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Nov

My Favorite Thanksgiving Products

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With the holidays fast approaching and my Thanksgiving ebook of over 20 gluten-free holiday recipes available now, I wanted to provide you with a resource guide of all of my favorite products. They may not all be available in your area, but you can take a look at the ingredients on the products and substitute with what you can find near you.

The Turkey 

Two of my trusted websites, US Wellness Meats and Tropical Traditions both sell organic free range turkeys, however they’re both sadly already sold out for this year but you can plan ahead and order from them next year! Check Whole Foods or your local butcher for a quality turkey this Thanksgiving. Figure 1.5 pounds per person when deciding how large of a bird to buy. This will give you enough for dinner and some left over for soups and sandwiches the next day.

You may be wondering what do all of the labels on poultry mean? Here’s some common terms you will see on Turkey labels and what they mean:

Organic Food labeled organic must be raised on certified organic pasture and fed certified organic feed for their entire lives. They cannot contain drugs, antibiotics or growth hormones and must have year-round outdoor access.

Free-Range Under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, the free-range designation means that the turkey has been allowed access to outdoors. However, there are no actual requirements for how much time is allowed outside or the quality or size of the area.

Pasture Raised If possible, a 100% pasture raised turkey is superior as it ensures that the bird is allowed to roam freely and forage on the ground, as they were meant to. It ensures that the bird is not given a feed of soy, corn or other grains. The best place to find these turkeys is through local farmers. Turkeys can be labeled pasture raised if they are provided with pasture during the grazing season in their area and ensuring that the animals get at least 30 percent of their dry-feed intake from pasture grazing over the course of grazing season.

Natural This label means there are not any artificial flavors or flavoring, coloring ingredient, or chemical preservative. It also means that the product and its ingredients are not more than minimally processed. It does not mean that it is organic, free of GMO, or even ethically raised.

 

My Favorite Ingredients (click on the photo to purchase)

Many of these ingredients can also be found at Whole Foods, but the Amazon or online links are provided below


This is the best almond flour for baking your holiday treats and pie crusts. It is free of chemicals and pesticides and is extremely finely ground.
8oz-Chicken-Stock-380There’s a recipe in my new ebook for homemade chicken or turkey stock, but when you’re short on time this one by Pacific is fantastic. The ingredients are clean and you can find it at your local grocery store.
Palm shortening is a great butter or ghee alternative for baking if you cannot tolerate any dairy. Spectrum brand and Tropical Traditions are both ethically and sustainably sourced products. This brand can also be found at most health food stores.  I prefer homemade pumpkin puree, for which you will find a recipe in the ebook, but I always keep a few cans on hand for the times when I’m craving something pumpkin with immediate gratification and don’t feel like roasting a pumpkin!
My stuffinglogo-main2 recipe calls for my grain-free sandwich bread, but if you can tolerate some grains and just want a quick alternative as a special occasion, I think the texture and flavor of Canyon Bakehouse is the best. I do not like any commercially sold ‘paleo’ breads. Coconut sugar, aka palm sugar or coconut crystals, are a low glycemic sweetener that mimics brown sugar. You can find it in bulk at your health food store, or even at some Costco stores!
Always use a canned coconut milk, and preferably one that is in a BPA free can if possible. Boxed coconut milk contains a lot of additives. Coconut flour can also be found at your health food stores or through Tropical Traditions

 

Happy cooking and click here for my new Thanksgiving ebook featuring over 20 gluten-free paleo holiday recipes!

 

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  • http://www.runtoradiance.com Tania

    Thank you for putting this together! My mom has major gluten intolerance and we are hosing Thanksgiving so I am definitely planning on making items out of both your cookbook and your ebook to make sure she enjoys celebrating just as much as everyone else! :) And I bet the other guests will never guess there’s no gluten!

  • https://plus.google.com/104523800917981459558 Melissa

    I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June. My dietitian told me that I need to get back to baking from scratch and to get some cookbooks. I love this one and Against All Grain. They both will be a great start for my new cookbook collection.

  • Amy

    I am sooo thankful for all your hard work and efforts to ensure we can all partake in the traditional Thanksgiving feast! :D I just purchased your e-book and it is a work of art! I used a lot of your Thanksgiving recipes from your blog last year and now I’m so happy to have even more to try this year! And to think a few years ago when I was diagnosed there was NOTHING even close to the recipes I have now! :) Thank YOU!
    I do have a few questions: 1. Where can I get the “berries” and anise seeds for the turkey brine? 2. In your stuffing recipe there was mention of a link to a “grain-free” bread, but I didn’t see a link. Is this your “famous sandwich bread”? I haven’t been able to make it because I’m allergic to cashews. :( 3. I bought a pastured turkey this year… Can I still cook it according to your turkey recipe? Someone said I needed to be sure and cook it slow and low. I’m a little nervous!! :[

    Again, can’t thank you enough for putting this beautiful e-book together! I’ve been up nights trying to plan and now I have it all laid out for me! What a GODSEND!!!!!

    • Against All Grain

      Thank you for your kind words! The berries and anise seeds can be purchased at any health food store in the spice section, either in jars or in bulk. Yes, the grain free bread is my “famous sandwich bread”. It is my understanding that you would cook a pastured turkey at a higher temperature, and that it cooks faster. You may want to research online.

      • Amy

        Thanks so much for your reply! ;) I noticed in your PDF that you mentioned using sunflower seed butter in place of the nut butter for your bread. I may give that a try! :) I’m finding on-line that a pastured turkey should be cooked at 325 degrees and about 12-15 minutes per lb., so I will give it a shot. Thanks again for your help! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Susan

    Last year Costco had organic turkeys. I didn’t notice this year but I wasn’t shopping for meat/poultry.

  • michele

    Tried to buy the ebook this morning, but it is not available!

    • Against All Grain

      I’ll keep you posted as soon as the Amazon version of the Thanksgiving ebook is available! We’re still waiting on the ebook designer to finish converting it to Kindle formatting. Should be soon!