Whether you’re spending the holidays at home or heading to a gathering, this time of year is all about food. It can be tough, though, if you’re not eating with the crowd. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring your own dishes to family meals. We’ve put together a collection of low carb, keto-friendly recipes for your holiday meal.
What’s in this post:
- Brined Bacon Wrapped Turkey Magic with Gravy
- Oven Roasted Turkey Legs
- Easy French Onion Dip
- Keto Cauliflower Mash
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts
- Supreme Green Bean Casserole
- Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole Recipe
- Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
- Keto Sausage Stuffing
- Cauliflower Stuffing
- Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
- Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Sugar-Free Pecan Pie
Truth be told, some indulgence is fine from time to time, and I’m not even particularly concerned about my weight. The reason why I try to stay keto, even during holiday meals, is that it really helps me keep my anxiety under control. A piece of bread isn’t a horrible thing, but having a heavy carb meal at the wrong thing can really take a toll on my mental health. So, if you can relate, here are some low carb holiday recipes you can try this year!
Brined Bacon Wrapped Turkey Magic with Gravy
If you’ve never brined turkey, you might want to try it this year. It really does make a huge difference. The meat is just so flavorful and juicy. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it! Even though it’s not the “most keto” part of the bird, I prefer the breast. This recipe makes that white meat taste even better! You’ll want to follow the recipe for Brined Bacon Wrapped Turkey Magic with Gravy. Honestly, one of the best things about this recipe is the keto gravy. It’s so hard to find one for us low carb eaters! We can’t say enough good things about this low carb holiday recipe. We’ll be making it again!
Oven Roasted Turkey Legs
As mentioned, I’ve always been a turkey breast kind of person, but Josh really loves dark meat (maybe that’s why he likes me haha!). Sometimes, I like to make the breast and legs separately since dark meat may not take as long to cook. This recipe for oven roasted turkey legs is really straightforward, which is exactly what you need. You’re already cooking a million things on Thanksgiving and Christmas, so simple is good!
Easy French Onion Dip
We LOVE French onion dip in this house. Love. It. So, when we saw this low carb easy French onion dip recipe, I knew we’d have to try it! Fresh herbs and caramelized onions are what really make this recipe a standout, so be forewarned — you’re going to want to eat the whole bowl by yourself. And that’s okay. This is a judgement-free space.
Keto Cauliflower Mash
Sometimes, during the holidays, I’ll allow myself to indulge in some mashed potatoes. The thing is that I usually end up feeling too bloated to enjoy them. This recipe for keto mashed cauliflower lets me have something fluffy to eat with my turkey and gravy. Does it taste the same? No, not at all. It’s a good substitute, though! It’s also one of my favorite low carb vegetarian recipes for when my daughter comes to visit!
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
You’ll be blown away by the flavor of these delicious crispy brussels sprouts. They’re more prone to burning than other vegetables, so be sure to keep a close eye on them! Coat them thoroughly in a delicious fat like coconut oil, avocado oil, or animal fat (bacon grease for me, please!) and then flip them halfway through cooking. If you let them cool a little before serving, they’ll be extra crispy. Oh – and a bonus with this recipe is that it includes two fantastic keto-friendly dipping sauces!
Supreme Green Bean Casserole
Okay, real talk? I’m never going to eat keto green bean casserole. Maybe I shouldn’t say never, but I’m not a big fan of green beans. My family likes them, though, so finding a keto recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas was important. This is a great side dish for your holiday meal! So, while I can’t personally vouch for this recipe for Supreme Green Bean Casserole, I can say that others really enjoy it. That counts, right?
Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole Recipe
Oh. My. Goodness. Since we’re already being honest here, I’ll tell you that cauliflower is not my favorite thing, but it’s grown on me. If you feel the same way, you might be tempted to scroll past this recipe, but don’t. This is good stuff. The secret? That amazing, gooey cheese sauce that’s a combination of sour cream and cream cheese along with Monterey and cheddar. You might shed a tear, but it will be a good cry.
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Anyone who has been eating a low carb or keto diet for a while will know that we use cauliflower for pretty much everything. It’s no surprise, therefore, that there’s another low carb holiday recipe that includes this versatile veggie. Yes, you can try this cauliflower macaroni and cheese. Obviously, there’s no actual macaroni in it, but when you prepare it a certain way, it’s similar!
Keto Sausage Stuffing
There are few things about the holidays that I love more than stuffing. My oldest daughter can just sit and eat a whole plate of it. Of course, it’s not the most low carb dish so we’ve had to tweak things a little. This recipe for keto stuffing is cheesy and festive. It’s not the same as traditional stuffing, but it does the trick! Plus, you can never have enough keto side dishes during the holidays!
Remember when I said my oldest daughter loves stuffing? Well, she’s a vegetarian so there’s no way she’d eat anything with sausage in it. Good thing I found another alternative! Cauliflower to the rescue (again)! This cauliflower stuffing is a great low carb, keto recipe for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas and it’s pretty easy to make!
Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
Raise your hand if you really love the jellied cranberry sauce made by Ocean Spray? I’m not even going to lie about it. I’ve tried to have it a few times since going low carb, though, and it’s just way too sweet. Even if I wanted to indulge, it makes me feel gross now 🙁 I’ve never been one to make my own cranberry sauce, but going keto has made me even more hands-on in the kitchen. This great sugar-free cranberry sauce is a great low carb addition for Thanksgiving!
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Looking for a quick keto dessert for Thanksgiving? I’ve got you covered. To be honest, I’m amazed by how rarely I think about dessert these days, but when I do, I want to enjoy without guilt. Pumpkins are lower in carbs and full fat dairy works on keto so it was only a matter of time before we put them together! Can I just say that I can’t recommend this keto pumpkin cheesecake enough? It’s delicious, easy to make and tastes great the next day. Yes!!!
Sugar-Free Pecan Pie
INot a fan of pumpkins? Don’t worry, you’ve got options! Growing up in Montréal, we ate a lot of sugar pies and pecan pies. There’s a lot of sugar in both of them, so I never expected to find a recipe that would work for keto Thanksgiving or Christmas!t’s definitely worth trying this sugar-free pecan pie, if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Then, use some heavy cream to whip up some keto-friendly whipped cream topping for both pies and call it a night.
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