Staying on Track: Low Carb Thanksgiving

Twelve weeks into my journey and I have no desire to cheat or have a cheat day. Thanksgiving is a huge eating holiday where you get together and get stuffed. The old me would have a cheat day because it's the holidays. Then the cheat day would continue because I had to eat the leftovers. Then with the thoughts of Christmas dinner coming I would always talk myself into starting again on January 1. That's not going to happen to me this year.

This way of eating has really been easy for me because of the foods we can eat. There are so many alternative recipes to carby foods so I never feel like I am missing out. To keep my Thanksgiving low carb & keto I am going to be eating the following recipes.

Chipotle Crispy Skinned Pernil: Being Puerto Rican we usually have a pernil with every big family get together. With the pork being fattier than turkey it is a perfect substitute for the main protein. I love how I spiced it up with chipotle and the crispy skin really gives it decadence.

Low Carb Sour Cream and Chive Mash: Mashed potatoes has always been my husband and I's favorite side dish. I am so glad that by steaming cauliflower and adding some cream, sour cream, butter and cream cheese to it, it tastes just like mashed potatoes. My secret is to squeeze out all of the water using a ricer and putting it into my Ninja blender. This makes my mash super smooth and creamy.

Low Carb Baked "Mac" n Cheese: A Puerto Rican Thanksgiving would always be arroz con gandules (rice) and potato salad. Since rice is a no-go in a low carb way of eating I decided to substitute it with my "mac" and cheese. It has all of the taste of a mac and cheese without the carbs and heaviness of pasta.

Screaming Heads: Brussels Sprouts Gratin: I saw this recipe on the Food Network years ago and have been making it for Thanksgiving ever since. I will be making this recipe without the flour and substituting a little bit of xanthan gum as the thickener.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake: I love cheesecake and I love pumpkin pie so what a perfect way to have them both. This pie looks so rich and decadent that I know I will only need a little sliver of it.

Do you stay on plan when you are celebrating the Holidays? 


  1. The friends I will be having Thanksgiving dinner with also watch the carbs--but although I think I would love to try the mashed cauliflower--mashed potatoes it will be--just a smaller portion!

  2. Thanks for the great collection of low carb meals. I'm going to try to do better this year with my choices, but I can't guarantee I'll stay away from the pie.

  3. That sounds like a great plan. I try to stay on track by using the tablespoon rule. I can eat all of the sides that I adore, but no more than a tablespoon of each. I also make sure I bring a dish to share that is a healthy option.

  4. This sounds like a delicious spread! You'll save a ton with the cauliflower mash especially - now I want to add that to my meal too.

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