Transforming My Thanksgiving Tradition

Why do I love Thanksgiving so much? Besides the Fall weather and crispy leaves, I love Thanksgiving because it revolves around my favorite thing: FOOD. Before my food restricted AIP days, I would look forward to this day every year to just pig out and gorge on my all-time favorite food, stuffing. Why stuffing? I don’t know exactly – perhaps it’s because I grew up in a Polish household where we are big bread and butter lovers. Or maybe it’s because my Mother only ever made the Stouffers-out-of-the-box stuffing at home. Either way, I was so pumped every year because I got to eat the “real” stuff, not Stouffers…

For as long as I can remember, we always had two types of stuffing at our Thanksgiving table: 1. Made inside the bird and 2. Made outside the bird. Yes, both taste different, but I didn’t discriminate, I ate and loved both. I even smuggled tupper-ware containers to take leftovers home to munch on for days (a.k.a. hours) afterwards. Now that I’m beyond conscious about what foods go into my body, (normal people) bread is unfortunately not one of them. However, in an effort to make my Thanksgiving tradition back to life, I’ve partnered with Whole Foods to create a SUPER-EASY version of stuffing to satisfy my annual craving:

Stuffing {AIP & Paleo versions}

Ingredients (6 Servings):

1 Large Organic Sweet Potato

2 Stalks of Organic Celery

3 Slices of Barely Bread’s Raisin Cinnamon Bread

1 Small Organic onion

3 Slices of no sugar Pederson Natural Farms bacon

2 Large Organic Dates

1 Large Organic Carrot

3-4 Stalks of Organic Asparagus

4-5 Tbsp of Organic Coconut Oil

1 Splash of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

A giant mixing bowl

Pinch of Ground Basil leaves, Pink Sea Salt, & Pepper


1. Warm up the oven to 350 degrees. Cube up the Slices of Barely Bread and put in the oven for about 15 minutes.

2. While the cubes are crisping up, begin dicing up the sweet potato, celery, asparagus, carrots, and bacon. Also finely dice up the onion.

3. Take out the bread cubes and put into the mixing bowl. Once the items in#2 are diced up, place in the bowl as well.

4. Add in ground basil, sea salt, pepper, and coconut oil, then mix with your hands so every item gets coated.

5. Dump contents into a baking dish and spread evenly. Drizzle the top with the splash of coconut milk and toss in oven for 40-45 minutes.

6. Once crispy golden brown, take a giant spoonful (or four). Sure, I miss the normal-people-carby goodness, but I swear, this is a hella fire substitute,

(For AIP, omit the pepper & bread, then add in extra veggies)



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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! XO

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