As you all know, Thanksgiving is almost here. This is my first strict AIP Thanksgiving! Last year was my first paleo Thanksgiving. Because I was hosting it at my house last year, I created the recipe for my Sweet Potato Pecan Crisp. It’s the same recipe I contributed to Paleo Magazine Readers’ Favorites Holiday Recipes. But, this year I’m following the AIP. So, rather than do without my favorite holiday dish, I created my AIP Paleo Sweet Potato Coconut Crisp recipe. And, if I may say so myself, I think it’s even tastier!
This year, I’m going to my in-laws’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. Rather than risk scary ingredients and cross contamination, I simply bring my own food, already plated, with silverware. My extended family simply doesn’t understand the measures that need to be taken. There is gluten and allergens everywhere! Earlier this year, while attending yet another family holiday there, someone flung a piece of pie crust at my plate, accidentally. When I snapped at the person to be more careful when serving others, I was looked at like I was the jerk. To that I say, ” How about you keep your freakin’ gluten and crap laden pie out of my healthy AIP paleo food!”. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to spend my holidays in agony.
Anyhoo, the foods on my AIP paleo Thanksgiving menu this year are Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey with gravy , AIP Paleo Sweet Potato Coconut Crisp, Veggie Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts with Lamb Bacon, Fennel Pomegranate Salad, and Grazed and Enthused’s AIP Jellied Cranberry Sauce and Avocado Carob Fudge Bars. You can find those two recipes here.
So, what are y’all doing for Thanksgiving? Are you staying AIP? Paleo? Gluten free? Don’t forget, if you need help with recipes, you can download this totally free ebook. And, some of my favorite holiday recipes are Cajun Dirty Rice, Cranberry-Applesauce, Shrimp and Okra Gumbo, Rosemary Wild Mushrooms, and Shrimp Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms.
I wish you all success for whatever you’ve chosen to follow over the holidays. These can be very difficult times for many of us. I urge you to think of your health and happiness. Hopefully, you have supportive and respectful people around you. But, if you don’t, please don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself, no matter who looks at you like you’re the jerk. You’re not the jerk, they are! How rude of you to be concerned about your health! (Serious sarcasm here) If this is what you’re facing, you have my sympathy. There are certain people you’re never going to make understand; so, just do what I do, and roll your eyes, or flip them off under the table, or whatever it is that makes you feel better (within the confines of the law).
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!