Keto Thanksgiving Recipes to Help You Navigate the Holiday Menu
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
First things first: Nothing (no diet or resolution plans for the coming year) should stop you from eating all…the…food on Thanksgiving. But, we get it. When you've been working so hard, or have even just started to dabble in a different eating style or habit, hitting the pause button (and potentially going overboard) can seem like a setback rather than just one seriously satisfying meal.
This rings especially true for anyone who has been following the keto diet, which relies on maintaining ketosis—a state where your body has been trained to burn fat for fuel first, instead of carbs. And getting to that point does take some serious training time and effort. Carbs are typically the body's first source of energy, so significantly restricting them while also doubling up on healthy fats takes some real commitment and meal planning.
This is all to say, if you want to dig in at Thanksgiving without jolting your body out of ketosis, we've got you covered. Here, a complete Thanksgiving menu filled with keto Thanksgiving recipes that will cover your favorite side dishes through the dessert course. (Looking for vegan Thanksgiving recipes? We've got those, too.)
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Creamed Rainbow Chard
Creamed greens might not be all that "new," but this keto Thanksgiving recipe version is something you likely haven't tried before. Rainbow chard brings color and texture to this cheesy side dish. And make no mistake, this recipe is filled with cheese: both cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. It's warm and gooey—and does anything else matter?
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Walnuts, and Orange
Sautéed on the stove to get those nice crispy edges, this keto Thanksgiving recipe is a flavor bomb thanks to unexpected ingredients such as Granny Smith apple (a keto-approved fruit!), cardamom, and orange zest. Oh, and did we mention there's pancetta involved?
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Herbed Turnip Mashed "Potatoes"
These might look like mashed potatoes (with a lovely sprinkling of bacon and scallions on top, no less), but there's actually a different root vegetable underneath there: turnips. This keto-approved option has the texture you'd expect from traditional mashed potatoes, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything this Thanksgiving. (Related: Keto Vegetables to Add to Your Diet When You're Sick of Cauliflower Rice)
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Lemon-Thyme Roasted Turkey Legs with Almond Butter Gravy
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey, but if you want to get the most out of the keto offerings this holiday, choose dark meat, which has a higher fat content. These tender, roasted turkey legs are juicy on their own, but brush a ghee mixture with thyme, garlic, and lemon underneath its crispy skin, and now you've got a "leg up" on the cooking competition. Top the whole thing off with a uniquely flavored gravy made with almond butter!
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Keto Sausage Stuffing
Don't give up on this bread-centered fan-favorite Thanksgiving recipe just yet. You can have stuffing even on a low-carb diet—just choose your ingredients wisely. This keto Thanksgiving recipe is made with pork sausage to add bulk to a baked stuffing and riced cauliflower to work as a binder to give you full belly satisfaction without the carb coma.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
What do you get when you combine pumpkin pie with creamy cheesecake? A keto Thanksgiving dessert recipe like no other. Sure, the calories and fat are a bit high (it is keto, after all), but it's Thanksgiving. If traditional pumpkin pie is out, this is the tastiest consolation prize ever. (Related: Keto Dessert Recipes That Definitely Don't Taste Low-Carb)