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Thanksgiving is one of the best food days of the year. It’s hard to beat the platters of turkey, gravy, pie, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Plus, it’s a fun time to gather around with family and friends and express gratitude. Although enjoying yourself for one day won’t wreck your diet, Thanksgiving can be hard to maneuver if you’re on the high-fat keto diet.
That’s because traditionally high-carb foods like mashed potatoes, pie, sweet potatoes, and stuffing can knock you out of ketosis, or fat-burning mode. If you don’t want to take a day off, it’s possible to whip up keto-friendly Thanksgiving dishes.
Need inspiration? Try these ideas that will satisfy your tastebuds and your lifestyle.
Air Fryer Asparagus
Clean and simple, asparagus is a healthy and festive side to go with heavier Thanksgiving day foods. This air fryer recipe from Wholesomelicious has good fats from ghee and coconut aminos to work well for the keto diet.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Tomatoes
Talk about a meaty Thanksgiving dish, this turkey from Ketogasm is wrapped in bacon for a feast for any carnivore out there. The one pot dish contains just three grams of net carbs, along with great protein and fat to fill you up. It’ll cook for about six hours, but you don’t need to do much—just put it in and wait.
Low Carb Candied Yams With Marshmallows
Yams with marshmallows are a Thanksgiving staple, but the whole side dish is super high in carbs and sugar. Luckily, this makeover from Keto Diet App has all the sweet flavor you want from erythritol (or stevia) but for just 5.1 grams of net carbs and 2.5 grams of sugar a serving. YAAAAS.
Keto Apple Pie
Apple pie is super comforting for Thanksgiving dessert, and this one by gnom-gnom is gluten-free and keto friendly. The piecrust is super flaky and the zucchini filling adds nutrients and fiber.
Keto Mashed Cauliflower
Swap cauliflower for potatoes, and you’ll still get the same texture and flavor you’re craving alongside your turkey leg. This recipe from Hey Keto Mama is a great companion for Thanksgiving dinner, and you can dress it up with whatever you like—bacon, spices, herbs, and more.
Keto Pecan Pie Clusters
These mini pecan pie clusters from Hey Keto Mama give you the dessert you want but in a small fun-size version to keep carbs, calories, and sugar in check. Use dark and sugar-free chocolate to make the total sugar zero. Each cluster is just 140 calories.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie
Pecan pie has that amazing chewy texture and deliciously nutty flavor. This keto sugar-free pie from All Day I Dream About Food is made with almond flour pie crust, keto friendly sweeteners, and some vanilla or maple extract to round it all out.
Keto Sausage Stuffing
Stuffing it a total superstar at the table, but it’s definitely not on the keto diet. Hello—bread pudding—which means carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Yet this stuffing from All Day I Dream About Food is made with keto bread, which tastes just like the real thing. Add a kick with spicy sausage and enjoy for just 2.8 grams of net carbs a serving.
Keto Pumpkin Pie
A classic for Thanksgiving, this pumpkin pie from Cast Iron Keto is creamy in the center but flaky on the outside, making it the perfect dessert this holiday. It even has a bit of protein—12.1 grams—so you won’t feel like grabbing a second slice.
Keto Scalloped Turnips
A great side dish from Cast Iron Keto, these scalloped turnips are rich and comforting thanks to a delicious cream sauce and butter. They’ll taste just as decadent as potatoes but without all the carbs, clocking in at a mere 4 grams of net carbs a serving.
Lemon Garlic Salmon
Not everyone eats meat, so a turkey won’t cut it for vegans and pesctetarians. Fortunately, this lemon garlic salmon from 40 Aprons is an excellent option for those looking to have more fish in the diet. Its’ ready in 25 minutes, too, which is super fast!
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts
These mini pumpkin cheesecake tarts from Ruled.me are perfect for keeping portions in check, and you can use them as a fun dessert when hosting. There’s a nice medley of vanilla, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger to bring out Thanksgiving favorite spices.
Low-Carb Raspberry Baked Brie
Before digging into turkey, you’ve got to have some apps first. This raspberry baked brie from Keto Diet App is the perfect appetizer, and it is low in carbs, with just 3.7 net grams a serving. You get the creaminess of the brie along with good fats from the walnuts and chia seeds to fill you up.
Low-Carb Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is typically like all sugar—yes there are antioxidants from the berries, but the sugar and carb count in a Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is way too high for a keto lifestyle. This one from Keto Diet App still has the acidity from oranges, the kick from cloves and cinnamon, and the sweetness from the berries to satisfy the craving without wrecking your diet.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Basil Vinaigrette
You may not think of “salad” when you consider Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s a good way to get in greens. This Brussels sprouts salad from Wholesomelicious is perfect, as it has crunch from almonds and a spicy kick from the Dijon mustard, and it’s still low-carb.
Pefect Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Before sitting down to the table, nosh on some appetizers to mingle or watch TV as a family. These deviled eggs from 40 Aprons are great for easy passed apps as they are a total finger-food snack and are low in carbs and high in fat. In fact, there are zero carbs per egg!
Keto pumpkin Seed Bread
Instead of traditional dinner rolls for the holiday, enjoy a slice of this keto-approved pumpkin bread from Ketogasm. Each slice has 257 calories, but it’s also gluten-free and packed with healthy fats from the pumpkin seeds. And there are only 3 net grams of carbs a slice.
Pumpkin Cheddar Soup
A warm bowl of pumpkin cheddar soup is the perfect low carb, keto soup for Thanksgiving dinner, and this creamy recipe from All Day I Dream About Food can be easily made in the slow cooker or on a stovetop for the holiday. Some chorizo adds flavor and crunch.
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Radish
Sick of turkey? Have another option ready with this pork recipe from Ruled. me that’s low-carb and high in fat for the keto diet. And there’s no shortage of flavor thanks to the yummy filling that reminds you of traditional bread stuffing. Plus, it’s done in under two hours!
Sweet ‘N Tangy Cranberry Relish
Who can eat turkey without cranberry relish? Unfortunately, cranberries have a ton of sugar and carbs, so those on the keto diet can’t lather some on. Yet, this recipe from gnom-gnom has everything you need: the sweet flavor, tang, and only three grams of net carbs.
Roasted Turkey Leg
It’s definitely okay to enjoy a delicious turkey on Thanksgiving—it’s the main event! This roasted turkey leg recipe from Ruled. me keeps portion control in mind (no food coma as expected) and it works well with any sides, like broccoli or roasted Brussels sprouts.
Easy Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Turkey
Butter and garlic lathered on roasted turkey? Yum. And it’s keto friendly for Thanksgiving, so you can’t get any better. This recipe from Wholesome Yum has all the flavors you’re looking for with some fat from the butter without all the carbs that could come from other types of sauces or gravy.
Low Carb Creamed Spinach with Cream Cheese
Thick creamy spinach with cream cheese is rich and decadent tasting but free of those pesky carbs and sugar in this keto-approved makeover from Wholesome Yum. So, grab a spoonful and enjoy this Thanksgiving. Plus, it takes just 15 minutes to whip up.
Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
This is a dish people look forward to all year long—but on keto, this casserole is off limits. Luckily, Wholesome Yum has a killer recipe that packs in all the flavor and nutrition of green beans with a keto-friendly casserole base. There are just 7 grams of net carbs a serving!