What Are You Having for Thanksgiving?

I've been asked to share what my family and I will be eating this Thanksgiving, and I'm happy to share that information! Obviously, turkey is on the menu!  I picked a nice bird up from our friends at Local Yocal on Tuesday.  

I'll brine the turkey with some fresh sage, thyme, and tarragon along with a brine kit I purchased from Whole Foods.  The turkey will brine for about 24 hours.  I feel like brining makes the turkey juicier and keeps it from drying out during the cooking process.  Brining may make the turkey juicier, but less flavorful, that's why I add the sage, thyme, and tarragon to push the flavor back into the turkey.  I'll cook the turkey on the grill with a bit of smoke from hickory.  I don't like a fully smoked turkey so I only use it for the first hour to encase that smokey flavor.

Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without stuffing.  And this paleo stuffing is flat-out amazing!  Can't say it enough - I really can't tell the difference between this stuffing and the traditional bread-based stuffing!

Sweet Potato Casserole – This is one of the simplest traditional recipes to make paleo.  I love sweet potatoes and this really turned out great.

We held a Meetup Thanksgiving Potluck and one of our guests brought a carrot souffle.  We enjoyed it so much we asked for the recipe and have since added it to our Thanksgiving dinner menu.  This was a huge hit with our kids.

I decided to throw something new on the menu this year, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower.  This will be the first time we've tried this recipe so I will let you know how it goes. So, there's the Gregor Family Menu!  I'm keeping it simple and tasty.  I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday. 

Remember, on Thanksgiving, there really aren't many rules unless you really have a health issue that requires it.  You really need to enjoy life so have fun! I hope you found this week’s Q & A helpful.  Please pass it along and, if you have any questions, please send them to [email protected]

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