Healthy Keto Thanksgiving

Pamela Zink

keto thanksgiving

The holidays are a time for family, friends and fabulous food! For those of us following a low-carb or keto lifestyle, the challenge is finding recipes that are keto-friendly but are still delicious for the rest of the family. There is a healthier way to enjoy the flavors and traditions you love.

While Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, that doesn't mean it has to be any less festive. Try these great side dishes at your Thanksgiving feast this year. They look the same, but just like 2020, they're just a bit different.

The Best Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"

This smooth and creamy side dish uses keto-friendly cauliflower instead of potatoes, but tastes surprisingly similar to the old standby. The big difference is, this recipe has far less carbs than traditional mashed potatoes. Pair it up with our yummy keto gravy and your family will barely taste the difference!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (stems removed)
  • 2 TBSP (plus 1 TBS) butter, softened
  • 2 TBSP cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Chives or parsley (garnish)

Directions

  1. Steam the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until soft
  2. Place the cooked cauliflower, 2 TBSP softened butter, salt and softened cream cheese in a food processor and puree for a few minutes until smooth and creamy
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place in a serving bowl
  5. Melt remaining butter and drizzle over the top
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley or chopped chives
  7. Serve with keto gravy

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 Kbosh Pumpkin Zucchini Keto Crusts
  • 2/3 cup monk fruit
  • 1/5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Separate frozen crusts with a knife or spatula and allow to thaw
  3. Carefully place crusts inside pie dishes, making cuts on the edges to help fold the crust
  4. Bake the crusts for 7 minutes until lightly brown
  5. While the crusts are baking, combine all the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend together
  6. Pour half of the mixture into each crust
  7. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees
  8. Cool and top with keto whipped cream
* temperature and cooking times may vary so keep an eye on the pie

 

Keto Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Keto cranberry sauce

This tangy and sweet Thanksgiving side dish might not look any different than the one you've had all your life, but it's completely sugar-free and keto-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup erythritol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • chunks of oranges or lemons (optional)


Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, add water, sweetener and cranberries
  2. Bring to a boil then lower and simmer for 10-15 minutes until cranberries are soft
  3. Add lemon zest and salt and stir
  4. Transfer half of the cooked berries into a blender or food processor
  5. Puree until smooth
  6. Mix together the puree cranberry mixture with the remaining berries
  7. Add lemon or orange (optional)

Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

pan fried brussels sprouts with bacon

This take on the traditional Brussels Sprouts makes this dish perfect for anyone on the keto diet, while it takes the usual recipe up a notch so everyone will love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts cut in half, tips removed
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground peppercorns


Directions

  1. Fry bacon until crispy
  2. Remove bacon and set aside, leaving the grease in the pan
  3. Lower heat
  4. Add oil, brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper
  5. Arrange sprouts so they are all in one layer
  6. Raise heat and sear for about 3 minutes without moving
  7. Turn the spouts over and repeat
  8. Add vinegar and crumbled bacon and stir
  9. Heat on low for another 3 minutes and serve!

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