Paleo-Vegan Thanksgiving, take 2

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that we like to host holiday meals. Not only is it easier to not have to lug the kids around town on a holiday, but it ensures we can eat the food! Only complication is, and you already know this if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, my brother is a vegan. Don’t worry, I won the war and my ex-vegetarian mother is now primal ♥

Out of respect for him and because we want to treat him the same way we appreciate being treated, we attempt to make as many dishes as we can be vegan. Since we’re dairy-free, that’s not really an issue – it’s the strict use of coconut oil and lack of eggs that ends up being our challenge. Although we’re now used to being egg-free with me eating on the autoimmune paleo protocol, taking away Matt’s lard provoked an early 21st century pop culture reference, “What am I supposed to do without my lard?!”

Never fear, Pinterest is here!

I’ve been stockpiling recipes on our Holiday Menu board and finally have our menu figured out!


Main Course

  • Bacon Wrapped Turkey, ala The Bacon Chicken – since my mom’s got a bacon obsession right now (I told you, we flipped her to the Primal side!)
  • Balanced Bites Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs – I’ve heard great things about this Practical Paleo recipe and haven’t made it yet, seems a befitting time!
  • Balanced Bites Simple Cranberry Sauce – also from Practical Paleo, a must have. Vegan
  • Primal Palate Garlic and Herb Cauliflower Pureewe have our own method for cauliflower puree in ELaD, but love Bill & Hayley’s herb mix for this elegant meal. Vegan with coconut oil
  • The First Mess Sweet Potato Biscuits – an adaptation from Roost, looks great as one of those rare vegan paleo baked goods! Vegan
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts (our recipe is in Eat Like a Dinosaur) Vegan with coconut oil
  • A Green Salad (brought by my wonderful mother-in-law) Vegan
  • A Tofurkey (brought by my mother) I can’t think of a less-Paleo and more processed food. But, tradition in my family is that each attendee gets to request one dish and this was his. I’ve been assured it will be contained in a food dish that’s not ours and subsequently happily eaten (after all, he can’t eat our bacon covered bird) and taken home by the Vegan


All photos are from the recipe authors, so click photos to be taken to their sites for the recipe!

Sadly, two of the uncles have moved to California so it’s a smaller feast than we’re used to. But we’re thankful to have those who can join us do so, and are looking forward to this yummy feast! If you want more ideas, check out our Thanksgiving Menu and Recap post from last year!

And last but not least, for those turkey leftovers, we highly suggest you make our Turkey Thai Basil for lunch the next day.

For the inevitable questions, you probably notice this meal is not autoimmune-friendly. That’s because it’s one meal, and doing paleo & vegan is hard enough without AIPaleo thrown in. I could avoid a few things and still eat AIPaleo if I wanted to. But, nuts bother me less than egg whites, so I made the painful choice to not serve Bill’s Chiffon Pumpkin Pie (one of my all time favorite recipes) so that I could limit my exposure to non-AIPaleo-friendly foods. I hope you figure out how to make the holiday work for you, too!

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  • PrimalPoise

    I wish I was related to you. This is the best menu I have seen, ever. Especially that bacon-wrapped turkey. Being the only paleo-eating person in my family, I just have to eat the turkey provided by my aunt, and bring a few paleo sides of my own.

  • You should just move to California with the uncles. We’re pretty awesome out here. 🙂

  • Meredith

    Wonderful! My brother is vegan too (I’m sure it’s making my mom’s head explode about how she ended up with such “children” 😉 ) This will keep the peace in my Thankful home too. Have a wonderful holiday.

  • Looks delicious! Especially the desserts!!

  • You will LOVE the cheesecake from Roost, it is divine! Now, off to explore some of those other recipes.
    My husband and I are paleo, there are 3 vegans and the rest of the family are, sadly, SAD. It does make things challenging, doesn’t it?

  • Yummy! Thanks for the link to my pecan-pie bars. I hope you have a fabulous paleo Thanksgiving!

  • Man, that bacon wrapped turkey looks AMAZING. I might have to do that with a chicken before hand as my SIL is hosting this year.

  • The Thanksgiving meatballs are amazing as is the cranberry sauce.

  • librarianeats

    Your commitment is inspiring.The stuffing balls look fantastic!

  • This is SUCH a good resource. My parents are vegan, I’m mostly paleo, and my boyfriend wants something that looks as close to a “normal” thanksgiving as possible.

    Thanks for the post – I may have to link back!