Thanksgiving preparation is hard enough. Add in dietary restrictions; the level of complications keeps rising.
Holiday dinners can be stressful on their own without having to cook duplicate dishes, one regular and one low carb.
Throw that thought in the trash now. Instead, make delicious recipes that you and your non-keto guests will love.
We’ve compiled some great ideas ranging from intriguing appetizers to tasty sides. And we even added an outstanding turkey main course. Dive in. Check out how you can throw an unforgettable, keto-friendly, tasty Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Mayo Dip
Image: By Savory Tooth
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Then you’ll want to make sure you have delicious appetizers lined up for your dinner guests. Appetizers are great for fueling your guests while the turkey is being finished up in the oven.
If you need delicious keto-approved appetizers, you need to try this recipe. It's a plate of bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts. Tender Brussels sprouts wrapped with crispy bacon is divine on its own. But this keto recipe pairs that with a balsamic mayo dip.
Even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you bound to love these. It's my all-time favorite keto Thanksgiving side dish recipe you can serve to anyone. And that's keto dieters and non-dieters all together.
2. Instant Pot Low-Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup
Soups are awesome because it’s an easy meal to throw together that is often budget-friendly. And it can feed a large group of people. If you are hosting a large Thanksgiving feast, try making this keto soup. This low-carb unstuffed cabbage roll soup for Thanksgiving is holiday-inspired without being conventional.
You can serve it as an appetizer or have it be part of the main course, whichever way you present it, it’ll be delicious.
First of all, this soup is created in the Instant Pot. It simply means it is incredibly easy and quick to throw together, without taking up any space in the oven. Secondly, the flavors are warm and exciting, and no one will even know it follows the keto diet!
3. Low-Carb Keto Tuna Pickles Boats
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Tuna pickle boats are one of the most popular keto recipes and for a good reason!
These delicious boats are so easy to make, and they are keto-approved. The appetizer menu is all about providing variety for all your guests. After all, we’re trying to satisfy multiple palates here!
This appetizer begins by halving dill pickles followed by scooping out the seeds.
It's to create the perfect space to fill with tuna. Further, for the tuna mixture, you’ll want to mix tuna with light mayo, dill, and salt and pepper. This appetizer is light and delicious. It'd accompany your holiday keto cocktails well. Even if you are opt-out alcohol, it would still be a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Keto Cornbread Stuffing
If you love keeping meals traditional, then this recipe is a must. If you are traditional, you simply cannot forget stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe is not only low carb but insanely easy to make too.
You won’t miss your beloved quick and easy box variety either, and non-keto dieters will love it. In this stuffing, you can expect to find keto bread, celery, and leeks. Add in loads of seasonings, this keto stuffing really comes to life.
5. Creamy Cauliflower Mash & Keto Gravy
For me, there couldn’t be Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. While it’s quite clear that potatoes are a big no-no on the keto diet, you can work around it to make it happen.
And this creamy cauliflower mash dish is certainly the one to take the place and totally allowed on keto.
When cooked, cauliflower can mash up to a fairly similar texture as mashed potatoes. By adding butter, garlic, and rosemary, you won’t even notice this dish is starch-free.
Let alone starring cauliflower as the main ingredient.
Recipe from Keto Connect
6. Loaded Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
If you want to take your mashed cauliflower one step further, then look no further. This loaded mashed cauliflower is the one to add to your side dish menu.
You’ll take the same approach as the previous recipe when cooking the cauliflower. But once finished, the seasonings will be slightly different.
Throw everything in a food processor and let it do the mashing for you. Butter and sour cream will be added to help achieve the perfect creamy texture. Lastly, the best part about this side dish is the loaded toppings. Some of these include bacon pieces, green onions, and loads of shredded cheese.
7. Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
Along with other classics, green bean casserole is often a crowd-pleaser. It’s an easy way to mask a healthy ingredient with other delicious flavors to please the pickiest of eaters.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is xanthan gum. It is used as a thickening agent that will be used in the mushroom and onion gravy. Further, this casserole dish gets an easy makeover with a new topping. Instead of frying onions, add a crunchy bite with crushed pork rinds! Your friends and family will love this version of a green bean casserole from Low Carb Maven.
The best part is, they won’t even know it’s meant for the keto diet!
8. Keto Dinner Rolls
Almost every big meal I’ve attended has some delicious soft dinner rolls; they are delicious! Don’t set yourself up for failure and host a bread-less feast. Instead, make these keto-approved dinner rolls for Thanksgiving.
These dinner rolls remain low carb thanks to coconut flour. Along with that, you’ll only need a few other ingredients and 10 minutes to prep. To finish, bake them in the oven for a delicious keto-approved dinner roll.
9. Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
It may be obvious that turkey is allowed and encouraged on the keto diet. If you want your turkey to stand out from the rest, then you need this bacon turkey recipe. Check out how to perfectly wrap your turkey in a bacon weave.
Not only is this keto-friendly, but you‘ll also be wowing your guests with an unforgettable dinner. This recipe will walk you through the whole process on how to make the bacon-wrapped turkey.
One of the secrets is to create butter “glue” that will help hold the bacon in place.
10. No-Sugar Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is normally packed with sugar. This is because cranberries are so tart by themselves. Maya has perfected this cranberry sauce using a keto-friendly sweetener.
This means this sweet and tart cranberry sauce is completely sugar-free.
The key to this delicious sauce is some secret ingredients. They make this sauce truly a home run.
12. Herb Butter 4 Ways
While you could use any butter on keto, why not live a little and try some herb butter for your dinner rolls?
Variety is the spice of life after all, and your guests will love having some options.
13. Sweet Potato Casserole
If you’re craving some good old fashioned comfort food, this hearty dish does the trick. It's called sweet potato casserole, but since this is a keto round-up, we are potato-free. Check out what the sub is in this recipe and be ready to wow the guests.
Top your “sweet potatoes” off with their cinnamon and pecan syrup recipe. This casserole embodies everything lovely about fall.
14. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
We’ve all seen tons of recipes for bacon-wrapped asparagus on keto. That’s why I was so excited to see this prosciutto recipe! This recipe is so easy and quick, a must-try for sure.
And by using prosciutto instead of salami or bacon, you are leveling up this classic dish. It adds a bit of elegance, sophistication, and a tad more fun to this expect the unexpected dish.
15. Healthy Cauliflower Rice Broccoli Casserole
Casseroles are awesome because it’s an easy way to feed a crowd. It is why you’ll want to include it on your side dish menu for Thanksgiving.
To ensure this side dish remains low carb, instead of rice, you’ll use cauliflower rice. To complement the cauliflower, you’ll want to add in broccoli florets, carrots, and loads of cheese. And last but not least, add in the delicious seasonings that make this dish a party fav.
It's truly a crave-worthy and keto-friendly recipe everyone will love.