Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Here are some tried and true recipes you can use for Thanksgiving. I've made them all several times for various occasions. All are gluten free and Paleo. These are taken from The Garden of Eating by Rachel Albert-Matesz. 


Apple - Apricot Compote

Prep Time: 20 mins                             Cooking: 30 minutes                          Yield: 8 servings

1/2 cup filtered water
1/3 cup unsulphurated raisins
1/3 cup unsulphurated Turkish (or regular) dried apricots
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 medium or 6 large tart or tart-sweet apples (gala, granny smith, fuji, braeburn)
½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

Add water to barley, cover 3-4 quart pot. Add raisins, apricots and spices. Wash and core apples, peel. Cut into thin half moon slices and add to pot.
Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender and sauce like, 20-30 mins.
Uncover and stir gently. If watery, remove lid and cook away moisture. Simmer and stir to thicken.
Add toasted walnuts to top off each serving.

Toasting Nuts

Place nuts on cookie sheet and bake in preheated 380 degree oven for 10-12 mins. This will give them a very sweet taste.

Herbed Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 mins.                                               Cook Time: 15-20 mins.                     Yield: 24 Meatballs, 6 servings

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats aka oatmeal
¼ cup almond, soy, cow or goat milk
1 medium to large egg
1 ½ teaspoons dried herbs or 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs ( Italian blend, sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil or combo)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ to ½ teaspoon ground chipotle or black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
¼ cup minced fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
½  to 1 teaspoon finely ground, unrefined sea salt or 1 to 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
½ cup minced onion
1 to 1 ¼ pounds of 90-96% lean ground beef, turkey or lamb

In a medium bowl combine oats and milk, eggs, herbs, cumin, red/black pepper, garlic, parsley, salt or tamari sauce, and onion.
Crumble meat into bowl with these ingredients. Mix with hands, pulling mixture apart rather than squeezing and packing to evenly distribute seasoning.
Bake meatballs on parchment lined baking sheet, or baking sheet lightly coated with coconut oil, in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 mins. Shake pan occasionally, until done.

Silver Dollar Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 30 mins.                                           Cooking: 25-30 mins.                         Yield: 6 servings

2 tablespoons melted, unrefined coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground rosemary
4 large or 6 medium sweet potatoes: Jersey sweets, white sweet potatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse and scrub potatoes. Pat dry. Remove rough sections and any soft or black spots. Peel. Cut into 1/3 inch thick rounds for chip like texture or ½ inch thick rounds for softer, french fry like texture.
In a bowl, using bare hands, mix potatoes with oil. Then add and evenly mix rosemary onto potatoes. Arrange on 2 large cookie sheets or shallow baking pans.
Bake 15-20 minutes on one side. Then flip and bake on other side for 15-20 mins, until tender.


Sweet potato fries: Change seasoning to cinnamon instead of rosemary. Use Red garnet or orange sweet potatoes instead. Cut potatoes into slices (think french fries), add oil and sliced potatoes. Coat evenly. Add cinnamon and coat potatoes.

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