Options for Paleo recipes for the holidays can seem like a challenge at times.

Because a lot of “traditional” holiday favorites feature non-Paleo ingredients such as heavy cream, canned soups, cheese and sweetened sauces, it takes a little effort to scour the internet for delicious, Paleo friendly recipes.

Luckily for you though, we put together a list of 21 Tasty Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes just in case you are looking for some extra healthy recipes to add to your menu. This roundup is packed full of the yummiest Paleo Thanksgiving recipes! 

Whether you are looking for an appetizer, a main dish, a vegetable side or a pumpkin dessert to add to your Thanksgiving menu, we’ve got you covered! And the best part? All of these recipes are Paleo and some are even Whole30, too! Let’s get right to it…

21 Tasty Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

The Appetizers

1. Sausage & Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms w/Sage (Whole30)

Sausage and cranberry stuffed mushroom on a table

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2. Bacon Wrapped Steak Bites (Whole30)

A pile of bacon wrapped steak bites speared with toothpicks

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3. Bacon Deviled Eggs (Whole30)

Bacon deviled eggs on a white plate

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The Main Dishes

4. Rosemary Roasted Turkey (Whole30)

Sliced turkey with rosemary on a white plate

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5. Smoked Turkey

Sliced smoked turkey on a white plate with sage leaves

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6. Orange Glazed Ham (Whole30)

Orange glazed ham in a roasting pan

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The Side Dishes

7. Apple Walnut Spinach Salad

Apple walnut and spinach salad in a bowl

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8. Roasted Butternut Stuffing w/Sausage, Apples & Cranberries (Whole30)

Butternut squash stuffing in a skillet with a spoon

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9. Paleo Whole30 Mashed Potatoes (Whole30)

Whole30 mashed potatoes in a bowl

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10. Perfect Roasted Veggies (Whole30)

Roasted carrots, onion and brussels in a bowl

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen via lexiscleankitchen.com

11. Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl

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12. Paleo Whole30 Green Bean Casserole (Whole30)

Green bean casserole with bacon on top in a casserole dish

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13. Turmeric Maple Roasted Beets & Carrots

Roasted beets and carrots on a sheet pan

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14. Loaded Mashed Cauliflower (Whole30)

Loaded mashed cauliflower with butter and bacon on top in a bowl

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15. Easy Paleo Biscuits

Paleo biscuits on a table

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16. Thanksgiving Yams

Mashed yams in a bowl with orange wedge garnish

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17. Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecan Topping (Whole30)

Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

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The Desserts

18. Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Paleo pumpkin bars on a tray

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19. One-Bowl Double Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownies

Stack of two paleo brownies

Cotter Crunch via cottercrunch.com

20. Classic Apple Pie

Slice of paleo apple pie

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21. Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Apple cinnamon cookies on a marble table

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20 Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes: Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

This Keto + low carb loaded mashed cauliflower goes with all the proteins and it's perfect for picky eaters and get family gatherings! Plus, check out 20 other Paleo Thanksgiving recipes and Whole30 options too.


  • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
  • 8 pieces bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp ghee, (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Optional topping:

  • Chopped fresh chives
  • Additional shredded cheese


  • Cut the cauliflower into medium sized florets and place them into a pot. Fill the pot with water to cover the florets. Place the pot on the stove and cover, turn heat on high and bring the water to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil, boil, covered for 15 minutes, or until the florets are very soft.
  • While the cauliflower is cooking, dice bacon and place it in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • While the bacon is cooking, shred the cheese and prepare the seasoning mix by adding all of the seasoning ingredients to a small bowl or jar and mixing well. 
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, dump it in a colander to drain. 
  • Add the cauliflower back into the pot and mash with a potato masher (SEE RECIPE NOTE 1). Keep the heat on low to help evaporate any water. 
  • Add in the ghee, seasoning mix, bacon and cheese. Mix well to incorporate. Serve topped with optional toppings as desired. (SEE RECIPE NOTES 2 & 3)

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Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include optional toppings for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here
RECIPE NOTE 1: If you are looking for a fine “mashed potato” consistency, transfer the cauliflower to a food processor with the S blade and process until smooth (you may need to do this in batches). Then, transfer the pureed cauliflower back into the pot. 
RECIPE NOTE 2:  If you want a cheesy top layer, you can transfer the cauli mash to a casserole dish and top with extra shredded cheese. Place in the oven under the broil setting to melt the top layer of cheese and serve. 
RECIPE NOTE 3: This dish can be prepared in advance and reheated. Just complete all of the steps, transfer to a casserole dish, cover and refrigerate. Cook covered at 350° Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until warmed through. 
Calories: 247kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Fiber: 3g
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