My Favorite Paleo Recipes:
Thanksgiving & Pumpkins

Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS Nutritional Periodontist
November 3, 2016 [printfriendly]

paleo pumpkin recipesThanksgiving and pumpkins – a perfect match when it comes to food. Pumpkin is a healthy Paleo food with a carbohydrate density of 5.2%. It also is an exceptional source for beta-carotene and a good source for fiber and other nutrients.


I have published some great recipes with pumpkins as the main ingredient. I tweaked traditional recipes to make them Paleo and to fit my taste. Try them, and let me know what you think:


paleo-pumpkin-nut-chocolate-chip-breadThe first is bread that is really dessert. If you want to make it even more luscious, try spreading my Avocado Chocolate Pudding on it as an icing. Yum!


Paleo Coconut Pumpkin Smoothie PLUSNext is totally unique. You will never guess what I hid in this healthy smoothie.


paleo-pumpkin-pieThe last is actually two recipes that I published together: a stuffing and a dessert. The stuffing doesn’t have pumpkin, but the dessert is unmistakably pumpkin.


Be thankful for everything life has given you.



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My Favorite Paleo Recipes:
Thanksgiving Revisited

        Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS       November 17, 2015


evolution rHolidays are coming, ready or not!


Last year I posted two recipes that I love to prepare for Thanksgiving. I made both of them to take to my kids and their kids. They were a hit. These take some time to prepare, but they are well worth the effort. Here is the link to my two favorite Paleo Recipes for Thanksgiving:


Link for My Thanksgiving Recipes

My Favorite Paleo Recipes:
Healthy Thanksgiving

evolution rThanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together for good food, good fun, and to give thanks for everything life has to offer. But, this is also a time for overindulgence of unhealthy treats. The main food offenders that cause a host of issues are processed foods made with grains and sugars. If you could eliminate these food products, your body would be so much better off, and your mouth would smile. Stuffing and dessert could be the most challenging, so I have focused on healthy solutions for both of these – a healthy stuffing on the side and a healthy pumpkin pie. YUM!
Stuffing is always a problem because of the grains and sugars that are part of the recipes. Here is a simple recipe for a healthy stuffing:
4-5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 tablespoons coconut oil (warm to make liquid)
salt & freshly ground pepper
4 celery stalks, thinly chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
8 oz. country style ground pork sausage, crumbled (preferably pastured pork)
2 cups shiitake mushroom caps, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 large eggs, beaten (preferably pastured eggs)
1/2 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
4 pitted dates, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup chopped pecans
• Preheat oven to 400° F. In large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with 1-tablespoon coconut oil and sprinkle with 1/2-teaspoon salt and 1/4-teaspoon pepper. Place potatoes on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) one layer thick and roast in oven until just tender, about 20 minutes.
• Meanwhile, heat 3-tablespoons coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, onions, garlic, 1-teaspoon salt, and 1/4-teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the sausage and cook through until thoroughly browned.
• Add mushrooms and wine; cook until liquid evaporates, 2 to 4 minutes.
• Transfer the mixture to a large bowl along with the roasted sweet potatoes and let everything cool for 10 minutes or so. Turn oven down to 375° F.
• Add the beaten eggs, chicken stock, pecans, dates, and sage to the veggie/meat mixture and combine well. Use coconut oil to grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes more.
Refined sugars and flours are usually ingredients of every dessert. Here is a healthy Pumpkin Pie recipe without added flours or unnatural sugars.
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup hazelnuts
4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed to make liquid)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
extra coconut oil to grease pie pan
1 can organic pumpkin puree (usually 15 oz.)
2 eggs, beaten (preferably pastured)
1/2 cup local raw honey
1/2 cup organic coconut cream (Native Forest is a good brand)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• Preheat your oven to 350° F.
• Grind nuts in a food processor into a flour consistency. Don’t over process; it will turn into butter.
• In a bowl, create the crust mixture by mixing the processed nuts, coconut oil, and salt; then spread the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 10 minutes.
• While the crust bakes, mix the filling ingredients together in a bowl.
• Add the filling evenly into the baked crust and bake for an additional 45 minutes.


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