With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I want to share my recipes for our traditional holiday meal. My family and I refuse to feel deprived because we make the choice to eat healthy and feel energetic instead of overweight and foggy during the holidays. We want our focus to be where it should be: on gratitude and helping others. We feel blessed and we want you to join us too. Enjoy the holidays more than ever with this simple, brain-healthy Thanksgiving menu.
Tana’s Marinated Turkey
For a moist and delicious turkey, try soaking it in wet brine for 18 hours before moving to the preparation steps below, but beware – you will become the designated turkey maker in the family forever!
1 12-pound free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free turkey
1 1/2 cups macadamia nut or avocado oil1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice2 tablespoons minced garlic2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely choppedsalt and pepper, to tasteCheesecloth for baking the turkeyOptional: 1/2 cup ghee or grass fed butter for basting
Preparation to be done the day before cooking:
Start with a fully thawed turkey. Remove innards from cavity (set aside for stuffing if you choose) and rinse turkey well. Pat dry with paper towels. Loosen the skin from the turkey, being careful not to remove the skin completely. You just want to separate the skin from the meat. Try not to puncture the skin. The skin will remain attached at the leg attachment points.
Amen Guiltless Gravy
2 tablespoons of grass fed butter or ghee, or drippings from any meat or poultry you are cooking1 onion, chopped2 cups low sodium chicken broth or bone broth (BWW Cookbook, pg. 89-90)1-2 tablespoons arrowroot, depending on desired thickness2-4 garlic cloves1-2 tablespoons coconut cream or full fat coconut milksalt and pepper to taste1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh choppedOptional: ¼ cup precooked meat of your choice
Cauliflower Garlic Mashed “Potatoes”
2 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth or purified water1 head of cauliflower broken into florets1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter substitute4 garlic cloves minced1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped2 teaspoons arrowroot (mix with purified water)2 tablespoons purified water (mix with arrowroot)1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)1/2 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup sunflower seeds2 tablespoons chives finely chopped2 cups baby spinach leaves
Clever Kale Slaw
2 cups finely shredded kale, thick stems removed1/2 cup shredded green cabbage1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage1/4 cup shredded carrot1/2 cup chopped raw cashews1/2 cup Nayonnaise (BWW Cookbook, pg. 257) or vegan mayonnaise1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon allspice1/8 teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon nutmeg1 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried)1/3 teaspoon curry powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds1/2 cup dried cranberriesOptional: Use 1 cup prepackaged coleslaw mix instead of cabbageOptional: 1/2 pkt. Stevia
Apple Cinnamon Crisp
7 apples, peeled and chopped (Try using the slicer attachment on a food processor as a shortcut)1 teaspoon cinnamon1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg1⁄4 teaspoon gingerCoconut oil spray for panOptional: 1⁄2 cup erythritol
1⁄4 cup pecans or walnuts1⁄4 cup almond flour2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter6 dates
I hope everyone has an amazing holiday with your loved ones! If you enjoy the recipes above, I invite you to check out The Brain Warriors Way Cookbook. I have provided over 100+ brain healthy recipes to cook for your families on holidays.