Let’s get real here. Yes, Thanksgiving has become so synonymous with chowing down on the big bird that it’s even referred to as “Turkey Day” a lot of the time — but turkey isn’t really anyone’s favorite part of the holiday feast. The sides are absolutely where all the deliciousness lies.
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, biscuits with tons of butter and cranberry sauce with extra sugar are where it’s at. And you can’t eat any of it if you’re following a strict paleo diet.
But before you get all sad and lament the end of Thanksgiving as you know it now that you’ve embraced the paleo lifestyle, you should know it’s not hard to whip up some sides that are just as good — if not better — than all the traditional, non-paleo fare. And the bonus? You won’t feel all heavy and gross after you eat yourself into a food coma.
Originally published October 2016. Updated October 2017.