As we approach Thanksgiving, I'm met with so much to reflect on and be grateful for. Thanksgiving marks one year of my health coaching practice. However you interact with my practice, whether you're a private 1x1 client, participated in a group program, joined free challenges, or simply enjoy these newsletters to your inbox, I'm deeply thankful that you are committed to your health through food and lifestyle. It's powerful to think there are so many of you out there.
Our Approach to Hosting Thanksgiving
This year, my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time! We’ve been in our new home for a little over a month and I’m so excited that we have a home to host our guests!
With all the planning that goes into a Thanksgiving meal, I have a new gratitude for my own family for feeding our big group every year. I’ve included traditional family recipes that we can’t live without alongside delicious dishes that take a healthy (but tasty!) twist.
Whether you’re hosting, going to a Friendsgiving potluck, or want to make one of these recipes after the holiday, I hope you’ll enjoy our full menu, links their recipes and a grocery list to help you shop!
Our Full Thanksgiving Menu
Lunch: Tuscan White Bean soup from Mad Mama Gourmet. I met Amy at a Farmer’s Market and instantly loved her whole food soups. She has dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options. I bought four frozen soups to use throughout the holiday season for those moments where we are feeling lazy and don’t want to cook!
Dinner: Mellow Mushroom pizza. Yes, health coaches eat pizza! This Atlanta favorite will be delivered to our house Wednesday so we can eat dinner while we use the kitchen to pre-prep some of our Thanksgiving meal.
Thursday / Thanksgiving
Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. We learned about Callie’s in Charleston where their company began. While I wouldn’t consider these healthy by any means, they’re downright delicious and a great way to start a Southern-style holiday. Plus, another item I don’t have to cook!
Appetizers - Make all of these ahead of time so there’s no extra cooking needed on Thanksgiving. By offering lots of fruits, veggies and variety, guests can snack and pick throughout the day as needed.
Autumn Glow Salad, MAKE AHEAD.
Coconut Carrot Ginger soup from Mad Mama Gourmet.
Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread (Family Recipe).
Meat, Fruit and Cheese Plate.
Thanksgiving Meal - Again, I focused on vegetables wherever possible so that half of everyone’s plate could be veggies. However, you can’t skip bread or stuffing. At least, not in our home. :)
Mom’s Stuffing (Family Recipe).
Gluten-Free and Regular Yeast Rolls, with Grass-Fed Butter
Green Bean Casserole (GF, DF, Whole 30) from Kelley and Cricket
Farm-raised turkey from local Atlanta farm, White Oak Pastures
Dad’s Turnips (Family Recipe)
Cranberry Sauces: Both jellied and fresh, whole berry from Paleo Running Mama
Crispy Brussels with Sriracha Aioli from Minimalist Baker
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp (GF, DF) from Root and Revel
2 Pumpkin Pies
Peach Pie, kindly gifted to us from our friends at The Peggy Pfohl Team
Grandma’s M&M cookies (Family Recipe)
Turkey, Brie, Cranberry Sandwiches. We’ll use leftovers and melt the brie onto bread.
Dinner: We’ll be at the botanical gardens to see the holiday lights, so I’m sure we’ll eat out and probably have something light and green after all our Thanksgiving leftovers!
My Thanksgiving Grocery List
Perishable: Purchase by November 19th
1 head cauliflower
2 sweet potatoes
Garlic, 6 cloves
Meat, cheese, brie, grapes, apples and veggies for appetizer plate
1 lb. Brussels sprouts
3 cups whole cranberries
Avocado Mayo from Primal Kitchen
Grass-fed butter (2 sticks) or ghee
Brie for sandwiches
Gluten Free rolls
Non-Perishables: Ordered before November 11th
Callie’s Biscuits! Order for pick-up.
Extra virgin, first-pressed/cold-pressed olive oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic coconut palm sugar
2 cups walnuts
Gluten free oats
Coffee, because this family practically runs on it
There you go! What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? What are you grateful for? Share with me below!!