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 oil 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped salt and pepper, to taste Cheesecloth for baking the turkey Optional: 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 cooking 1 onion, chopped 2 cups low sodium chicken broth or bone broth (BWW Cookbook, pg. 89-90) 1-2 tablespoons arrowroot, depending on desired thickness 2-4 garlic cloves 1-2 tablespoons coconut cream or full fat coconut milk salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Optional: ¼ cup precooked meat of your choice
Cauliflower Garlic Mashed “Potatoes”
2 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth or purified water 1 head of cauliflower broken into florets 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter substitute 4 garlic cloves minced 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped 2 teaspoons arrowroot (mix with purified water) 2 tablespoons purified water (mix with arrowroot) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional) 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons chives finely chopped 2 cups baby spinach leaves
Clever Kale Slaw
2 cups finely shredded kale, thick stems removed 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage 1/4 cup shredded carrot 1/2 cup chopped raw cashews 1/2 cup Nayonnaise (BWW Cookbook, pg. 257) or vegan mayonnaise 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried) 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried) 1/3 teaspoon curry powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds 1/2 cup dried cranberries Optional: Use 1 cup prepackaged coleslaw mix instead of cabbage Optional: 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 cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger Coconut oil spray for pan Optional: 1⁄2 cup erythritol
1⁄4 cup pecans or walnuts 1⁄4 cup almond flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter 6 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.
Get 21% OFF with code TANA21 - for all Brain Warriors!
Finally a protein powder that's sugar free, gluten free, has 22 grams of protein and is only 130 calories!
Memory Powder, Magnesium Chewables, Brain & Body Power Max