Recipes and photos to come after the holiday, but it’s been a while since I last posted and I figured I’d share what our menu will be now that I am officially a “Paleo convert” — the challenge ended on Sunday and the small amounts of grain that I reintroduced definitely had an impact. Dairy doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue for me, but cutting it out has been easy enough that I don’t see myself going back to it, at least not more than occasionally. Same goes for refined sugar — now that I know how it makes me feel, and how much better I feel without it, it feels like a no-brainer.
All that said, there will be some “cheating” tomorrow, no question. I’ve been incorporating a lot more butter than is normally considered Paleo, though all else has been fairly in line with the Paleo lifestyle, including the desserts. I’m pretty excited to enjoy the fruits of my labor! On the menu and in various stages of preparation are the following appetizers and dishes:
Sliced Italian meats
Raw veggies and fresh guacamole
Mushrooms wrapped in bacon
Asparagus wrapped in bacon
Upside down turkey
Roasted sweet potatoes
Paleo cranberry sauce
Roasted/mashed butternut squash
Paleo pumpkin pie
Paleo apple crisp
Paleo(ish) dark chocolate brownies
There will also be corn (for the kids), gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and whole wheat dinner rolls, but I don’t plan on partaking in any of those. I’ll be plenty satisfied with all else!! Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US!