Although planning your Holiday feast can be a daunting task, I’m here to try and make things a little bit easier this year. Maybe you’re traditional and never waver from turkey, or maybe you’re not and you like to mix things up a bit with some unconventional dishes. Either way, this mix-and-match menu will let you easily customize your menu while keeping grains, dairy, and allergens off the table.
Main Courses for the Holidays
Don’t restrict yourself to tradition, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Pick one of these recipes below as the centerpiece for your feast this year.
Do you want to know the secret to a perfectly flavorful and moist turkey? Brine. It takes a little extra time but it makes all the difference. If you haven’t done it before, do it know. You won’t regret it.
Maybe turkey isn’t your thing and you want to turn things up a notch. This perfect prime rib au jus is exactly what you need for the best Holiday meal you’ve ever had. It even takes less time than a turkey.
Mix things up this year by making the “other white meat”. This Maple Sage Glazed Pork Loin is a regular all year long with us, but is also the perfect dish for a Holiday meal. Plus it cooks in no time at all.
Holiday Meal Side Dishes
Pick as many sides as you want, because it’s really hard to narrow it down to just 3 or 4, and side dishes are what really make or break the meal.
These Yorkshire Puddings are best with the Prime Rib, but really are the perfect compliment to any main dish. Perfect for soaking up all that gravy.
Set side your preconceived ideas on Brussels sprouts. These Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts will have everyone going for seconds.
It doesn’t get any easier than throwing these Bacon Roasted Green Beans in the oven for 20 minutes. A quick and delicious side.
Slow-cook your sweet potatoes in advance. Then let everyone top them with whatever they want. That’s one less dish to prepare.
Sweet Potato Casserole is a staple of the Holiday Feast table. This one is a little more dessert than side but you won’t here anyone complaining.
This real-food version of Cranberry Relish is lacking in fake cranberry “flavor” and is loaded with real cranberries and fruit.
Green Bean Casserole and Stuffing all combined into one easy dish. The not-so-secret ingredient (artichokes) is what ties it all together.
Being a southern girl, cornbread was always a Holiday (and more particularly, Thanksgiving) favorite. Now you can still eat it, minus the grains. We love to eat ours covered in ghee.
Desserts & Beverages
Let’s face it, this is really why you put up with family during the Holidays. It’s all about the desserts and treats. Pick one or pick them all to round up your feast.
Pecan Pie is one of 2 staples in our house during any big holiday meal, and this paleo version has added chocolate chips to make it even better.
Why make 1 pumpkin pie when you can make 24? Well, Mini Pumpkin Pies, that is. Top each one with a dollop of coconut cream.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a Lattice-Top Apple Pie and this one is grain- and dairy-free. Perfect for everyone.
If a structure pie isn’t your thing, this Rustic Pear Galette is exactly what you need. Use apples instead of pears if you prefer.
What’s the holiday season without a jug of Eggnog in the fridge? This dairy-free version is easy on the stomach and the taste buds.
Homemade cranberry juice combined with sparkling cider and lime juice combine to make the perfect Cranberry Lime Spritzer.