Of course you can make a grand, five-course Thanksgiving dinner in less than 20 net carbs! It’s easier than you think when you balance your carbs. For example, if some of your favorite low-carb holiday dishes are higher in carbs than others, then you may want to pair those with some lower-in-carb dishes so you can make it all work out. That way you can feel good about your holiday dinner without the nagging guilt.
Here is our simple five-course Thanksgiving dinner in less than 20 grams of net carbs (it's actually 15 net carbs, so you can eat some extras 😊). Some dishes include Thanksgiving classics, like stuffing (made keto-friendly) and pumpkin pie (made sugar-free and crustless). Instead of turkey, we’ve selected a tasty whole, roasted chicken. But that can easily be swapped out for turkey for a more traditional dinner. We’ve also included our favorite broccoli salad and cauliflower mashed “potatoes” (you won’t go missing regular mashed potatoes with these!).
All these dishes are simple to make, and several can be made ahead including the broccoli salad, keto stuffing and pumpkin pie. And since these dishes are deliciously flavorful, you won’t feel like you’re comprising a thing on one of the best holidays!
Our Five-Course Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
The main entree is a keto spatchcock chicken (0.8g net carbs) seasoned with thyme, rosemary, and garlic. If you’ve never cooked a whole bird spatchcock-style before, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. While turkey would be a more traditional pick, this spatchcock chicken takes less time and is juicy and flavorful. Plus it's a recipe you’ll be more likely to re-use throughout the year. Get the recipe and nutrition info here.
No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without stuffing, so we've paired the chicken with our Perfect Keto Stuffing (5.3g net carbs). It combines classic stuffing spices with store bought keto bread, sausage, and mushrooms to create a hearty stuffing that will fill you up. And this keto stuffing is perfect since it tastes just as good as the real thing! Get the recipe and nutrition info here.
We devour this keto broccoli salad any time it's made — it's the best! It's a simple cold salad made with crunchy, raw broccoli, slivered almonds, red onion, grated cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and a sweet and tangy dressing. It’s a make-ahead salad, which is ideal on Thanksgiving day when the kitchen gets busy! Each serving is 3.6 grams of net carbs. Get the recipe and nutrition info here.
Not yet sold on mashed cauliflower? Then you need to try these Boursin cauliflower mashed “potatoes.” They’re so creamy, smooth, and full of cheesy, garlic-herb flavor that you won't go missing regular mashed potatoes. Plus, they’re quite filling. This cauliflower mash is only 3 ingredients and takes 15 minutes to make. Each serving is 5.6 grams of net carbs. Get the recipe and nutrition info here.
Still have room for pumpkin pie? You won’t miss the crust on this sugar-free, crustless pumpkin pie! It's because this pie is rich, bursts with pumpkin flavor, and is silky smooth! It tastes like the real deal — just without the crust. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and is only 4.5 grams net carbs per slice. Get the recipe and nutrition info here.
There you have it. A complete alternative Thanksgiving day dinner menu that's close to the real thing except easier and less carbs. If you want to change up the menu, you can swap with another recipe from one of our Thanksgiving round-ups including 10 Low Carb & Keto Thanksgiving Sides and Keto Thanksgiving Recipes with Minimal Effort.
Last but not least, let's remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving is being thankful. We are thankful more than ever for the health and well-being of friends and family. We'd also like to thank the readers and followers who've joined us in exploring simpler and healthy low-carb recipes this year. Wishing you the best this holiday season!