Get ready, because countless wine, cheeseboards, and pies are about to take over your tablescapes this holiday season. Normally, that would be cause for major celebration, but not when you’re in the middle of a round of Whole30. Don’t be jealous of your friends and family enjoying their food and drinks while you sit there watching. Instead, plan ahead so that you have your own delicious and Whole30-compliant holiday recipes. Check out the 13 main dishes, sides, and desserts below that’ll leave you feeling anything but deprived this season.
1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic Bacon Aioli: Brussels sprouts are the winter veggie that keeps on giving. Enjoy them as a side to your turkey or serve with homemade aioli for a passed appetizer. (via The Real Food Dietitians)
2. Pumpkin Pie Butter: Thanks to sugar-free pumpkin puree options, you’re free to play with the seasonal favorite as much as you like. Blend with walnuts and the typical pumpkin pie spices, and you’ll get a creamy spread fit for anything — even just a spoon. (via Eat the Gains)
3. Harvest Chicken Sweet Potato Salad: It doesn’t get much more festive than cranberries, pecans, and sweet potatoes. Combine them with seasoned chicken and herbs to create a delicious bowl of holiday goodness. (via Eat the Gains)
4. Low-Carb Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole: Yes, your grandma’s sweet potato casserole is amazing, but it’s also loaded with added sugar. This nourishing version uses butternut squash and cauliflower to mimic the flavor of sweet potatoes and make it Whole30 compliant. (via Wholesome Yum)
5. Whole30 and Paleo Pot Roast: Who says the holidays have to be all about the ham and turkey? This comforting pot roast is perfect for serving to company, whether they care that it’s Whole30 or not. (via Noshtastic)
6. Garlic and Chili Roasted Broccoli Salad: Make way for the best broccoli you’ve ever had. The salty bacon, crunchy almonds, and spicy chili create a well-rounded flavor profile that’s straight-up addicting. (via A Saucy Kitchen)
7. Whole30 Sweet Potato and Apple Bread Pudding: Whether you serve it warm from the oven for dessert or as a comforting post-holiday breakfast, this bread pudding will make you feel like you’re indulging with the best of them. (via 40 Aprons)
8. Chili and Rosemary Roasted Nuts: Bring along these spiced roasted nuts to the party so you won’t be left without a snack option. (via The Real Food Dietitians)
9. Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast: If your family’s holiday consists of a deep-fried turkey with all the fixings, this basic roasted breast will be just enough for those who want a healthier choice. Hopefully, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for the next day. (via Flavor the Moments)
10. Paleo and Whole30 Gravy: You definitely need gravy to pour over the top of your turkey and potatoes. This recipe manages to be free of flour, butter, gluten, grain, and dairy, while still being thick and tasty. (via Tastes Lovely)
11. Sautéed Apples and Pears With Coconut Butter: You’ll realize after eating these apples that you don’t need a ton of brown sugar for the dish to be outstanding. The natural sweetness of the fruit is perfect to go alongside your savory holiday sides, and you can even serve with coconut butter for dessert. (via Paleo Running Mama)
12. Homemade Cranberry Sauce: No matter what your family says, this homemade cranberry sauce will win any day against their jiggly can of cranberry jelly. All you need are three ingredients, and it basically cooks itself. (via Eat the Gains)
13. Holiday Meatballs With Cranberry Aioli: Whether you make these as an appetizer or fun main dish, you’ll be shocked at how much flavor is packed into one little meatball. Whip up the tart cranberry dipper on the side, and you’ll have yourself a holiday winner. (via The Organic Dietician)
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