By Cassie Johnston
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We go to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving every year. It’s a big mess of extended family and kids. It’s loud, it’s rambunctious, and it’s a really good thing my sister has two huge ovens because there is also a TON of food.
Last year when we woke up on Thanksgiving morning, I gave my daughter a good morning hug, and knew immediately she was running a fever. There would be no Thanksgiving treks for us that year—we did Thanksgiving on our own as a little family of three. As I scrambled to pull together a somewhat decent Turkey Day dinner last minute, I decided right then and there that there has to be an easier way to do a small-scale, quick, and easy Thanksgiving dinner.
The thing no one tells you about cooking Thanksgiving dinner is that no matter if you’re serving two people or 22, it’s still the same amount of work. The volume is different—you have to peel a few more potatoes—but the actual number of steps and dishes? The same. I’ve been working for the past few months on perfecting a recipe that I think will change that!
Say “hello!” to my Sheet Pan Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner—it’s done, start to finish, in 90 minutes. It’s all done on one sheet pan. It perfectly serves two people (with a few leftovers—it worked perfectly for our family of three) and it can easily be doubled to serve 4-6. It is also grain-free and paleo—because that’s the way I happen to be eating right now. But I think it’s delicious enough to serve to anyone!
This paleo Thanksgiving dinner has five parts: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Easy Bone Broth Gravy, Coconut Candied Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Cauli-Rice Pilaf, Rosemary Pomegranate Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Honey Cranberry Sauce.
Everything, minus the cranberry sauce and gravy, is made on one single sheet pan. This makes post-dinner cleanup a breeze! It might take you less time to clean up than it will to eat the meal, which is almost unheard of on Thanksgiving Day. You’ll be in your jammies and watching Elf before you know it (anyone else do this on Thanksgiving evening?).
The full printable recipe below walks you through the entire meal step-by-step. I highly recommend reading through the whole recipe (maybe more than once) before you actually dive in on Thanksgiving Day. It’s not complicated, but getting the timing right—so everything is warm at the same time—requires a little bit of organization.
I did want to go over each dish below to give you tips and suggestions that might make it go easier for you on the actual day of. Let’s dig in!
Phew, are you still with me? I know this is a lot of information, but I promise once you get to cooking, the time sails by! This really is the easiest way to make a full, hearty, satisfying Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!
Don’t let the size of this Sheet Pan Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner fool you. It has all the flavors and dishes you love at Thanksgiving, from the turkey to the sweet potatoes to the cranberry sauce.
Keywords: Thanksgiving, paleo, grain-free, sheet pan dinners, holidays
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This looks delish! :)
I just moved to the US, so this will be my first Thanksgiving and I’m excited for all the madness. But I’m sure that the novelty will wear of fast and I’ll soon be looking forward to quicker and less stressful ways to make Thanksgiving dinner. :)
This is fantastic. We host a huge dinner at our house on Thanksgiving, but I am saving this for a special weekend meal sometime. Thank you for sharing!!
Happy turkey day! Just got back from an international trip with a 5 month old, so this easy turkey dinner is definitely happening today. For future reference, what was I suppose to do with the cooking fat for the turkey breast?
Whisk it with the herbs and spices to season the turkey before you roast it to give it some flavor!
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