The holidays can be a time of guilt for going off program. But not only can you stay on keto, you can make food so delicious that you won’t miss the carb-loaded sides and sauces.
Turkey: A Thanksgiving staple and totally fine for keto. Turkey is very low fat so you will need to keto it up by basting it in lots of butter during the roasting process.
Roasted Duck: A high-fat protein and great alternative to turkey. This has become a tradition in our home.
Spiral ham : Make sure you read the ingredients and find one that is sugar-free. I love studding the ham with whole cloves and rubbing the outside with whole grain mustard.
Prime rib: Delicious and crowd-pleasing. You really can’t go wrong with this option.
Creamed Spinach: So satisfying and so easy to sauté up with a little cream cheese and heavy cream. Add some garlic and parm for extra flavor.
Bacon Brussels sprouts: Roast these in the oven or sauté on the stovetop. Add some shredded cheddar for added fat and yumminess.
Mashed Cauliflower: All you need is cauliflower florets, butter and heavy cream to make a mashed potato substitute. Microwave for 10 minutes and mash. Done!
Bacon Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Sub out cauliflower for pasta for a fab side dish.
Stuffed Mushrooms: options for stuffing include parm/crushed pork rinds or sausage/herbs.
Jalapeno poppers: wrap the peppers in bacon or just top them with bacon bits. Definitely find a way to incorporate bacon.
Gravy: Keep your gravy low carb by subbing out a pinch of xanthan gum instead of flour.
Cranberry sauce: use a sugar sub like swerve and orange zest to keep the sugar count low.
Make a low carb chocolate mousse by whipping up some heavy cream with a sugar substitute. Freeze for 4 hours for a yummy keto ice cream.
These are just a few ideas and I hope it helps to motivate you to keep your holiday ketogenic and be grateful you stayed on program and still had a fantastic meal.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!