Keto Thanksgiving Menu for a Low-Carb Holiday
Thanksgiving is known for turkey and gravy, fall inspired sides, and carb, carbs, and more carbs. Between the mashed potatoes, pecan pie, and sugary cranberry sauce, it's pretty hard to stay on a keto diet when you're enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. But a keto-friendly Thanksgiving is possible! As long as you keep some low-carb, low-sugar, and high-fat options at the table and make the right swaps, you'll be able to stay in ketosis and still enjoy the holiday without feeling deprived one bit. This is our delicious keto menu, made up of appetizers, sides, mains and desserts, for the ultimate Thanksgiving meal that tastes just as satisfying without the carbs.
These crackers are perfect for a cheese or charcuterie board appetizer as friends and family mingle before sitting down to the dinner table. What makes them low-carb? They are made from mozzarella cheese, almond flour, and egg yolk, so they have more fats and protein instead of pesky carbs.
Bacon and Cheese Fat Bombs
These delicious savory bites combine cheese and bacon for an indulgent and keto-friendly appetizer. You can snack on one or two before dinner, and they make for a great presentation when served in appetizer spoons.
Keto Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Lemon Aioli
Asparagus spears wrapped in bacon look fancy as an appetizer and you can use full-fat mayonnaise for an extra rich sauce. Some lemon zest adds a citrusy element to go with the earthy flavor of asparagus.
Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower
Swap out carbohydrate dense mashed potatoes for a savory mashed cauliflower rice that will work nicely as a keto side dish. Add a pat of butter just before serving for that classic Thanksgiving appearance.
Bread rolls are a classic at Thanksgiving, so you can still enjoy that carby taste but for fewer grams per roll. Use a low-carb recipe made of seeds, almond, and coconut flour to create a wow-worthy bun.
Keto Smothered Green Beans
Green beans are a classic Thanksgiving staple and this dish is ready in just 25 minutes. Green beans are smothered in creamy sauce and bacon for a rich flavor that beats out any casserole.
Low Carb Yellow Squash Casserole
This casserole is hearty and indulgent. Its keto substitutes include yellow squash for the noodles, almonds for the crackers, and whole cream for milk to bump up the fats.
Low-Carb Turkey Quinoa Lasagna
Enjoy turkey for Thanksgiving but in a different form with this tasty low-carb lasagna that is packed with protein from turkey and fats from the cheese.
Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
You can't go wrong with classic turkey as your keto Thanksgiving centerpiece! This one is tender and juicy thanks to a citrus and herb brine.
Keto Pumpkin Pie
A classic pumpkin pie is a go-to for Thanksgiving dinner and so it must be on any keto Thanksgiving menu. This low-carb version has a crunchy cinnamon pecan crust and custardy pumpkin filling.
Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes
These keto-friendly cheesecakes are easy to serve to guests since they're all individually sized. The crunchy almond crust is the perfect contrast to the smooth cream cheese filling.