Grain Free Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving dinner used to scare the bejeezus out of me. Lots has changed since then and now I really enjoy cooking on Thanksgiving. I always keep the meal simple and resist the urge to make five bajillion vegetable sides just so the table looks like a feast. Last Thanksgiving I did a totally grain free meal and it went over well with my family.

Here’s what I made, a complete grocery list is at the bottom:

Roasted Turkey with Turmeric and Bacon


  • One whole turkey with innards
  • 1 onion
  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1lb bacon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Turmeric


  1. Wash turkey and pull out innards – the heart, liver and neck (I freeze them in a plastic freezer bag to make turkey stock later)
  2. Pat the turkey dry and put on a rack in your roasting pan
  3. Cut up one onion into quarters and one garlic bulb in half
  4. Place onion and garlic inside the turkey cavity
  5. Sprinkle top of turkey with salt, pepper, and turmeric – do not hold back here, use a good amount, but also be careful, turmeric will stain EVERYTHING yellow!
  6. Cover the turkey with a full pound of bacon or more (I used that much last year with a 10 pound turkey)
  7. Bake at 350° for two hours
  8. No need to cover the turkey with aluminum foil, the bacon will protect the skin and keep it from drying out
  9. I also turn the turkey over for the last thirty minutes, making sure to sprinkle the back with more salt, pepper, and turmeric
  10. *Save your bones and scraps to make turkey stock for next year!

One of these fancy things will help you separate the liquid from the fat.

Grain Free Thanksgiving Grocery List:

  • whole turkey
  • bacon (1 pound)
  • sweet potatoes (enough for your family, about one potato per person)
  • broccoli (3 heads)
  • onion (2 medium)
  • garlic (fresh or powder)
  • cranberries (1 bag or about 1 pound)
  • cooked pumpkin (2 cups)
  • salad greens
  • almonds (2 cups, chopped)
  • pecans
  • butter (3/4 cup)
  • Parmesan (1/2 cup)
  • mayonnaise (1 cup)
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • milk or coconut milk (4 1/2 cups)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • eggs (5 )
  • white wine (1/2 cup)
  • bacon grease or lard (2 cups)
  • maple syrup (1/2 cup)
  • honey or coconut sugar (1/4 cup)
  • arrowroot or all-purpose gluten-free flour (1 cup)
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • turmeric
  • cayenne powder (optional)
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • oil and vinegar
  • pre-made pie crust or ingredients for a pie crust

You could cook everything a day or two before and only leave the turkey for the day of. Make sure to leave plenty of time for your turkey to defrost. I never seem to leave enough time to defrost and I always have a turkey in my sink with running water for the last bit of defrosting.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and that you and your family are blessed, and so full of light and love. If this time of year is hard for you, I wish that you find some comfort here at Mama and Baby Love and in the arms of God. Know that you are always loved.

I have so much to be thankful for this year, even though its been full of turmoil. I am so thankful for my family and that they are happy and healthy. I am so thankful that both my husband and I earn a good living and can provide for our family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart from supporting Mama and Baby Love!

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  • Heather
    November 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Thank you so much!!

  • Courtney
    November 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Thank you so much for this!! Great Thanksgiving ideas!