Keto Thanksgiving: Eat This, Not That

As you know, I have been following the Keto lifestyle for almost two years now. I’ve been through Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, summer BBQ’s and other get togethers where food is the center of everything, and I’ve survived and never felt deprived at all. I know when you start looking at this lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information and the idea of not eating sugar, is a scary one. I get it. However, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be scary and you can have a very yummy Keto Thanksgiving!

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First things first, the turkey. One of our favorite ways to make the Thanksgiving turkey is beer-can style. While I don’t think the carbs from the beer really get on the turkey, I don’t know that for sure, so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. The way I make my turkey for my Keto Thanksgiving is to use my favorite seasonings (garlic for sure) and butter. I take the butter and put little pats of it under the skin of the turkey. Putting stuffing in the turkey is not something I am a fan of. Instead I take onions, other vegetables I have on hand, and sometimes a lemon and put it in the cavity of the turkey, making sure to tie the legs together to keep them inside.


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 When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of stuffing. While traditional stuffing is not Keto friendly, my delicious, grain-free alternative to stuffing is perfect. In fact, I served it a couple years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving and it was a favorite among everyone there. I had zero leftovers of my Keto friendly alternative and half a bowl of the traditional stuffing I made. Just look at it…doesn’t it look delicious?

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Since the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving day, my family will be coming over early to watch the game before we eat dinner. So having Keto friendly appetizers are a must. Besides a veggie platter, a couple other ideas that are totally quick and easy to make are:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Not everyone that attends your Thanksgiving dinner will be following the Keto lifestyle. Since you are the one hosting, you can make everything Keto friendly and ask others to bring the non-Keto staples (like stuffing and mashed potatoes)…or just have the Keto friendly dishes and call it a day. Some Keto Thanksgiving side dishes you could make are:

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Pecan Green Beans

Creamed Spinach

Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Roasted Spicy Broccoli

When it comes to dessert, typically someone offers to bring a pie. I’m not a huge pie person so Thanksgiving dessert is not something I care too much about. However, here are a few Keto friendly desserts that will surely make your mouth water on Thanksgiving day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pots de Crème

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions about what to eat on Thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I am happy to help! Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. When I think keto Thanksgiving, I think about what I’ll have to give up. BUT… This sounds amazing! There’s so much flavor!

  2. Oh, yum! That grain-free stuffing alternative looks amazing! That’s a great side to pair with turkey. Om nom nom.

  3. Bacon jalapeno poppers sound so amazing! I have to make sure that I have plenty of these on hand for my guests!

  4. Thank you for all of the healthy recipes! I really do not see why it is so hard to eliminate sugar with exception of the way it is added to almost everything these days, even MILK! However, there are always healthy non-sugar added alternatives. I just love how successful you have been on your keto diet!

  5. I’ve never tried the Keto diet before but I’ve heard so much about it. It’s definitely nice to have a menu planned out especially when you’re following a specific diet! This is awesome.

  6. Thats great you have been able to stick with your Keto diet, and through so many holidays. These are great ideas, whether or not you are on a Keto diet. I have to start planning my Thanksgiving meals!

  7. I think this is great. I tried to do the Keto diet once but I couldn’t think of anything else to make and it became hard for me. I need to get back on it and give it a go again.

  8. Great ideas for a healthier thanksgiving! I love the side tips.

  9. I actually always take off for the holidays when it comes to eating healthy. I figure they only come once a year.

  10. This is amazing! I know a lot of people on the Keto diet and I am sure that they would love this. Sharing!

  11. Yum! The Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers sounds SO good!! I am totally looking forward to Thanksgiving with my family and you better believe I’m bookmarking these recipes for later!

  12. wow, good for you for sticking with your keto diet. I heard a few people tried it but failed to continue. I would love to try some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Leigh Borders says

    I have been reading a lot lately about this diet. It is definitely something I’m looking into. Happy to hear that there are things you can enjoy this Thanksgiving on this diet.

  14. I am super confused in regards to Keto and Gluten Free Diets, are they both doctor prescribed? And how do they test to find out that you need to be on one or the other?

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