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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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  • Saundra

    I have not made your famous bread with the cashew butter as I haven’t been able to find it at an affordable price. Any suggestions?? The 16 oz jar of artisana on amazon is $18 ….. Eeek!! That makes this bread over $20 for a loaf!!
    I have your cookbook … love many of the recipes I’ve tried

    • Against All Grain

      You can make cashew butter from raw cashews and a high speed blender! Otherwise I’ve seen it in stores for $14 a jar which yields 2 loaves.

    • Sabrina

      It’s on the vitacost website for $14 right now.

  • http://cookingquinoaintheutilityroom.wordpress.com/ Deanna

    Hi there, Danielle! I am an avid reader and recreator of all recipes “against all grain” .. Although I am a bit wary of online purchases, so it doesn’t look like I will get the privilege of experiencing your Thanksgiving ebook. Anyhow, would you be so kind to at least share the cranberry sauce recipe :) ? If not, it’s ok.

    • Against All Grain

      Amazon is a very safe and trusted website, I assure you. However, if you feel uncomfortable purchasing online, I am sure that there are many other wonderful Paleo cranberry recipes available online.

  • Lauren Larson

    I just purchased your thanksgiving ebook and I am so excited to make the recipes inside! I have a question about the gravy. How well does it freeze?

    • Against All Grain

      I have not tried to freeze it.

  • Alyson

    Hi, Danielle.

    Thanks so much for all of your great recipes. I have a quick question for you. Could I make the cashew bread this weekend and then freeze it until I’m ready to make the stuffing next Wednesday?

    Thanks!

    • Against All Grain

      I have not personally tried to freeze, so I honestly don’t know.

  • Marcie

    Thank you so much for putting this ebook together! I am so excited to cook! Where can I find the champagne vinegar for the salad? Is it gluten free?

    • Against All Grain

      Champagne vinegar is readily available at grocery and health food stores, or online. It is gluten free.