A Keto lifestyle during the holidays might seem daunting. But it can be done! You can enjoy the festivities of Thanksgiving while staying on the Keto diet and enjoying your food. “How is that possible?” you may ask. Well, with a little planning ahead and some delicious keto recipes that will trump all of the carb filled dishes that scatter the table.
By surrounding yourself with healthier versions of your favorite keto holiday dishes, you will feel much better when facing the sugary temptations throughout the day. I will say that holidays are not a time when I count my macros or obsess over my food. If I slip up, I don’t beat myself up over it. I get back on track the next day and don’t feel guilty at all. This is a lifestyle, not a diet.
This is a compilation of some of the best keto and low carb versions of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. You’ll find turkey, stuffing, green beans, meatballs, cranberries, loaded mashed cauliflower and more. These recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds and they are family friendly! You will feel good knowing you can enjoy your holiday without feeling guilty over your food choices. After all, it is possible to enjoy a holiday without obsessing over food, isn’t it? Holidays are about so much more than food!
KETO THANKSGIVING RECIPES
BACON WRAPPED WHOLE TURKEY by The Cookie Writer
A Thanksgiving meal is not complete without the famous turkey, right?! This bacon wrapped turkey is so juicy and decadent that everyone at your dinner table will rave about it! Little do they know that it is actually helping their waistline while tasting fabulous!
CAULIFLOWER BACON GRATIN by Reluctant Entertainer
This cauliflower gratin recipe is a low-carb delicious dish to serve for a cozy gathering, a holiday potluck or a weeknight meal. Cauliflower gratin is a winner at every table, because who doesn’t love bacon? Comfort food at its’ finest!
RICED CAULIFLOWER STUFFING by Thyme And Joy
This recipe was created because Trader Joes sold out of their cauliflower rice stuffing year after year! Yes, really. If you are looking for a savory herb side for your Thanksgiving dinner, you will want to check this one out! There’s a secret ingredient you may not have thought about!
CAULIFLOWER STUFFING by Delish
One of my favorite dishes on Thanksgiving is stuffing…but stuffing doesn’t like me. I was beyond thrilled to find this keto friendly version of my favorite classic side dish…one that I could make and enjoy with gravy and cranberry sauce (keto friendly, of course) piled on top!
KETO STUFFING by How To This And That
Just in case you are still looking for that perfect stuffing recipe, here is a classic version that will quickly become a favorite! This recipe is super simple and has those traditional flavors you know and love.
KETO SAUSAGE BALLS by Keto Size Me
BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS by Wholesome Yum
I don’t think I have to say much more about how amazing this dish is, right? Keto friendly for you and everything friendly for everyone else.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH CREAM SAUCE AND BACON by Whole Lotta Yum
This is a recipe I can not wait to serve on Thanksgiving! These delicious roasted and caramelized Brussel sprouts are sure to make Brussel sprouts a family favorite this year- even the kids will come around!
LOW CARB GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE by Peace, Love and Low Carb
It seem like almost every Thanksgiving table involves this classic dish. Some people love it and some people hate it. I actually happen to love it, but maybe that is because it reminds me of my grandmother. I appreciate that this dish has only whole, real foods and I don’t ever have to eat canned cream of mushroom soup again!
LOW CARB SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE by Wholesome Yum
Of course, actual sweet potatoes are too starchy for a low carb diet, but there’s no need to miss out. It turns out that roasted butternut squash and cauliflower make the perfect stand-ins. Yum!
BALSAMIC GREEN BEANS WITH PANCETTA by A Little CLAIREification
CRANBERRY BAKED BRIE by Joy Filled Eats
This recipe is not only delicious, but it is gorgeous! This Cranberry Baked Brie features a mozzarella and almond based dough, with the sweetness of cranberries to balance it out. This is a perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving get together!
SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE by Wholesome Yum
Although cranberries do have carbs, I can’t omit them completely from my Thanksgiving table. Cranberry sauce is one of those classic sides that I just have to have. This recipe is sugar free and as long as I don’t pile it all over my plate, I can feel good about indulging a bit for the day.
LOADED CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES by Evolving Table
There is something so very comforting about eating mashed potatoes. The creamy texture and warm spoonfuls are addicting. Unfortunately, while mashed potatoes may taste incredible, they carry little nutritional benefit and are loaded with unnecessary carbs. Following a keto diet makes mashed potatoes off-limits… but mashed cauliflower potatoes are not!
ULTIMATE KETO GRAVY by Keto Diet App
Gravy, how I love thee. There was a time when my entire carb filled Thanksgiving Day plate was swimming in gravy. But I’ve learned portion control and moderation over the years are key. And now that I have found this keto friendly gravy, I can enjoy my gravy even more! The key to this creamy gravy is porcini mushrooms! As long as I don’t tell the kids, they won’t know!
LOW CARB DAIRY FREE PUMPKIN PIE by Low Carb Yum
I admit, I am one of those people who could live without pumpkin spice…it is just not my thing. But I know I am one of the few, so I went on the hunt for a keto friendly pumpkin pie. I have one child who is super picky and needs to be dairy free, but who loves pumpkin pie, so she will be thrilled with this one.
EASY KETO PUMPKIN PIE by Wholesome Yum
Because… this recipe was too good and too simple to to share. And the whole everyone loves pumpkin pie thing.
PUMPKIN PIE FAT BOMBS by Healthful Pursuit
A low-carb layered fat bomb dessert with a pumpkin base and a vanilla top. You have the option to add grass-fed collagen for extra nutrition, even with a treat! If you are looking for some more fat bomb recipes, I have you covered right here.
If you think you are going to have a hard time sticking to your Keto diet for Thanksgiving, you could consider Exogenous Ketones. I use them daily to help my body get into and stay in ketosis, even when my diet isn’t perfect. This is not to say you can gorge yourself all day and expect to lose five pounds…not the case! But exogenous ketones are a helpful tool for those of us that may not want to obsessively count macros or may want to not worry about staying in ketosis on a holiday. If you slip up a bit on Thanksgiving, you can get right back on track the next day and know you will be in ketosis. I use them daily and have successfully lost 70 pounds in 10 months.