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30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

Lauren November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving can be a hard time for a real food family. We can make it easier with over 30 real food Thanksgiving recipes for your holiday celebration.

By Katie, Contributing Writer

Thanksgiving is all about traditions. There are the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie – I could go but you get the picture. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, thankfulness, and food. Loved ones gathering around the table to enjoy one another’s company is near to my heart.

It is a hard time to be a real foodie. It’s easy to want to just go for it and dig in since it’s one time a year. At the same time, there is something that screams in my body, “This is NOT what food is supposed to be like!”

Have you been there? Rest assured that many of us have. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning how to recreate your family’s tried and true favorites to real food that nourishes the body? There are so many real foodies out there that have paved the way for you! If you don’t want/ don’t have the time to come up with your own recipes this year, we have a collection for you that should help recreate many of your favorites real food style.

Remember though we are all on a real food journey together. We are all at different places. Not all of us host Thanksgiving at our own home, so we might not have control over every dish. I know that not all the food being served at the gathering I am headed for will be up to my standard. What is important for me is the family in friends.

In a picture-perfect world, I would have a 100% nourishing real food meal. But real life is not picture-perfect, and I have decided to be okay with that. Instead, I am making my dishes that I will bring as nourishing as I can. Our real food journies need to be filled with grace. So grace on you and remember to show grace to others.

If you have major food restrictions obviously you need to be careful with the foods you are eating or may need to host and prepare all the dishes yourself. Thankfully the are some recipes just for you in this collection!

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

Turkey

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey with Herbed Butter @ Real Food Whole Health

Amazingly Moist Turkey @ Simply Rebekah

Best Turkey Ever @ Raia’s Recipes

Turkey Brine @ Wellness Mama

salad

Photo Credit: Worth Cooking

Moroccan Carrots @ Whole New Mom

Chessey Green Bean Casserole @ The Humbled Homemaker

The Very Best Cranberry Sauce @ Back to the Book Nutrition

Sweet Potato Casserole @ For the Family and Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes

Wild Rice and Arugula Salad with Carmalized Onion Dressing @ Worth Cooking

French Fried Onions (Grain-free) @ Simple Life Abundant Life

One-Pan Cornbread Stuffing (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) @ Real Food Whole Life

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoe and Cranberries @ Little Bits Of

Crock Pot Stuffing @ Nourishing Simplicity

Savory Fig and Walnut Stuffing @ Nourishing Simplicity

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Creamy Mashed PoatoesGrain Free Kabocha Squash Stuffing @ Real Food Forager

Cultured Cranberry Sauce @ LittleOwlCrunchyMomma

Breads

muffins
Photo Credit: Worth Cooking

Mini Garlic Chive Muffins (GF, DF, EF) @ Worth Cooking

Whole Wheat Hot Rolls (soaked) @ Nourishing Simplicity

Light and Fluffy Einkorn Dinner Rolls @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Desserts

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Photo Credit: Back to the Book Nutrition

Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten Free) @ Whole New Mom

Deep Dish French Apple Pie, drizzled with a rich, salted dark caramel sauce @ Richly Rooted

Creamy Pumpkin Ice Cream with Candied Pecans @ Back to the Book Nutrition

Easy Cranberry Walnut Pie @ Common Sense Homesteading

Fruit Turkey @ A Proverbs 31 Wife

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cottas (DF) @ Worth Cooking

Honey Apple Pie @ Raia’s Recipes

Pumpkin Pie @ Cultured Palate

Pumpkin Fudge @ Coconut Mama

Pumpkin Pie Crumble Bars @ The Humbled Homemaker

Drinks

apple cider

Lacto-fermented Sparkling Apple Cider

Ginger Beer

Russian Tea @ Frugal Granola

Honey Caramel Apple Cider @ Nourishing Joy

What are your favorite nourishing real food Thanksgiving recipes?

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4 Comments

  1. What a great roundup, Kate! Thanks for featuring my Pumpkin Ice Cream! I’m pinning so I can refer back to the others over the next week!

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  2. This is a lovely collection of recipes! Such great ideas for a real food Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing a few of my recipes. Pinned it.

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  3. […] Have you been there? Rest assured that many of us have. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning how to recreate your family’s tried and true favourites to be real food that nourishes the body? There are so many real foodies out there that have paved the way for you! Find links to all the recipes at Modern Alternative Mama! […]

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