A tasty and healthy low carb Thanksgiving menu will leave you satisfied – but not miserably bloated. Who says you can’t indulge on a low carb diet?
I’ve been making this delicious low carb Thanksgiving menu for several years now. It enables us to celebrate the holiday and feast – truly feast – while staying low-carb.
We honestly don’t feel like we’re missing out when we’re eating these foods. They are delicious! And I think most people on the keto or low-carb diet will agree with me that the secret is to stop mourning what we can’t have and focus on the wonderful things that we CAN have.
Not everyone can handle a “cheat day”
There are two schools of thought when it comes to holidays. One option is to throw caution to the wind and indulge. It works for some, while for others it may spiral into weeks and months of out-of-control eating.
Another option is to find a way to make the holiday enjoyable while eating healthy. This is the path my husband and I tend to choose, and it has served us well over the years.
Thanksgiving can definitely be low-carb and healthy, yet very tasty. I’ve been serving this delicious menu for several years now.
I do include a few higher-carb options for our teens, and for guests who don’t share our way of eating. But my husband and I stick with the low-carb options and enjoy every bite.
Low Carb Thanksgiving Menu
- Roasted turkey breast or roasted turkey legs
- Homemade gravy
- Keto cranberry sauce
- Mashed cauliflower
- Mashed pumpkin
- Sausage stuffing
- Green bean casserole
- Cheese biscuits
- Keto crustless pumpkin pie
- Crustless chocolate pie
- Coffee or tea (keto coffee for those who like it!)
Low-carb Thanksgiving shopping list
All-purpose flour (just 1 tablespoon for the gravy)
Brandy or bourbon
Canned coconut milk, full-fat, 2 cups
Cocoa powder, unsweetened
Coffee and tea
Pure pumpkin puree, 15oz can
Swerve granulated sweetener or stevia
Dried sage, thyme and rosemary
Cranberries, fresh, 10-12oz
Cauliflower, 1 head
Crimini mushrooms, 8oz
Green beans, fresh, 1 lb.
Red bell pepper, 1
Lean ground pork, 1 lb.
Turkey breast halves or turkey legs
Butter, unsalted, 2 packages
Dry grated Parmesan
Greek yogurt, plain, 1 cup
Shredded sharp cheddar, 8oz
Low-Carb Thanksgiving Timeline
Make the day before:
1. Crustless pumpkin pie and chocolate pie. I bake both at the same time, allow to cool 2 hours, then slice and place the slices in air-tight containers in the fridge. Remove from fridge an hour before the meal.
2. Cranberry sauce. Remove from fridge to allow to get to room temperature an hour before the meal.
3. Gravy. After I make it, I place it in the gravy boat, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. On Thanksgiving day, I mix in 2 tablespoons of beef broth and microwave in bursts of 1 minute, stirring after each microwave session, until warm.
4. Mashed cauliflower and mashed pumpkin. Unlike mashed potatoes, these keep very well in the fridge and can be reheated, covered, in the oven or in the microwave.
5. Cheese biscuits. Freeze in freezer bags as soon as they are ready to keep them fresh. The next day, reheat them in the oven, covered, or in the microwave.
Thanksgiving day schedule
We like to have our Thanksgiving meal early, around 2pm. Then, for dinner, we enjoy leftover turkey soup!
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Make sausage stuffing and green bean casserole, baking them both at the same time (they both bake at 350 degrees F).
12:30 pm Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Prep the turkey breast or legs.
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Roast the turkey breast or legs.
While the turkey is in the oven:
Remove the pies and cranberry sauce from the fridge to allow them to get to room temperature.
Set the table.
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm While the turkey is resting, covered, lower the oven temperature back to 350 degrees F. Place in the oven, covered with foil, whatever needs to be reheated. Stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed cauliflower, and mashed pumpkin. Microwave the gravy (covered, on 50% power, in 30-second sessions, stirring after each session) and the biscuits (on 50% power).
2:15 pm Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy this low-carb Thanksgiving menu as much as we do.