thanksgiving menu

Here is a semi-traditional collection of foods to add to your Thanksgiving table. Most are steady go-tos and some are just different enough to add interest during a time of strict tradition without flying in anyone's face. All of these recipes are paleo and follow the specific carbohydrate diet guidelines.

seekthewelfare // thanksgiving spread

Main Dish

Slow cooker chicken with gravy


Side Dishes

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Herb Crackers

Handmade Jello


Ridiculously easy chocolate pumpkin pie

find the recipes below

seekthewelfare // fresh cranberry relish

my mother's recipe


one orange

cut off stem ends, slice small, and buzz through a food processor or blender until it is finely chopped

one apple

core, chop small, and stir into the orange

one 16 oz bag fresh cranberries

buzz through a food processor or blender until it is finely chopped. stir into the relish.

store overnight and enjoy!

adapted from "The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook" by Elana Amsterdam


preheat oven to 350 F set aside a large baking sheet cut two pieces of parchment to the size of the baking sheets

1 3/4 c blanched almond flour1/2 t sea salt1 T finely chopped fresh rosemary1 T finely chopped fresh thyme

combine in a large bowl

1 T olive oil1 large egg

add to dry and stir until thoroughly combined

place dough between your two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/16 inch thickness.  remove the top piece of parchment paper. transfer the bottom piece with the dough on it to a baking sheet

cut the dough into 2 inch squares

bake 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden. let cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes, then store or serve.

seekthewelfare // jello foam

recipe from makes 1 quart 


1/2 c 100% fruit juice 2 T gelatin (two packets)

place in a jar and shake until the mixture starts to thicken

1/2 c just boiled water

pour into the jar and shake until the gelatin is dissolved

3 c 100% fruit juice

pour in and shake well to combine

For bars: pour into a standard loaf pan, greased or lined with parchment paper. Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours to firm.

For scoops: simply place the jar in the fridge to chill. A double of this recipe makes exactly a quart which is absolutely perfect for a quart mason jar.

stir in some fresh cranberry relish before it sets and you've got a beautiful and delicious side dish.

slow cooker chicken with gravy | seekthewelfare

from Nom Nom Paleo


3 large leeks, white parts only, chopped medium 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled


2 T ghee or fat of choice

melt in a large skillet over medium heat and add leeks and garlic. cook until fragrant, about 10 minutes.

1 t tomato paste (or tomato sauce)

add and stir to incorporate. season with salt and pepper. cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

1/2 c chicken stock

deglaze the pan with the broth and transfer vegetables to a slow cooker.

4-5 lb whole chicken

pat dry and season both inside and out with salt, pepper, and the poultry seasoning of your choice. place breast side down over the vegetables.

cook on low 4-6 hours.

transfer the chicken to a platter, tent with foil, and let rest 20 minutes.

blend the vegetables and broth to puree and you've got your gravy.

serve and enjoy.

seekthewelfare // chocolate pumpkin pie

recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie makes one 8-in pie


2 T cocoa powder
1/2 c raw cashews (or almonds, walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
1/2 c shredded coconut
1/8 t saltscant
1/2 c pitted dates

stir together and process in a food processor or blender until moist.

transfer to 8-in pie dish and smush into pan.

12 T cocoa powder4 T coconut oil, melted

stir together

15 oz (1 can) pureed pumpkin1 t vanilla1-2 t cocoa powder1/4 t salt1/2 c honey

Combine all ingredients and blend in a food processor until silky. Pour into pie crust and fridge until chilled.

Serve and enjoy!