Here are 15 easy paleo Thanksgiving sides—including appetizers and dessert—for a stress-free holiday.
My philosophy for Thanksgiving is to keep it simple. Whether I'm hosting, or bringing a dish to pass, I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. The holiday is really all about enjoying great food with family and friends—and still having time to hang out and watch football.
I've cooked Thanksgiving dinner more years than I care to count, and here are my pro tips for getting it all done:
- Plan your menu and shop for all of the shelf stable ingredients at least a week ahead of time.
- Shop for fresh ingredients—herbs, vegetables, fruits—and any last minute items you may have forgotten a few days ahead. I like to do this on Tuesday morning when the grocery store is a little less crowded.
- Make the cranberry sauce and the pies the day before. It really helps to have these out of the way. And it frees up more space on the stove top and in the oven for cooking the rest of the meal. You can also cook the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker to get a head start on the sweet potato casserole.
- Enlist help on the day of—husbands, kids, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends. Everyone gets a small job to do. Whether it's bringing an extra dessert, pouring the drinks, setting the table, or helping you chop vegetables. Many hands make light work—and great holiday memories.
So cook up a few of these easy paleo side dishes to go with your turkey, and enjoy a relaxed Thanksgiving dinner.