Have fun and eat well during the holidays without sacrificing your diet, thanks to these delicious, healthy keto Thanksgiving recipes!
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5 Keto Thanksgiving Ideas to Try for the Holidays
Disappointed that you won’t be able to eat your share of mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Don’t be because you can replace it with these meaty, juicy, and delicious side dishes and appetizers instead:
1. Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Brussels sprouts are a good source of protein, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Even if it’s low in carbs, the fat from the bacon provides the extra energy boost you need to stay alive and alert all night.
Plus, bacon makes everything taste better, so you might find yourself eating at least two cups of these even if you hate veggies.
Calories: 100 calories per cup
- 1 kg Brussels sprouts, without outer leaves and stems
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups bacon, chopped and minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Ground pepper
- Wash the Brussels sprouts and then shred them thinly.
- Fry the chopped bacon in a non-stick frying pan over low to medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add olive oil and the Brussels sprouts into the pan while seasoning the dish with salt and pepper.
- Saute over high heat for around 6-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve. This recipe should yield around seven cups.
2. Low-Carb Cheese Bread
You can eat your share of bread and still stay healthy over the holidays by replacing your regular bread options with these low-carb cheese biscuits! These biscuits use coconut and almond flour instead of regular flour.
Calories: 223 calories per piece
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and then line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or some parchment paper.
- Whisk the almond and coconut flour, garlic and baking powder, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar, and salt inside a large bowl.
- Throw in the sour cream, eggs, and melted butter. Continue whisking until the mixture forms a smooth, rich consistency.
- Scoop 10-12 spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet you prepared earlier. Make the mounds a bit small since the mixture is very rich and will spread easily.
- Take the remaining cheddar and sprinkle it all over the baking sheet.
- Bake for around 20- 25 or minutes until the cheese starts to turn golden brown.
- Remove from heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Keto Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without turkey! On its own, turkey is keto-friendly, and you can add it to any keto Thanksgiving menu.
What you need to overhaul are the stuffings. These are usually loaded with high-carb, factory-made bread.
Luckily, these recipes are not:
3. Spicy Sausage and Cheese Stuffing
This keto-friendly spicy sausage stuffing tastes exactly like your favorite sausage stuffing. Your guests won’t even notice that you’re not using regular high-carb cheese bread.
- 1 1/2 cup spicy Italian sausage
- 1 full recipe of low-carb cheese bread (You can use the earlier mentioned recipe.)
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 200°F while chopping the low-carb cheese bread into cubes.
- Scatter the cheese bread on a large baking sheet, bake for 2-3 hours until super dry and crispy, and then let the bread sit overnight.
- Place a large pan or skillet over medium heat.
- Saute the sausage while crushing the large chunks. Transfer the sausage in a large bowl.
- Saute the onion, celery, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper in the skillet pan. Transfer it to your bowl of sausages.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F while coating a large glass baking dish with butter.
- Add the cubed bread and chicken broth to the sausage mixture then mix.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the cream and eggs together. Pour this mixture into the sausage and bread stuffing.
- Combine the entire mixture together until all the ingredients merge.
- Bake the dish uncovered for 35 minutes or until the top turns golden brown and crusty.
You don’t have have to desert desserts just to have a healthy keto Thanksgiving dinner party. Instead, opt to make your own low-calorie options:
4. Keto Pumpkin Cupcakes
This delicious dessert has all the goodness of a pumpkin pie minus the unhealthy carbs and calories. The coconut flour also adds a dash of sweetness that goes well with the pumpkin flavor.
Calories: 70 per cupcake
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup Swerve Brown or Swerve Granular
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350°F while lining six muffin cups with parchment paper or silicone liners.
- Mix the baking soda, baking powder, coconut flour, salt, and pumpkin spice in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk the sweetener, egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla in a separate large bowl until they form a thick, rich consistency.
- Combine the dry and wet mixtures. Whisk. Feel free to add more coconut flour if you feel the batter is too runny.
- Pour into muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes. Take out and let cool on the pan until the top sinks. Then, refrigerate for one hour.
- Finally, top off with some whipped cream and serve.
5. Low-Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake
Trade your high-carb pumpkin pie for this more delicious, healthier pumpkin dessert!
Calories: 460 calories per slice
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp Pyure all-purpose sweetener
- 1/3 cup Pyure all-purpose sweetener
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups cream cheese
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- Mix the cinnamon, sweetener, melted butter, and almond flour in a deep-dish baking pan.
- Press the mixture down with your clean hands.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Whisk the sweetener, cream cheese, and vanilla.
- Add the eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice until mixture forms a rich, thick blend.
- Pour in the filling mixture in the crust you prepared.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the filling sets.
- Remove from heat, let it cool, and then refrigerate overnight.
Check out this quick recipe for low-carb peanut butter cookies:
The key to a great keto Thanksgiving dish is to use healthy, delicious low-carb alternatives for common ingredients such as flour, bread, and potatoes. Try making your own bread, stuffing, and desserts because store-bought options are often filled with unhealthy carbs and empty calories.
Apart from making it healthy, keep in mind that you’re preparing for a celebration. Not every person in the room might enjoy keto-friendly choices as much as you do, so do prepare other healthy options for them as well.
When the holidays get hectic, remember to breathe. Keep a Chill Pill with you for an extra hand.
What are your favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes? Share them in the comments section below!