) and pumpkin pie containing brown sugar (again, nobody noticed sugar was reduced by 1/3 from last year).
I had very small portions of the non-primal stuff. I am plotting, lol, how to push things a bit more primal next year without "ruining" it for anyone else.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
I went into it with the best of intentions but, yeah, I totally went for the stuffing and the dinner rolls. Had the expected carb crash after I ate, but I don't feel guilty.
*Nit picking... corn is not really gluten free... it has a different kind of gluten than wheat has and is lower in the gluten it contains percentage wise. Some people consider all glutens that are non-wheat "safe" but that is taking a pretty narrow approach to the gluten issue
And most "corn bread muffins" contain wheat flour for rising soooooooooo...
Being I have autoimmune issues I wouldn't eat cornbread... nixtamalized corn maybe, but not a muffin for sure.
I had a lovely 100% gluten free/grain free Turkey-day... salad, green beans, asparagus, turkey, roasted butternut squash... but my pie (pumpkin swirl cheesecake with bourbon-pecan caramel sauce and spiced pecan crust) did contain real, honest to goodness, pure, dried cane juice sugar (sucanat), and some molassas. Tasty!
There were raw veggie and fruit trays out pre-dinner that I snacked from some, I just skipped all the dips.
I also had two small glasses of lovely Prosecco.
Then hot rooibos tea.
There were loads of other things on the table... mashed potatoes w/ gravy (which I made), that sweet potato with marshmallows abomination everyone loves that has more sugar in it than actual potato, stuffing, ham, King's rolls, chips, dips, cookies, chocolates, candies, sodas.
Most people looked like they felt like dying after all the food they ate.
I still felt good.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.