For me, being diabetic means I never get a free-for-all food holiday. Just because it’s soon to be Thanksgiving doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore my dietary restrictions and “blow it” for the day. I might eat more food than I usually do on an ordinary day, but all of it will be low carb/keto, so my blood glucose doesn’t fly out of control. I’ve planned ahead, have gathered the ingredients and already know exactly what will be on my Thanksgiving dinner plate. Below is a list of my favorite holiday recipes I’d like to share with you. This entire meal, including dessert, is only 17.3 total carbs, not subtracting fiber, so net carbs would be even less!! The best part about this menu is that the mashed cauliflower, cranberry sauce, creamy gravy and herb cauliflower stuffing can be made ahead, so there’s less chaos in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day. Now, this is how you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, keto-style!
1. Roasted Turkey (3 oz.) = 0 g carbs, 25 g protein
Note: Use any favorite method of cooking your turkey. The nutritional count provided is for 3 ounces of roasted meat only.
2. Perfect Mashed Cauliflower (1/2 cup) = 1 g carb, 2 g protein. Click here for Recipe: http://diabeticsrejoice.blogspot.com/2016/06/perfect-mashed-mashed-cauliflower.html
3. Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Soufflé (1/2 cup) = 3 g carb, 5 g protein. Click here for Recipe: https://www.atkins.com/recipes/creamy-spinach-and-parmesan-puff/2180
4. Homemade Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce (1/4 cup) = 4 g carb, 0 g protein. Click here for Recipe: https://www.ketoconnect.net/healthy-cranberry-sauce/
5. Low Carb Cauliflower Stuffing (1/2 cup) = 5 g carb, 2 g protein. Click here for Recipe: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a50127/cauliflower-stuffing-recipe/
6. Keto Giblet Gravy (about 3 tablespoons) = 0.3 g carb, 2 g protein. Click here for Recipe: http://cavemanketo.com/keto-giblet-gravy/
Note: In this recipe, I sauté a mixture of vegetables (carrot, onion and celery) until golden in color, add the liquid and simmer until thickened. Then I strain out the vegetables to make a smooth, creamy gravy before adding the cooked giblets.
7. And for dessert: Low Carb Pumpkin Custard baked in a crock pot while the dinner is cooking, topped with whipped cream! (1/2 cup with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream) = 4 g carb, 5 g protein. Click here for Recipe: https://simplysohealthy.com/low-carb-slow-cooker-pumpkin-custard/
Note: I love this slow cooker recipe because it frees up the stove for the turkey and other dishes!
Post by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2018
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