AltShift 5Shift Thanksgiving 2016

AltShift 5Shift Thanksgiving – Round 2

This year will be my second Thanksgiving as an AltShift’er — and the second time on 5shift for the big day. I cooked for 6 adults (and 4 kids) last year, and only 2 were officially AltShift’ing — but all of us loved every bite. So this year, there are 8 adults (and 4 kids), and I’m making all the same recipes from last year, with a couple new additions.

My plate last year:

AltShift 5Shift Thanksgiving 2016

AltShift 5Shift Thanksgiving 2016

Here are the 5Shift-friendly Thanksgiving recipes I’ll be re-making again this year (with my tweaks… because I fail at following recipes as written):


I don’t typically snack, but we eat Thanksgiving Dinner around 3pm. So, I guess instead of appetizers, these are really a mini-pre-dinner-lunch-while-cooking-dinner :)

Keto Sausage Balls — I make these the day before and put them on a baking sheet and into fridge, covered with plastic wrap. Remove wrap and bake right before serving!

Sausage Ball Puffs {Keto / Low Carb} from

Pimiento Cheese – I also make this the day before and serve with celery & pork rinds for dipping. And we use AltShift Mayo (duh!)

Southern Pimento Cheese from


Keto Stuffing – Full disclosure: this one takes some time to make. First you make almond flour buns, then turn it into a stuffing. But Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving Dinner and it’s only once a year, so I say it’s worth it. I didn’t use chorizo (just regular breakfast sausage) last year, but I might switch it up this time. And this recipe is DELICIOUS!

Almond Bun Stuffing from Caveman Keto

Mashed Cauliflower. I add a bit of ground nutmeg and an egg!

COOKING LESSONS FROM THE KITCHN – How To Make the Creamiest Mashed Cauliflower

Green Bean Casserole – a yummy Thanksgiving tradition.


Roasted Broccoli with Bacon – this is a staple at our house year-round.

Roasted Broccoli with Bacon from Nom Nom Paleo

Keto Giblet Gravy – last year was the first time I didn’t just throw away the giblets, and I was so glad I tried this out. It was so good!

Keto Giblet Gravy from Caveman Keto

And of course the star of the show: Turkey – we soaked in brine for the first time last year, too — and never going back!

This year I’m not making the Mashed Cauliflower (someone is bring Mashed Potatoes for the non-AltShift’ers) or the Roasted Broccoli (it’s delicious, but we’re having it with dinner the night before instead). Instead, I’ll be adding in these new additions:

Roasted Garlic & Thyme Mushrooms – substitute 2T breadcrumbs with 2T crushed pork rinds and a little parmesan cheese!

Garlic Thyme Roasted Mushrooms from

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – we have this every 5shift so I don’t follow a recipe anymore, but it ends up being very similar to this linked recipe. Yummy!

Keto Mac n Cheese from Ketogenic Kitchen

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