October 30, 2022

Gut-healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Enjoy an Eat Burn Sleep Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone! Here’s your inflammation-reducing (rather than inducing) Thanksgiving Menu to make planning one of the season’s festivities easier since everyone can eat these recipes.

It’s grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, indigestion-free, and guilt-free!

These anti-inflammatory Thanksgiving recipes are delicious and indulgent (without the symptoms of overindulgence). I can’t tell you how often I have been told that the pecan pie is more delicious than the classic recipe.

I have included two different options than the traditional turkey (which I presume you already know how you like roasted and stuffed, and your gravy recipe is under your belt, using the juices). Members can check the food lists and adapt. Ensure you use anti-inflammatory ingredients so you don’t undo the good work.

Also, turkey gets Eat Burn Sleep approval since the combination of B vitamins, selenium, and tryptophan balances blood sugar levels, avoiding hypoglycemia. Which also boosts mental well-being and calms nerves.

Turkey also has an immune-enhancing effect and aids efficient thyroid functions, as well as combatting oxidative stress caused by free radicals. (The darker meat contains more iron, zinc, and B vitamins).

If you have any vegans/vegetarians among your guests, they will be delighted to know that they have a delicious main, two starters, three sides, and three/six desserts to choose from.

Each dish contains nutrients that are off the charts, promoting good gut health, immune health, and ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters. Most can be made ahead of time. I have starred the ones that can be.

I haven’t forgotten the traditional cranberry sauce. It’s just healthier than the classic recipe (and super tasty). There’s also a recipe for easily digestible bread rolls since many people love some bread on the table at Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving menu that your body will thank you for!

Thanksgiving Starters:

Delicious and nourishing soup and salad with beneficial nutrients!

No ingredients to irritate your system. Just to soothe and heal your body and reduce inflammation.

Roasted Butternut Soup in a blue bowl

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup*

A bowl of salad with tomatoes, quinoa, butternut squash and other vegetables in a pink and cream bowl

Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad*

These tasty bread rolls deliver an array of benefits to the mind and body.

A tray of nutritious looking bread rolls made with an anti-inflammatory recipe.

Bread Rolls*

Thanksgiving Mains:

Although it’s tradition, you may want to swap the turkey for something different that doesn’t take as long but is still spectacular.

Equally, as fun to carve table side is a little chicken, perfect for a smaller crowd, or a rack of lamb for a larger crowd.

A tray of poussin coated in sumac.

Sumac Poussin*

Rack of Lamb with Basil and Mint*

Delight everyone with the vegan/vegetarian option, which is a beautiful, festive-looking dish.

Eggplants halved, filled with tahini dressing with pomegranate seeds and chopped coriander on top on a plate

Eggplant & Tahini Truffle Dressing

Thanksgiving Sides:

Pure, unadulterated sweet potato mash is just so amazing, as is the roasted potatoes with herbs.

The Brussels sprouts dish is a beautiful combination of flavors that will go with any of the mains.

I have included a lovely spice-roasted vegetable medley, which I think is so addictive.

A bowl of sweet potato mash with green herbs on top.

Sweet Potato Mash*


A tray of sweet potatoes with other anti-cancer ingredients.

Sweet Potatoes With Rosemary and Sage*

Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta and Sage*

Vegetables roasted on a tray with spices - a recipe to reduce chronic inflammation.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Healthy Cranberry Sauce*

Thanksgiving Desserts:

Making room for desserts is easier because you won’t feel the bloat that can happen at this stage of a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.

I had to include so many, so there’s something for everyone. All are firm favorites in our household! My boys enjoy helping me make them, too.

Pumpkin Pie

Sea Salt & Chocolate Brownies* 

Pecan Pie - Anti-inflammatory Recipe

Pecan Pie*

Cacoa dusted chocolate cake

Chocolate Soft Cake*

Gut-friendly apple and cinnamon cake recipe

Apple & Cinnamon Cake*

Caramelized Apple & Cinnamon Crumble*

Make some sugar-free lemonade for the table. Or have the kids make it!

Wherever you are when you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day full of blessings. Do check the posts: Gut-friendly Festive Recipes, Best Appetizers To Suit Everyone, & 5 Acid Reflux-friendly Desserts.

Having a social gathering, eating digestive-friendly foods, and being thankful for what is good in your life all aid in longevity.

Thankfulness cultivates positivity and promotes contentment, which further supports good gut health, immune health, and ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters.

Which makes for an even happier Thanksgiving, a beautiful time to be enjoyed!

With love and gratitude.


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