As Thanksgiving approaches, you’re probably already thinking about what to serve for dinner. Maybe you’re not hosting, but you’ve been asked to contribute a dish. Good food is a huge part of celebrating the holidays for me, but I also know that I feel so much better when I avoid certain foods. So this year I’m trying to find a balance of traditional and Whole30 holiday recipes for the holidays.
There are so many delicious Whole30 recipes to choose from. If you’re not familiar with the Whole30, you can read more about my experience here and here. Keep in mind that many of these recipes also fit Paleo guidelines, either as is or with some minor substitutions.
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We typically skip lunch and eat an earlier dinner on major holidays. A delicious and filling breakfast is essential to hold us off until appetizers are ready. I assure you this breakfast casserole is super yummy! Do some of the prep the night before to save time in the morning.
Sweet Potato Hash
It’s always good to have something to nibble on while dinner is cooking, especially if you have guests. Here are some tasty snack options on the healthier side.
Baked Zucchini Cups
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Healthy Carrot Fries with Curry Dipping Sauce
Rosemary & Garlic Roast Beef (Substitute ghee for butter to stick to Whole30 rules.)
I love holiday side dishes almost more than the main event sometimes. Potatoes are my jam, you guys, but often it’s the carb-heavy sides that get the attention this time of year. I want to be sure to have some tasty vegetable options as well.
Crispy Roasted Broccoli
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts (If you’re doing the W30, be sure to use sugar-free bacon.)
Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots & Almonds
If you’re following a strict Whole30, you already know the bad news. Whole30-friendly desserts do not conform to the spirit of the program. Eating pie is eating pie, even if it’s made using substitutions that technically adhere to Whole30 rules. If you’re going to stay compliant over a major holiday, first of all, I’m super impressed. That takes some serious discipline and dedication. If you don’t want to feel left out during dessert, try some fresh fruit with a dollop of coconut cream.
If you’re more about eating the Whole30 way in general and not sticking to the program 100%, here are a few Paleo dessert options.
You can also find all these Whole30 holiday recipes on my Thanksgiving Recipe board here!