A little Thanksgiving History
The last place we were stationed before we moved to the west coast was our home state of West Virginia. For those 4 years that we lived there, I would travel the 3 hours to my grandparents and cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family. Traveling the next day to my husbands parents house where they delayed Thanksgiving dinner a day so that we could share the meal with them.
Our first thanksgiving on the west coast was a little depressing for me as I only had my immediate family to cook for that year. Luckily we had made some good friends that year and ending up sharing the meal with them.
As the years in California passed our Thanksgiving tradition has been to invite all the geo-bachelors and single soldiers my husband works with to our house to celebrate. Every year on this day, our house became a revolving door of people stopping by to share a bite to eat and some good company in place of spending the day alone.
I enjoyed every second of it.
Since moving to Washington, although we still put out the invite, sadly not many people have taken us up on our offer and this year it was just us.
Knowing that we weren’t going to have anyone over this year, I decided that I wanted to stay on track with my nutrition as much as possible. You see I have been following a ketogenic diet for that past 4 months or so and it has helped me take off some of the weight (about 15 pounds so far) and get my energy back. I’m loving it so far.
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, low/no carb diet and I LOVE stuffing. I can’t imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without it. I also love pie. Every year my youngest and I make an apple pie. There is also usually an pumpkin pie in there as well. I didn’t want to give those things up just to stay on track.
So I did what anyone would do…. I started looking up keto friendly recipes on Pinterest so I could still enjoy the foods that I love this holiday.
I want to start off by telling you all that the rest of my family have not joined my in the keto lifestyle. So I did end up making two different kinds of stuffing, regular and low carb, as well as a regular apple pie and a low carb pecan pie.
Making the stuffing was sort of an adventure. I’m not much of a baker and the first step in making the keto stuffing is to make low carb garlic bread to be cut up and used in the stuffing.
The first part of the adventure was finding budget friendly unflavored protein powder to use in the recipe. I finally found True Athlete Natural Whey Protein at the Vitamin Shoppe. The bonus…..I also got a free water bottle with my purchase. Score!
So the night before Thanksgiving, I made my first batch ever of low carb garlic bread.
I sliced it, toasted it, and then diced it up and added it to what was actually some very tasty stuffing!
The next low carb recipe I made was pecan pie. I mean you can’t have Thanksgiving without pie. My son and I kept our tradition and made what I was told was a darn good apple pie. Then I preceded to make my first ever pecan pie, low carb or not.
The only thing that I would change about this recipe is that I probably won’t add any sweetener to the crust like the recipe called for. The pie itself was already sweet enough. Also for the size pie I made, I needed more of the filling so I probably would have doubled the recipe.
I must say, for having no sugar in it, that pie was super sweet and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was a success!
Even though we didn’t have any extra people over this year for Thanksgiving, ultimately it was still a success and I enjoyed the time I had to spend with my family. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving as well!
If you try any of the recipes I added in this post, leave a comment and let me know what you thought about them and any variations you tried. I’d love to hear your feedback!