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I couldn’t pass up the fresh cranberries when I did my Thanksgiving grocery shopping, so this ended up as a last minute paleo kitchen experiment- and I think it turned out quite nicely!

Disclaimer: Paleo experiments generally don’t involve measuring on my part. I’m doing my best here to be as specific as possible, but I make a lot of decisions as I go. For this recipe, I started with the recipe on the back of the bag of cranberries, which involved boiling 1 cup of water + 1 cup (!!) of sugar, then adding the cranberries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 4-5 dates
  • 1/2 c applesauce

Recipe:

  1. Puree dates and applesauce. Add enough water to make about 1.5 cups.
  2. Add zest and juice from the orange. (Sorry, no measurements here. Just however much zest and juice you can get from 1 orange)
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add cranberries, bring to a boil again. Stir a few times.
  5. Let cranberries boil for about 8-10 minutes. When they start to break open, they are done.
  6. Serve chilled.

This is NOT the supersweet cranberry sauce I grew up with (Hello, 1 CUP of sugar for 12 oz of cranberries?!?)- In fact, I wouldn’t even call this dish sweet. It was definitely tart, but it was really good- especially with the turkey.

I did not get a picture of just the cranberry sauce, so you get to see the whole dinner spread here:

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The paleo version of mashed potatoes!

Here is what I started with:

  1. Chop raw cauliflower and steam until very tender.
  2. Put the cauliflower in a food processer with just a bit of coconut milk and blend until smooth.
  3. Add pepper to taste.

I tasted this, and it was good. It did not, however, taste just like mashed potatoes. The texture was similar, but it tasted still like cauliflower. If I was cooking for myself, this would have been fine. But I was cooking for Team Paleo Thanksgiving, so I wanted to make it a little more special. So, I roasted some garlic, chopped up some green onion, and added a little flax-oil mayonnaise to thicken it up just a bit.  Still didn’t taste like potatoes, but I think it was pretty delicious!

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Super easy, visually appealing side dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 10 slices of prosciutto (I used applegate farms)
  • Olive oil and pepper, to taste

Recipe:

  1. Wash and trim asparagus. Place in a baking dish with olive oil and pepper.
  2. Roast the asparagus at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You can vary this depending on how you like your asparagus, but don’t cook them all the way just yet)
  3. Assemble “bundles”- 3-5 asparagus wrapped with a slice of prosciutto.
  4. Before serving, roast for about 5 minutes so that prosciutto is slightly crispy.

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