Low Carb Recipes For A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Low Carb Recipes for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Low Carb Recipes for a Traditional Thanksgiving DinnerMany enjoy low carb weight loss or maintain their weight eating a low carb diet, and they don’t want to lose their battle of the bulge during the holidays.

To help you with your  weight watching goals, we are including some low carb diet recipes you can make for the entire family this upcoming holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving dinner.

These are traditional but easy low carb recipes for Thanksgiving that can make your holiday dinner a little less stressful.  You can make it even easier on yourself by making a couple of the items the day before.

And we all know that when it comes to losing weight during the holidays, it always helps to keep life a little easier and to keep our stress levels down!

That said, here are some low carb recipes for a traditional low carb Thanksgiving dinner menu that will help you lose weight instead of being the pudgy pumpkin.

How to Roast a Turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1 Turkey, thawed in refrigerator
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for rubbing
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, full stems including tops, chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Thaw turkey in refrigerator (approximately 5 hours for every pound).
  2. When ready to prepare, remove neck and giblets, and rinse turkey and turkey (including cavity) with water.  Pat dry with a paper towel or napkin.
  3. Rub the lemon juice into the cavity; then rub cavity with some salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. While oven is heating, mix onion, celery, carrots, parsley, rosemary, and thyme, and stuff into turkey’s cavity.
  6. Rub the outside (skin) generously with olive oil.  Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the turkey breast down on a rack in a cooking pan.
  8. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 4 – 4 1/2 hours (for a 8 to 12 pound turkey), 5 – 5 1/2 hours (for a 12 – 16 pound turkey), 6 hours (for a 16 to 20 pound turkey).
  10. Remove aluminum foil the last half hour of baking to brown.
  11. For best results, allow the bird to rest for 30 minutes outside the oven and before slicing and serving to allow juices to absorb fully throughout.

Low Carb Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups frozen cauliflower, cooked in microwave until tender (follow directions on package)
  • 2 cups regular or low fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
  • 8 – 12 crumbled, cooked bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop cooked cauliflower into pieces.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 of the onions, 1/2 of the cheese, 1/2 of the bacon, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in the cauliflower, and beat with a mixer. 
  4. Pour into a baking dish prepared with cooking spray. 
  5. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese, and top with the rest of the crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  7. When done, sprinkle the rest of the scallions (green onions) on top.  
  8. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 or can easily be doubled or tripled with success if cooking for a crown on Thanksgiving Day.

Note:  While you don’t need gravy for this dish, you can always offer some turkey gravy for those who really can’t do without such an extra.  This dish is best as is though, without any gravy on top.

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole Dish

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans green beans, drained, rinsed, and drained again
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Pour green beans into a large bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan, and cook mushrooms, onion, and celery until onions and celery are tender.  Add to green beans.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cream and mayonnaise.  Add to green beans and vegetable mixture.
  4. Add cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic power into large bowl, and stir gently to combine.
  5. Pour into prepared 9 / 13 inch baking dish.
  6. Cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover the last 5 minutes.   

Makes 6 servings and can be multiplied for extended family gatherings.

Sugar Free Cranberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Package Sugar-free Cranberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium apple

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Jello as indicated on the package, and set aside on the counter while completing the other steps here.
  2. Cup walnuts into fine pieces.  Put into the serving bowl you’re going to use.
  3. Chop cranberries in a food processor or chop by hand if you don’t have a processor, and add to walnuts.
  4. Peel and core the apple, and chop in the food processor.  Then add to walnut cranberry mixture.
  5. Pour mixed jello into fruit and nut mixture, and place in the refrigerator to chilled completely.  Remove when ready to serve.

Makes 10 – 12 servings.

Note:  This is a great dish to make the night before!

ALSO:  The cranberry salad recipe here is a nice compliment to the main course and sides.  The red color shows nicely beside the turkey and with the green bean casserole, and it is simple enough to be used as a salad instead of a dessert.

If you would rather have a cranberry dessert recipe, check out Linda’s Low Carb Recipes website which has a great low carb cranberry fluff salad recipe.

 

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Low carb dinner recipes for Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without some pumpkin pie!

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients for pie crust:

  •  1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Ingredients for pie filling:

  • 1 can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Directions for pie crust:

  1. Mix melted butter with almond flour and Splenda.
  2. Press firmly into a 8 inch pie pan, covering bottom and sides, and refrigerate until firm.

Directions for pie filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients in the order given, and blend.
  3. Pour mixture into pie crust in 325 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until pumpkin mixture is baked through.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe note:  You must refrigerate this pie, so you might as well make it the day before and pull it out when you’re ready for it.

Add some sugar free whipped cream if you like when serving.

If you want something a little different, you might also be interested in our low calorie, low carb pumpkin pie protein shake recipe.

Low Carb Drinks and Beverages

Low carb drinks such as unsweetened tea with or without a sugar substitute, diet sodas, flavored sparkling water, or even lemonade flavored Crystal Light work well with this low carb Thanksgiving dinner plan.

Some good hot, low carb beverages for this meal would be pumpkin spice coffee, sugar free hot chocolate, or sugar free apple cider.

You can find sugar free apple cider cups for Keurig coffee makers.  Even Walmart carries sugar free spiced apple cider packets these days.  Both types are really nice when you’re interested in a hot, spicy drink with few to almost no carbs at all.

Here’s to a great Thanksgiving dinner and continued weight loss during the upcoming holiday season!

Low Carb Cookies Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low Carb Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies
Low Carb Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you’re on a low carb diet or just watching your calories and sugar intake as part of a healthy diet, this low carb cookies recipe for chocolate chips is sure to please.

They’re chewy, easy to make, and are definitely a part of diets that work to keep the pounds off.

Not only that, it’s a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that everyone in your family can love!

Make sure you check the label of the chocolate chips before you purchase any though.  If you want low carb cookies, you’ll want to verify the chips are actually low and not just sugar free as some have a slightly higher carb count.

To check the actual count to see where your product stands, see the number listed as total carbohydrates, then subtract any fiber and any sugar substitute number.  That should give you the actual count.

If you are simply interested in sugar free low carb cookies and don’t mind a slightly higher count, then most sugar free chocolate chips will do.

The almond flour in the recipe is another ingredient that is perfect for low carb recipes.

You can make your own almond flour by processing small almonds in a blender or food processor, or you can find it at health food stores or on the organic / healthy section of your grocery store aisle.  It’s also available on Amazon.

If you love low carb cookies recipes but have a real sweet tooth for chocolate, you’re going to love this chocolaty recipe for low carb cookies!

 

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup low carb chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts or pecans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 1/4 stick of butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Mix almond flour, baking soda, chocolate chips, and nuts together in a large bowl.
  2. Add egg, sugar substitute, and melted butter, and mix until creamed.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray; then form cookie dough into balls and place on the cooking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies set on the sheet for 10 more minutes to set before moving.

Makes 16 low carb chocolate chip cookies.

With a low carb cookies recipe like this, who needs sugar again!

Low Carb Protein Shake Recipes – Healthy Drinks for On the Go

Low Carb Protein Shake Recipes

If you’re on a low carb diet or just want to keep your family’s or your sugar intake down, these low carb protein shake recipes will make your day!

Low Carb Protein Shake Recipes

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You can use these as a low carb breakfast, as meal replacement shakes for any meal of the day, or for healthy snacks that will help you eat right and lose weight even though you’re craving something sweet.

Whatever way you use them, protein shake recipes are great healthy drinks that are filling, satisfying, and are a part of diets that work for moms and dads everywhere.

The fact that these are low carb makes them just that much “sweeter”.

Each of our recipes below makes enough for one regular sized serving.

 

 

 

The Low Carb Tropical Delight

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pineapple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana flavoring
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 package Truvia, Splenda, or other sugar substitute
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla Whey Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package Truvia, Splenda, or other
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

Directions:

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

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Did you know that there are many protein shake recipes for kids?

When your kids are on the run or just don’t have much time to sit around for a large, healthy breakfast or afternoon snack, why not offer a low sugar, low carb protein shake recipe!

Besides the low carb shakes above, here’s another one that your children might just love sipping!

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Low Carb Strawberry Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar free strawberry jello powder
  • 1 package Truvia, Splenda, or other
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Now this next one should probably be reserved for just mom and dad or for those times when you spending a few minutes with a friend and want to serve up a wonderful low carb snack for the two of you.

Easy protein shake recipes like this next one are great when you’re just chillin’ and chattin’!

 

Low Carb Mocha Protein Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 package Truvia, Splenda, or other
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee

Directions:

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Is is OK for my child to have a low carb protein shake?

Yes!  There are many protein shake recipes that are sugar free, gluten free, and great for your kids!

They are family friendly!

While you don’t want to give your child the same protein shake intake as a body builder, protein is an important part of any child’s diet, and healthy protein shake recipes are easy and fun drinks that your kids will love!

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Make sure any protein powder you purchase has low carbs itself by checking the label to verify it has no sugars added!

A low carb shake recipe with sugar in the powder won’t do much good at keeping your sugar intake down!

Given you purchase the best protein powder available, any of the low carb protein shake recipes here can become a welcome addition to your recipe collection!

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