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SCD Thanksgiving Menu

By Lara DeHaven

Most of my attention is on Thanksgiving , which is less than two weeks ahead.  I have been combing through cookbooks and discussing possible dishes with my family.  For me, Thanksgiving Day has special meaning.  It is a time when all the pressure is off.  There is no gift exchange.  It is simply a day spent with family and friends over great food as we reflect on our many blessings.

The menu is usually pretty standard.  Turkey, dressing, and all the fixings.  However this is our Thanksgiving on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  So, the menu calls for more attention to ensure that the foods are legal and follow the diet protocol as well as are delicious and Thanksgiving-worthy.

After much discussion as a family we have finalized our menu for that special day.  It is as follows:

Dressing (I am using the recipe from Lucy’s SCD Cookbook.)
Gravy (I am boiling the neck in water and thickening the broth with onion.)
Steamed Carrots with butter
Green Beans with legal bacon
Roasted Squash and Zucchini
Mashed Cauliflower with butter and parsley
Homemade Cranberry Sauce (I am torn between two different recipes.  One uses orange and the other grape juice.)
Biscuits (I am using the drop biscuit recipe from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook substituting honey for agave nectar.)

Pecan Praline Shortbread (Also from the above cookbook.  Are they cookies? Candy?  Who cares?  They are delicious and close to  pecan pie.)
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Incredible Icing (These cupcakes are in Gluten-Free Cupcakes again with the same substitutions as above.)
Apple Pie (I am still working on this recipe.)

We are going to have a wonderful feast in spite of our dietary restrictions.  I cannot wait!  It just goes to show that you are not deprived while on SCD.  You might not get to eat whatever you want, but with a little planning and creativity, you can still eat like a king.

I wanted to make my menu available in case some of you were struggling with what to prepare.  A Thanksgiving dinner that is completely gluten-free, legal on either SCD or GAPS diet, and easy on your tummy.  It is full of fresh vegetables and fruit.  It relies on almond flour for the baked goods.

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As thankful as I am to have my menu selected, I was even more grateful for the way my older children enthusiastically volunteered to be in charge of several dishes.  My husband is heading up the preparation of the turkey.  That means that mom won’t be in the kitchen by herself for a couple of days.  Yeah!!  I will have to add this to my growing long list of blessings this year.

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4 Responses to “SCD Thanksgiving Menu”

  1. Karen

    Do you do any lacto-fermented side? Either fruit or veggie ferment?
    Your menu looks wonderful.

  2. Lara DeHaven

    My family likes lacto-fermented kimchi, but we are not eating any for Thanksgiving. Which lacto-fermented foods are your favorites?

  3. Karen

    my favorite is the tomato salsa but also dill pickles is another favorite. Happy Thanksgiving! I do enjoy reading your blog. Blessings.

  4. Lara DeHaven

    Do you make the salsa and pickles using Sally Fallon’s recipes? Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


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