Today, we’re sharing some delicious animal-based Thanksgiving recipes.
It can be challenging to stay healthy over the holidays, given all the temptations to indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving foods. The good news is, most Thanksgiving dishes are already animal-based. And for the dishes that aren’t animal-based, we have some creative (and tasty) alternatives that everyone will love. With a few minor tweaks to recipes, it’s possible to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal without sacrificing your health goals!
Here are some animal-based Thanksgiving recipes you can make this year:
- Cranberry Sauce
- Charcuterie Board with Meats, Cheese & Fruit
- Butternut Squash with Maple Butter
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Pumpkin Ice Cream
- Stewed Apples
- Roasted Pears
- Apple Pumpkin Cloud Cake
- Organic Dates with Butter
- Pumpkin Pie
First, we’ll focus on an appetizer, then everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving staples. Let’s get cooking!
Create a spread with all your animal-based favorites like olives, a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and organic fruits of your choice.
Grass-fed & finished beef sausage
Fruit (fresh or dried)
What kind of Thanksgiving recipes blog would this be without a Turkey?
Good news. Turkey is considered animal-based, but there are some caveats.
Technically, Turkeys are monogastric animals (like chicken and pork), meaning they are predominantly fed corn and soy rich diets, resulting in unnaturally high linoleic acid levels which gets stored in their fat. There is strong evidence to show that excess linoleic acid consumption is the primary driver of metabolic dysfunction and chronic illness.
We suggest sourcing a pasture-raised, corn and soy free turkey. Check out these options below for sourcing a high-quality Turkey:
- Eat Wild: A great website that will connect you with a local farmer in your area!
- White Oak Pastures is taking pre-orders for small, medium, and large pasture-raised Turkeys!
- Northstar Bison sells corn-and-soy-free turkey that comes in a variety of sizes.
- US Wellness Meats is another provider of pasture-raised Turkeys which aren’t exposed to antibiotics or GMOs.
Once you source your turkey, the hard part is over and the fun begins. Our friend Ashley Rothstein recently posted several of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes like stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy.
She created this incredible animal-based stuffing with simple ingredients like eggs, bone broth, apples, and bacon.
Yellow onion (optional)
Apple cider vinegar
3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
Ashley also came up with a simple three-ingredient cranberry sauce. It’s about as healthy as cranberry sauce gets!
Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey)
At this point, you’re probably wondering, where is the gravy? Not to worry, because Ashley has got you covered on this staple as well!
Turkey drippings or water (optional)
Cold water (for blooming gelatin)
Raw milk (or cream)
Herbs & spices (optional)
The traditional sides like dinner rolls and green bean casserole are probably best left out of your Thanksgiving meal in our opinion. But there are plenty of tasty side dishes that just so happen to be animal-based.
Here are a few of our favorites!
Hasselbeck Butternut Squash
Hasselbeck butternut squash with maple butter: it’s a unique-looking dish and it’s packed with flavor!
Sage & Rosemary (optional)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This will generally consist of sweet potatoes, milk, salt and butter. Feel free to add some maple syrup or raw honey for additional flavor!
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup only calls for a few ingredients and tastes great when topped with crispy bacon bits and sour cream!
Grass-fed heavy cream (preferred) or coconut milk
If you still have room left in your stomach and haven’t fallen asleep yet from all the tryptophan… then it’s time for some dessert!
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Ice Cream is made with raw milk, pastured eggs, organic pumpkin puree, Ceylon cinnamon, and maple syrup or raw honey. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, a blender can also work well – as Dr. Paul explains in this video.
These are great and will remind everyone of apple pie! Low prep time and a guaranteed crowd favorite.
Chopped (peeled & cored) organic apples of choice
Squeeze of lemon juice
Prep is simple!
Just chop up the apples, add cinnamon to taste, a squeeze of lemon and stir. Serve cold or heat it up in the oven or on the stove for a few minutes.
Roasted pears go great with some homemade raw milk ice cream on top.
P.S. If you need help finding raw milk in your area, feel free to check out this site!
Pears (slightly underripe)
Raw butter (unsalted)
Apple Pumpkin Cloud Cake
Apple Pumpkin Cloud Cake: this contains organic unsweetened applesauce, organic pumpkin puree, organic pumpkin pie spice, pasture-raised bovine gelatin + raw whipped cream (made by whipping heavy cream with maple syrup or honey, and real vanilla extract). This recipe is a crowd favorite at Heart & Soil gatherings.
Organic Dates with Butter
This one is a crowd favorite at Heart & Soil HQ, no matter what time of year it is.
Organic dates with butter: cut dates in half, remove the pit, and add grass-fed butter. Simple and delicious.
An animal-based pumpkin pie is possible, after all!
Grass-fed ghee (or butter)
Raw milk (or cream)
Maple syrup (or raw honey)
Hopefully, these Thanksgiving recipes give you some great ideas to work with!
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving. We’d love to hear about any other animal-based recipes you incorporate into your holiday festivities.
Feel free to share them with us on social media (just tag @Heartandsoilsupplements on Instagram) or in our animal-based community.
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