Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Thanksgiving Table


I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner and have done so for many years. I've hosted for 3 people and for 30 people and for everything in between. I've done all the cooking and shared the load. I've hosted at my place or someone else's. I've done full traditional southern, gluten free, paleo & AIP. And once, I made a Thanksgiving dinner for 1, complete with all the sides. There's just something about planning a menu and setting the perfect table and spending time with friends and family over a comfort food feast. I mean that's really what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

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I know that for many people, Thanksgiving is a high stress time and you feel like you're going to miss out on all of the fun, so I thought I'd share my plan for this year. I plan on having 10 people for a sit down dinner and this is the menu I'm planning. My parents will be in town, so the plan is my parents and a handful of friends for a mostly paleo/ aip Thanksgiving dinner. I may have some rolls for the bread eaters and I told my roommate she could make a normal pie if she wanted to.

Turkey 
- If you've never cooked a Turkey, this post will give you all the info you need. (use coconut oil instead of the recommended butter)
- I like to cut slits in the breast of the turkey and place small pieces of garlic in the meat, rub coconut oil under the skin and on top of the skin, season with salt, garlic powder & sage and baste a couple of times while roasting.
- If you're only cooking for a few people, I highly recommend this crockpot turkey breast recipe. I've done this several times and it is perfect.



Side Dishes
  1. Memommie's Onion Casserole
  2. the 'cornbread dressing' recipe from "Aip Holiday: They Won't Know It's Paleo
  3. Garlic Cilantro Mash
  4. Cranberry Sauce 
  5. Asparagus sauted with bacon & garlic
  6. Baby spinach salad with a Maple Cider Vinaigrette 
Drinks
  1. Spiced Apple Cider
  2. Cranberry Mocktail - cranberry juice & sparkling water
Desserts
  1. Maple Pumpkin Panna Cotta
  2. Pumpkin Mousse

If you're still overwhelmed with the thought of Thanksgiving, may I recommend the new "Aip Holiday: They Won't Know it's Paleo" ebook from Bre'anna of "He Won't Know it's Paleo." Click here for a full review of the book. Or, get your hands on the brand new "Aip & Paleo Holiday Sweet Treats" cookbook that's full of delicious holiday goodies.


Table Decorating Ideas & More
  1. Cinnamon Stick Candles
  2. Craft Paper Napkin Rings
  3. Turkey Napkin Fold
  4. Edible Centerpieces (not all AIP, but cute fruit options)
  5. Handprint Turkey Tablecloth (for the kiddos)
  6. Thanksgiving Printables
  7. Thanksgiving Trivia
  8. Printable Games & Activities - including thanksgiving themed bingo & 'would you rather'