This will be my first low-sodium/migraine-friendly/gluten-free/paleo-esque Thanksgiving. I already showed you how to make herb-roasted low-sodium turkey. Since many of my traditional Thanksgiving recipes, while awesome, don’t fit my new eating plan, I asked some of my blogging pals to share their best low-sodium Thanksgiving recipes to inspire me! Please click through to their blogs for the recipes. All photos and links used with permission.
Start the meal with tiny tasting cups of creamy sweet potato-pumpkin soup from Tasting Page. [Use the white part of leeks to replace the onion, and hemp or coconut milk for migraine diet. Use low-sodium chicken stock.] Dairy- and gluten-free.
You could serve this Caramelized Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Grapes from The Housewife in Training Files as a salad course, or in little butter lettuce cups for another appetizer. [Omit salt, use low-sodium goat cheese for low-sodium and migraine diets.]
This cardamom-apple-pear sauce from Snappy Gourmet would be dynamite on turkey. [Do not use citrus for migraine diet.] Vegan. Or you could make my cranberry-jalapeño-persimmon sauce if you want a different take on cranberry sauce.
Once you’re ready for the salad course, this Roasted Pear and Kale Salad from Tasting Page sounds phenomenal. I would make it just as a meal another day too. [Omit Dijon mustard and walnuts for migraine diet.] Vegan (includes honey; use brown rice syrup if you don’t eat honey).
If you’re looking for a paleo alternative to mashed potatoes, Faith from An Edible Mosaic walks you step-by-step through making butternut squash puree. Vegan.
While I don’t generally like cauliflower, I have come to LOVE it roasted. So this balsamic and garlic roasted cauliflower from The Joyful Foodie sounds amazing. [Use white vinegar, and halve the amount, for migraine diet.] Vegan.
I never liked sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows; this one is way more up my alley: orange-streusel sweet potato casserole from Liv Life Too. [Not migraine-friendly. Use gluten-free all-purpose flour blend for gluten-free version.] Vegan, contains nuts.
I love, love, love parsnips. I am definitely making this for our Thanksgiving dinner this year: honey-and-maple roasted parsnips from Erren’s Kitchen. [Omit salt and use unsalted butter for low-sodium diet; vegans can sub brown rice syrup for honey.] Vegan/vegetarian.
While I still avoid Brussels sprouts (being a super-taster, they nearly always taste very bitter to me), this is how I would be most likely to try them: roasted cider-glazed Brussels sprouts from The View from Great Island. Vegan.
And finally, how about a grain-free paleo-friendly dessert? Probably will make this just to eat it, not necessarily waiting until Thanksgiving! Paleo pumpkin bars from Confessions of an Overworked Mom. [Use sodium-free baking powder for low-sodium diets.] Vegetarian (contains eggs)