This Week I Tried…(Thanksgiving Special) Week of November 27th

This past week of food was a fun one because it was…Thanksgiving!  Some of my creations were awesome and others were just so-so but I successfully had a Paleo Thanksgiving. Eric and I hosted his parents and they’ve all been wonderful and were totally open to trying a modified holiday dinner.  I tried to get all of the appropriate reintroductions in before the holiday to make sure I could have everything I absolutely wanted at the feast.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with loved ones even if I was so far away from my family back in Indiana (shout out to Missouri & Orange County).  Check out what we had!

PALEO STUFFING

Cost: $30

Rating (1-10): 2

Review: I tried my best to modify my mom’s stuffing recipe with paleo bread, but some things are not meant to be.  Stuffing is one of those things that need the real thing in order to taste authentic.  It wasn’t terrible, but if you want that REAL stuffing taste, you won’t find it here. The bread recipe on it’s own was not bad at all, check it out here!

PALEO GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, recipe here!

Cost: $20

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: By design there is not an AIP version of green bean casserole (green beans are a no-no), but there is a paleo version and it was fantastic!  I am shocked at how close to the real thing this was without any cream, butter, or fried onions!  The onions were caramelized and the sauce came from parsnips and nutritional yeast!  I highly recommend this for any paleo go-ers who miss green bean casserole.

SWEET POTATO MASH, recipe here!

Cost: $4

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: While no substitute for regular mashed potatoes this dish was really good and a nice sweet side to the meal!

PALEO DINNER ROLLS, recipe here!

Cost: $5 – $25 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: These were delicious and a solid choice if you go the paleo route, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but eggs make the world of difference in baking.  If you can successfully reintroduce them it’s a life saver.  They would be best with a jam or jelly, I made an awesome AIP fig jam awhile back that would be awesome with these.  They’re a bit bland/dry with just ghee butter.

PUMPKIN PIE COOKIES, recipe here!

Cost: $20 – $35 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I liked these, but they weren’t my favorite AIP/Paleo cookies, plus organic almond butter is SO expensive.  I wouldn’t recommend baking these a lot, it could get very pricey, you basically use a whole jar of the almond butter.  That said they were yummy and everyone seemed to enjoy them, for special occasions only!

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, recipe here!

Yes, I forgot to take my own picture before we started eating!  I was too excited!

Cost: $18 – $25 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: This little dessert was SO good, I love chocolate mousse so much and it was nice to have a treat that brought me back to the “old days” for a moment.  I highly recommend them but I would advise you to pay attention the kind of chocolate you are buying.

Honorable mention goes out to my guy Eric for purchasing an amazing turkey from Bludso’s (pic below), so good!  He knew how much I was going to be cooking so it made it much easier to get everything ready (thanks ;). Also, a big thanks to Trish and Alan for the wonderful apps and awesome gifts they brought us, they will be put to good use. <3

Next up is Christmas, should be interesting back in the homeland, until next time!

 

XOXO,

Mack

 

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