November 20, 2016

Cranberry Sauce & Stuffing, Paleo style

Our favorite Paleo mommy Leslie B is working her recipe wizard skills again!  Here are a few more glorious ways to prepare healthy food for your family this holiday season, enjoy! 

Secret confession: I love planning holiday menus.  In fact, I plan multiple menus with different options leading up to the holidays.  I love to research new recipes and I enjoy the challenge of adopting old favorites to accommodate new diets. 

Not everyone gets super excited about making healthy substitutes though because, let’s be honest, so many of our family traditions revolve around food, and if it tastes "healthy" that's not always a good thing. 

Soggy bread (don't call it "stuffing"), and sugar laden cranberry sauce shaped like the can it was pried from are just depressing.  This year you can and will do better!  Embrace the holidays Paleo style and I promise you won’t miss a thing. 

Sweet Potato Stuffing

Paleo sweet potato stuffing

Stuffing is gross.  This Paleo version is awesome.  Enough said.

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons ghee, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Toss your cubed and peeled sweet potatoes in the melted ghee.  Roast until tender, 25-30 minutes.  In an oven-safe casserole dish, combine your sweet potatoes with the rest of the above ingredients. 

Lower the temperature on your oven to 350 degrees. Put your casserole dish back in the oven for another 20 minutes.  Make sure your walnuts are nice and toasty and that the apples have softened.  The onions should be fragrant and honestly, the whole thing should just smell amazing.

Once everything is cooked through, remove your new and improved “stuffing” from the oven.  Serve with whatever tasty protein you desire and I promise your Thanksgiving guests won’t miss a thing.   

Cranberry Sauce Remixed

Paleo cranberry sauce, yummy!

This cranberry sauce is super legit.  I always forget how delicious it is and I wonder why I do not make it more often.  With only six ingredients, it is easy to whip up on a whim. 

The sauce is awesome with turkey and pork, but it is also incredibly delicious on coconut flour waffles, sweet potatoes and eaten straight from the container with a spoon.  The secret ingredient here is the raspberries.  Fresh or frozen will work just fine, so don’t stress if they aren’t in season.

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients on your stove top in a sauce pan.  Gently heat for 12-15 minutes or until thickened.  Don’t shovel it in your mouth right away, even though that's tempting.  Let it cool first so you don’t burn your tongue. A burnt tongue just ruins everything. 

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Leslie Blood


Paleo mama Leslie B is a regular contributor to the Paleo Treats blog. She is a recipe wizard and has two full time testers ready to taste everything she makes. Leslie lives in Colorado and in between raising her testers (aka little boys) and work manages to find time to run in the mountains and write down her best recipes.

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