Sticking to the keto diet or any diet for that matter-during the holidays can be a major struggle. And explaining to your Great Aunt Linda why you can’t eat her famous homemade dressing is always a blast.
My first Thanksgiving experience on the keto diet was a
little tough HUGE DISASTER and consisted of me picking through carb-filled casseroles and eating nothing but turkey as I watched my family feast on all my favorite foods. It took all the willpower I had not to cheat, and by that, I mean dive face first into the green bean casserole!
I was miserable, and I was starving. I figured out if I was ever going to enjoy Thanksgiving or any holiday meal again, I’d have to take matters into my own hands-literally-and learn to cook the Thanksgiving classics keto style.
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Finding the best recipes and ingredients to duplicate my favorites took some time, but now that I’ve got a little over four years of experience I’ve built up a mighty collection of low carb resources. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes with you in case you’re planning your turkey day menu.
Now, about these recipes…We’ve got plenty of variety to cover all the bases. There’s a few different keto Thanksgiving recipes for cranberry sauce, several appetizers to choose from, a bunch of keto Thanksgiving recipes for sides from cauliflower to asparagus to brussels sprouts, keto bread recipes, a couple of main course ideas (don’t you dare miss the bacon wrapped turkey), and finally, dessert!
This healthy low carb cranberry sauce is sugar-free, gluten-free, and requires only 4 ingredients. Find all of the details here on Wholesome Yum
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Appetizers
Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese & Bacon
An easy pick up style appetizer: cream cheese stuffed mushrooms wrapped in bacon via Word To Your Mother Blog
Sausage balls are a must-have around here during the holidays, but as you know, the traditional recipe is not low carb. Enter this recipe made with almond flour and cream cheese.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Go ahead and put this one from Maya at the top of your keto Thanksgiving recipes list! Everyone loves these bacon wrapped asparagus appetizers that are ready to serve in 30 minutes!
Cranberry Baked Brie
Any appetizer with a hint of brie goes fast at our holiday parties so when I saw this version by Taryn of Joy Filled Eats that combined our favorite with cranberry and almonds I knew it would be a hit!
Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers
Keto-friendly cajun shrimp over creamy avocado settled nicely on top of crisp cucumber slices. Yum. This delightful appetizer will no doubt be one of your favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes thanks to Natasha’s Kitchen
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
If you are looking for an epic appetizer for your Thanksgiving grazing table, but you don’t want to spend too much time cooking-here ya go. All you need is 4 ingredients to get these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts together! Trust me on this-Savory Tooth’s got it going on with one of the most popular keto Thanksgiving recipes!
Low Carb Breads
Grain Free Herbed Biscuits
Put this one from Carol of Ditch the Wheat at the top of your must try keto Thanksgiving recipes! Hop over to find out how to prepare these fine low carb biscuits and get a super helpful & entertaining lesson in baking with coconut flour.
Cheesy Skillet Bread
A most delightful keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food that you’ll need later on to make the Thanksgiving stuffing! But make no mistake this Cheesy Keto Skillet Bread holds its own-this is as close as you’ll get to cornbread on keto. And it’s fabulous!
Almond Flour Cheddar Biscuits
Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t have green bean casserole! I think I’ve enjoyed this southern staple every year of my life, so I was thrilled to find this healthy spin on my Thanksgiving favorite from Kyndra at Peace, Love and Low Carb!
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
This loaded cauliflower casserole is the ultimate healthy comfort food swap for mashed potatoes. Loads of cream cheese, cheddar, butter, and bacon combined with cauliflower create an unbelievably delicious side dish that is ready to serve in 45 minutes – with 4.7 net carbs per serving.
Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese & Asiago
Ready to serve in 40 minutes! This is one of my favorite quick and easy sides, and it’s always a hit! You can bake it the day before & reheat it in the microwave on Thanksgiving day which is a huge bonus! Find out more on Joy Filled Eats
Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
This asparagus recipe from Low Carb Maven makes an easy and elegant side dish. Save time & energy by making the delicious Hollandaise Sauce in the blender! Get the full scoop on Low Carb Maven
Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts
Who’s going to miss potatoes when they have this keto Thanksgiving recipe served? You certainly won’t! This low carb Cauliflower Gratin recipe from Sandy (AKA Reluctant Entertainer) is easy, cheesy, and keto-friendly! Oh, and I almost forgot-it calls for BACON!!! Boom!
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
These are not just every day Brussels Sprouts! This special keto Thanksgiving recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb includes delicious bacon and is topped with a garlic parmesan cream sauce.
Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole
This butternut squash casserole tastes like your holiday sweet potato casserole, but has none of the guilt attached! Try one of the most shared keto Thanksgiving recipes this year-all the details can be found on Wholesome Yum
A very healthy & easy side for your Thanksgiving meal! Find the full recipe on Tastaholics
Spicy Cheddar & Sausage Stuffing
The stuffing can make or break the entire meal if you ask me. Pre-keto diet I made my dressing with two skillets of buttermilk cornbread. Obviously, that recipe has been retired. Thankfully, I found this keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn-it has all the bases covered & is pretty darn close to real thing as far as taste with only 2 carbs per serving!!!!
If you want to go a bread-free route Maya of Wholesome Yum has you covered with this tasty cauilflower stuffing that’s full of flavor thanks to caramelized onions and toasted pecans.
The Main Event
Juicy Turkey Baked in a Cheesecloth
Sage, Rosemary and butter soaked turkey with white wine – looks like the perfect Turkey Day bird from Serena Bakes
Instant Pot Turkey Breast
If you don’t want to wait around all day on your turkey use the power of your instant pot & this recipe from The Cookie Rookie!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Beef Tenderloin
This tenderloin recipe from Melissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry is perfect for entertaining a crowd & easy to put together. Oh, and of course it tastes divine!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
If you’re looking for a main dish that will turn a few heads consider this one from Craig at Ruled.Me. His bacon wrapped stuffed pork tenderloin is a delicious pork on pork recipe filled with cream cheese, spinach, onion, and garlic!
Honestly, if you serve this bacon-wrapped turkey that Kacey (AKA The Cookie Writer) created it really won’t matter what else you cook on Thanksgiving. This will steal the show-because-hello, it’s a bacon wrapped turkey! Now, I will tell you this isn’t a traditional keto recipe-Kacey includes potatoes & a little flour (for gravy)-so you’ll need to leave those out to keep it keto-friendly! The good news is that you don’t need them to keep it fabulous!
Low Carb Desserts
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Easy Pumpkin Pie
This easy keto pumpkin pie from Wholesome Yum has a delicious almond flour crust and is surprisingly simple to prepare! Perfect for the holidays!
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes
These could possibly be the cutest keto Thanksgiving recipe ever created! Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes from Keto Connect are the perfect dessert for any holiday gathering or just any time you feel like being festive-with a net carb count of 3.5 grams you can treat yourself anytime without feeling guilty!
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Each collection offers 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 30 dinners & 30 desserts with only 5 ingredients & 5 net carbs! They provide all the macro info for you – which makes life so much easier!
I hope you have a fabulous & safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I’d like to take a moment and thank you for reading my words on this website. I’m very grateful to be able to write & share and without you I would not have this opportunity. So, Thank You!
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