thanksgiving menu 2023 piperThanksgiving dinner may be the biggest meal of the year! In fact, it is thought that most people eat more in this one meal than a twenty-year-old, six-foot-tall, 270 lb., active man would need to eat in an entire day.

With turkey, a bunch of sides, and dinner rolls there is something for everyone. Many times drinks and desserts follow the meal with a second dinner of leftovers later in the day. No wonder we feel so tired and our pants feel tight. 

I’m not a big fan of counting calories, but I do think we would feel better if we were more intentional about our choices. If you are cooking this year, consider using recipes that contain real, unprocessed, nourishing ingredients.

Here are some recipes to help you make the season's traditional dishes in a healthier way. You will be inspired to try more of these recipes when you see how good they taste and how good you feel!



Easy Whole30 Paleo Snack Board | Kimbrough Daniels

Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash Recipe | Paleo Leap

The Best Paleo Meatballs - Whole30 Friendly! - Fresh Water Peaches

Sweet and Tangy Lil' Smokies | Plaid & Paleo (


The Bird

Easy Roasted Turkey with Sage Butter

Butterflied Turkey Recipe 



Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Paleo Comfort Food Stuffing


Green Bean Casserole

Paleo Green Bean Casserole


Sweet Potato & Squash

Sweet Potato Casserole

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Squash Mash

Butternut Squash Risotto



3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce


"Mashed Potatoes"

Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"


Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Beautiful Brussels Sprouts with Onion & Squash



Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Crisp


Nonalcoholic Drinks

How To Make Virgin Piña Coladas - Strength and Sunshine

Watermelon + Cucumber Cooler - the Whole Smiths

Non-Alcoholic Paleo Strawberry Mojito - Paleo Grubs



You can enjoy a beautiful meal that will leave you feeling good! Let me know if you try any of these recipes and send me a picture of the ones you liked the most! 

Dr. Jamie Thomure and Joelle Kurczodyna

This blog was originally put together by my sister Joelle Kurczodyna. She has a certification in Nutritional Therapy (NTP), is a mom of three kids, and has a homestead with two cows, more than twenty chickens, and a bunch of vegetables! To learn more about the awesome things she is up to, follow her on Instagram at @fromscratchfarmstead