We got you through Thanksgiving with a guide to a completely Paleo Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t worry, this guide will help your through the second big Holiday meal of the season, too.
Filled with seasonal recipes like maple roasted walnuts and fried, balsamic-glazed figs for pre-dinner bites, side dishes like loaded baked potatoes and a variety of beautiful roasted meat recipes for the main event, we’ve covered all the bases for a Paleo Christmas feast.
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We’ve even managed to make classic holiday desserts totally Paleo, like gingerbread cookies, frosted and spiced cakes and, of course, hot cocoa to get you through the chilly winter night. From the super simple to the more involved, we’ve broken down recipes to foolproof steps, ensuring your holiday dinner goes smoothly. Happy Holidays!
Recipe: Buttery Cauliflower Hummus
Keep this party-favorite Paleo-friendly by subbing out chickpeas for cauliflower. Steamed cauliflower pureed until smooth, when blended with all the familiar flavors of hummus, creates a decadently creamy spread that no one will stop dipping things into. Bonus: It sort of, kind of looks like snow.
Recipe: Paleo Pancetta Stuffed Mushrooms
Made with fresh mushrooms, savory pancetta and paleo breadcrumbs, these stunning appetizers are surprisingly easy to whip up right before your guests arrive.
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Paleo Meatballs
It’s not a holiday gathering without someone bringing the slow cooker meatballs. This sweet and sour version gets its tang from pineapple.
Recipe: Fried Plums with Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar
Instead of making your sugar plums dance, try frying them. A glaze of caramelized balsamic vinegar gives these fried plums a sophisticated flavor—be sure to sprinkle them with roasted chestnuts!
Recipe: Bacon Date Bites
Bacon-wrapped dates are a quintessential holiday food. If you’re feeling it, try these stuffed with Parmesan cheese for a decadent appetizer.
Recipe: Maple Roasted Walnuts
Walnuts roasting over an open fire—that’s how the song goes, right? Either way, maple roasted walnuts make a perfect seasonal pre-dinner snack.
Recipe: Loaded Baked Potatoes
On the opposite side of the spectrum, loaded baked sweet potatoes (or any variety, as long as they fit into your Paleo diet plan) make an ultra-rich side dish, thanks to a well-spiced blend of ground sausage, bacon and shallots.
Recipe: Grilled Tomato, Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad
Simultaneously bright and decadent, this festive salad deserves a spot at your Christmas dinner table.
Recipe: Roasted Squash and Carrots
A roasted vegetable medley is an obligatory side dish in any Paleo holiday meal. Use whole carrots and roast them to beautiful, oven-caramelized glory.
Recipe: Cherry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is for Thanksgiving. This Christmas, make a bright and tangy cherry sauce to spoon over your main roasted meat dish.
THE MAIN EVENT
Recipe: Perfect Herb Roasted Chicken
What’s Christmas without a beautifully roasted bird on the table? Try our foolproof roasted chicken recipe, loaded with aromatic garlic and lemon and herbs like thyme, rosemary and parsley.
Recipe: Paleo Peking Duck
You know that family that opts for Chinese takeout on Christmas instead of preparing their own meal? With an intensely flavorful bird and super crispy skin, this is better, we promise.
Recipe: Slow Roasted Prime Rib
This gorgeous hunk of meat requires only the prime rib roast and liberally applied sea salt. For those on the autoimmune protocol, this recipe is ideal.
Recipe: Orange Glazed Ham
Slightly sweet, sticky and oh so good, nobody will notice your Christmas ham is entirely Paleo-friendly.
Recipe: Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies
These incredible cookies replicate the holiday favorites without any gluten or dairy. With pinches of cardamom and cloves, they’re perfectly spiced. Be sure to coat them with the Paleo powdered sugar, recipe included.
Recipe: Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
If you prefer spiced cakes over cookies, try this eye-catching spiced bundt cake. An uber-creamy, dairy-free frosting tops the holiday-inspired dessert.
Recipe: Paleo Eggnog Cupcakes
Think nutmeg cake topped with a creamy paleo vanilla frosting. Protip: You’ll want to make extra. These cupcakes won’t last long.
Recipe: Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies
Thanks to its coconut flour base, it’s incredibly easy to make it Paleo. This paleo shortbread recipe is simple and straightforward: If you’d like to make it even more decadent, try drizzling it with dark chocolate.
Recipe: Paleo Hot Chocolate
Wash the big meal down with holiday favorite hot chocolate, complete with Paleo whipped cream. Be sure to use quality cocoa powder for uber-rich chocolatey flavor.