A Very Paleo Thanksgiving: Paleo Sweet Potato Pecan Stuffing

By on November 19, 2014
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Hello, hungry Paleo dieters everywhere! I’m back at home in these États-Unis to gobble and give thanks alongside my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and related pets in a farmhouse in mid-Michigan. As you probably know, the American Thanksgiving is just nine days away, leaving many of us Paleo dieters a BIT panicked. A Paleo Thanksgiving. What does that even mean?

After all: my past self looked to the normal Thanksgiving stuffing (with that delicious, soft breading and incredible herbed flavor) with zeal. Therefore, this first year (after about nine months of solid Paleo dieting), I’ve decided to come up with my very first Paleo Thanksgiving stuffing for all of you to test out on your own turkey day!

Benefits of Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing

Let’s talk about the benefits of this awesome Paleo stuffing (the very meal currently stuffing me to the brim with awesome nutrients and a hankering for a nap).

Obviously, the stuffing centers on Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a starch, sure, and shouldn’t be consumed all the time if you’re looking to lose weight. However, they are pulsing with vitamin A, manganese, potassium, and fiber. Vitamin A brings a healthy immune system and further works to help your body build new, vibrant cells. (That’s why when you eat a lot of vitamin A, your hair and skin absolutely glow.)

Also, this Paleo Thanksgiving stuffing contains pecans, which are heart-healthy tree nuts that contain tons of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These elements are essential to boost your heart health. Furthermore, pecans have been shown to promote hearty digestive systemswhich fuels ready vitamin and nutrient pick-up.

Let’s talk about thyme, shall we? Thyme has been utilized for thousands of years to rectify respiratory maladies. It has serious anti-oxidant powers to protect your cells from cancer. Furthermore, it can boost brain health if taken alongside omega-3 fatty acids (found in the pecans and the almonds)!

Therefore, your body can’t afford NOT to gobble up this Paleo Thanksgiving stuffing this holiday season. (Even if you reside outside of the United States, you should look to this hearty salad for cell repair and general, overarching tasty joy.)

Paleo Thanksgiving: Paleo Sweet Potato Pecan Stuffing

Recipe Makes 8 Servings.
1 1/4 cup pecans
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2 1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 peeled and diced sweet potatoes
3 grated carrots
4 diced celery stalks
3 minced garlic cloves
4 chopped leaves thyme
8 chopped leaves sage
salt and pepper to taste
Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread all the pecans and almonds out onto a baking sheet and bake them for seven minutes. After seven minutes, stir the nuts with a spatula to turn them over. Bake them for an additional seven minutes before removing them and allowing them to cool.
Next, slice and dice the sage and thyme and position them together to the side.
Pour half of the allotted extra-virgin olive oil into a skillet. Cook the peeled and sliced sweet potatoes and the carrots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until they brown on all sides. This should take about seven minutes. Remove the carrots and the sweet potato and place them in a large bowl.
Next, add the garlic cloves and the celery stalks to the skillet, adding the other half of the allotted oil. Salt and pepper the mixture and allow it to cook on medium for about five minutes.
After five minutes, keep the heat on medium and bring everything into the skillet: the nuts, the initial vegetables, and the herbs. Cook them together, stirring all the time, for five minutes. Enjoy your Paleo stuffing!

About Megan White

Megan White is a Paleo diet food fanatic running around the world, searching for the most nutritional tasty treats in every country she can find. Follow her on her journey as she dodges sugar cravings, works to better her mind and body, and picks up some creative Paleo diet recipes along the way.

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