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7 Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Written by Melissa Mitri, MS, RD on November 23, 2021


Cooking for Thanksgiving can be a challenge, especially if you’re following a Paleo diet. Fortunately, there are a boatload of delicious paleo Thanksgiving recipes out there, so that you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner Paleo style.

The Paleo diet, otherwise known as the paleolithic or “caveman” diet, is a way of eating like our ancestors used to prior to traditional farming practices. The Paleo way of eating is heavily focused on whole, unprocessed foods and is lacking in dairy, legumes, grains, added sugars, and processed foods.

Following a Paleo lifestyle may support a healthy weight, help regulate blood sugar, and support your heart. And the good news is that if you are committed to paleo, you can still reap the benefits and enjoy your holiday at the same time.

Whether you are looking for Paleo Thanksgiving dinner recipes, Paleo Thanksgiving sides recipes, or Paleo Thanksgiving dessert recipes, we got you covered.

Here are 7 Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to please the entire family.

Delicious Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a delectable, freshly roasted turkey. This recipe is paleo-approved and includes fresh rosemary as the star of the dish. It’s so incredibly simple and delicious, you won’t even miss the stuffing!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 hours

Serves: 8

2. Creamy Spaghetti Squash

Creamy Spaghetti Squash

This yummy paleo Thanksgiving side or main dish is a wonderful addition to your holiday repertoire. This super simple recipe uses oven-roasted spaghetti squash, plenty of garlic and 2 cut-up CHOMPS jerky sticks of your choice for a savory boost with added protein.

Our delicious CHOMPS jerky is paleo-friendly and packs a flavor punch in this dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 8

3. Orange-Glazed Honey Ham

honey baked ham recipe

If ham is a Thanksgiving favorite in your home, you’re going to love this paleo-approved honey ham recipe. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the oranges and honey and adds a beautiful crust to this main dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Serves: 10

4. Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

green beans with bacon

Minimal prep is required to make this paleo Thanksgiving side or appetizer green bean recipe. Simply roast up fresh or frozen green beans wrapped in partially cooked bacon and brush them in a naturally sweet sauce. Yes, that’s truly all there is to it!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 8

5. Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake

chocolate coconut cake

This delicious chocolate cake is both paleo and keto-friendly. It is made of coconut flour instead of grain-based flour and therefore is also gluten-free. The recipe calls for coconut cream and chocolate chips for added decadence. Enjoy a Thanksgiving treat while still sticking to your paleo lifestyle!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 8

6. Balsamic Beef and Mushroom Salad

Balsamic Beef and Mushroom Salad

This bright and festive salad is the perfect paleo Thanksgiving recipe. This recipe contains only a handful of ingredients but is jam-packed with nutrition and flavor.

It contains a whopping 10 grams of high-quality protein from our CHOMPS original beef sticks, fiber from veggies and chia seeds to keep you full, and a delicious dairy-free dressing.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 6

7. Paleo Apple Pie

easy apple pie recipe

This decadent paleo Thanksgiving dessert is sure to gain the approval of any sweet tooth in your house. This paleo apple pie is made with a dairy-free crust, fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and warm apples that are baked to perfection.

If you want to really splurge, you can enjoy the pie warm with a dollop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream. But the pie is so delicious, you won’t even need it!

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 10

If you want to stay committed to your paleo diet through the holidays, we got you covered. Our Original Beef or Original Turkey jerky fits nicely into many traditional Thanksgiving recipes, and can also be enjoyed as a convenient and nutritious snack while you’re preparing the big meal.

Plus, all of our delicious CHOMPS jerky sticks are Paleo-approved and contain a healthy dose of grass-fed protein. Browse all of our jerky options to stock up for your holidays, Paleo style!

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Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Melissa Mitri, RD Melissa is a health writer with over 12 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She specializes in helping women move away from restrictive habits that lead to vicious yo-yo weight cycles. Melissa enjoys writing about health, nutrition, and fitness with the goal of simplifying complex health topics for the reader. You can find out more about Melissa at