Keto Thanksgiving Recipes to Help You Navigate the Holiday Menu
These keto Thanksgiving recipes will ensure that you have a full plate of low-carb, high-fat foods…and a full belly to go with it.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
First things first: Nothing (no diet or resolution plans for the coming year) should stop you from eating all…the…food on Thanksgiving. But, we get it. When you've been working so hard, or have even just started to dabble in a different eating style or habit, hitting the pause button (and potentially going overboard) can seem like a setback rather than just one seriously satisfying meal.
This rings especially true for anyone who has been following the keto diet, which relies on maintaining ketosis—a state where your body has been trained to burn fat for fuel first, instead of carbs. And getting to that point does take some serious training time and effort. Carbs are typically the body's first source of energy, so significantly restricting them while also doubling up on healthy fats takes some real commitment and meal planning.
This is all to say, if you want to dig in at Thanksgiving without jolting your body out of ketosis, we've got you covered. Here, a complete Thanksgiving menu from all your favorite side dishes to dessert filled with delicious keto Thanksgiving recipes. (Looking for vegan Thanksgiving recipes? We've got those, too.)
Creamed Rainbow Chard
Creamed greens might not be all that "new," but this keto Thanksgiving recipe version is something you likely haven't tried before. Rainbow chard brings color and texture to this cheesy side dish. And make no mistake, this recipe is filled with cheese: both cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. It's warm and gooey—and does anything else matter?
Get the recipe: Creamed Rainbow Chard
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Walnuts, and Orange
Sautéed on the stove to get those nice crispy edges, this keto Thanksgiving recipe is a flavor bomb thanks to unexpected ingredients such as Granny Smith apple (a keto-approved fruit!), cardamom, and orange zest. Oh, and did we mention there's pancetta involved?
Get the recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Walnuts, and Orange
Herbed Turnip Mashed "Potatoes"
These might look like mashed potatoes (with a lovely sprinkling of bacon and scallions on top, no less), but there's actually a different root vegetable underneath there: turnips. This keto-approved option has the texture you'd expect from traditional mashed potatoes, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything this Thanksgiving.
Get the recipe: Herbed Turnip Mashed "Potatoes"
Lemon-Thyme Roasted Turkey Legs with Almond Butter Gravy
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey, but if you want to get the most out of the keto offerings this holiday, choose dark meat, which has a higher fat content. These tender, roasted turkey legs are juicy on their own, but brush a ghee mixture with thyme, garlic, and lemon underneath its crispy skin, and now you've got a "leg up" on the cooking competition. Top the whole thing off with a uniquely flavored gravy made with almond butter!
Get the recipe: Lemon-Thyme Roasted Turkey Legs with Almond Butter Gravy
Keto Sausage Stuffing
Don't give up on this bread-centered fan-favorite Thanksgiving recipe just yet. You can have stuffing on the keto diet—just choose your ingredients wisely. Pork sausage adds bulk to this baked stuffing, and riced cauliflower works as a binder to give you that filling satisfaction, without the carb coma.
Get the recipe: Keto Sausage Stuffing
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
What do you get when you combine pumpkin pie with creamy cheesecake? A keto Thanksgiving dessert recipe like no other. Sure, the calories and fat are a bit high (it is keto, after all), but it's Thanksgiving. If traditional pumpkin pie is out, this is the tastiest consolation prize ever.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake