By Carl Hanson
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Good news, turkey is full-on paleo-friendly! Except, no bread stuffing, of course. Leave that on the side, as dressing for the non paleos. Truth be told, Thanksgiving is actually a fairly easy meal to manage for paleo people, as long as you stay clear of the rolls, the flour-based gravies, and mashed white potatoes. We've put together a collection of top-rated paleo-friendly recipes that are tasty and terrific for Thanksgiving.

Perfectly Paleo Thanksgiving

Here's a turkey recipe that you smoke outside on a kettle-style grill. You'll smoke the bird beside charcoal and a little hardwood, adding a few knobs of new charcoal and pieces of wood as necessary to keep a steady flow of smoke going. A 12 pound bird cooks for about 4 hours. "Smoked turkey is a delightful way to cook a turkey while relaxing," says TOM TROTTIER. "The skin is beautifully tanned and the meat is so juicy."

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While a turkey cooked outside on a hot fire seems the most paleo way to go, it's maybe not the most practical method for everyone. In which case, try these top-rated roasted turkey recipes: Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey or Easy Herb Roasted Turkey. Or take a peek at out our collection of Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes, including roast turkey, grilled turkey, deep-fried turkey, and more.

For paleo people as much as for any of us, a rich fantasy life is important. Here's one "for those of us low-carb peeps who like to pretend that we are eating mashed potatoes," says catiebrooke.

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And if you do find yourself filching a forkful or two of fluffy white mashed potatoes, you should know that scientists in England have your back. Evolutionary geneticists at University College London recently established that early humans cooked and ate starchy tubers. Back in the day, true paleolithic peeps ate roots, tubers, and bulbs. They also ate grubs and insects. Basically whatever was edible that they could get their hands on, they ate it. But let's not go bananas here. It's Thanksgiving, not Paleo Authenticity Day.

These honey-sweetened sweet potatoes are ideal for Thanksgiving dinner. They'll keep things perfectly paleo while pleasing everyone at the table.

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No need for butter or vegetable oil when you have duck fat, delicious duck fat! Also try frying sweet potato rounds in duck fat.

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For your paleo snacking pleasure. This recipe calls for coconut flour and coconut oil. Did actual paleolithic people eat coconuts? When they washed up on shore, sure. Also, interestingly, a coconut's not a nut, it's a drupe. The name cocodrupe, however, never got past the marketing department.

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And here's one for the leftovers. It's the rare turkey soup with no pasta or rice. Interestingly, the very first soup was likely prepared by a paleo person in a pre-soup-bowl environment. They stuffed an animal's stomach with various foods and stream water, and then roasted it over an open fire, and called it good. Now that's going paleo. With this recipe, a pot on the stove works fine.

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See our complete collection of Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes.