🦃 Low Carb Thanksgiving: A Carnivore, Keto & Vegetarian in ONE Kitchen… 😉

I enjoyed a delicious keto-friendly low carb thanksgiving meal on Thursday. But even better than the food… was the company & conversation! ❤

That’s what I love MOST about having finally overcome my binge eating issues, and living a life that totally focused on and revolved around FOOD.

Now I actually ENJOY the people and the occasion itself, which has improved my quality of life dramatically – in ways food never could. 😉

Interestingly I shared Thanksgiving with two other people (my son and his girlfriend) so there was a Carnivore, Keto and Vegetarian all cooking in the kitchen together.

And it worked out beautifully for everyone!

It was a gorgeous 🌞 Thanksgiving day in Tennessee! Slim (my old man dane) was feeling frisky that morning, out romping in the leaves that I really need to clean up.

That made for a fun start to the day! 😉😁🍂🍃🍁🐾🐾

Great Dane enjoying Fall romping in the leaves

Part of the FUN of any holiday is cooking together. 🙂

My son was making the turkey, and his girlfriend was making some vegetarian sides (including starches and carbs I knew I wouldn’t be eating), so I found that nice insulated picnic style bag Aldi sent me awhile back… and packed up some veggies & groceries to add some vegetarian-friendly low carb side dishes to the meal.

Traveling Low Carb - Keto Picnic Bag

What’s in the bag? A variety of things from two quick trips to the grocery store earlier this week…

I was planning to make a simple cucumber tomato feta salad on a bed of fresh baby spinach. And also roast a variety of vegetables: asparagus, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower & snap peas.

The cherry tomatoes & snap peas are higher carb vegetables (for me) but not too terrible, so I had just a few. 😉

Low Carb Groceries

I also picked up a few things at Kroger: 2 avocados, asparagus, fresh baby spinach, frozen & fresh raspberries, fresh blueberries, and coffee of course! 😍👍

The avocado and berries are for a new Raspberry Vanilla Keto Shake I want to try making this weekend.

Keto Groceries

I whipped up some cheesy eggs for breakfast while I packed up my Thanksgiving bag.

I wanted to eat SUPER low carb for breakfast but something filling enough to fuel me through the road trip & then the cooking fun. 😉

LCHF Keto Breakfast

Remember those huge sugar free iced coffees I get at Starbucks? I rarely ever finish them all at once. They’re HUGE! 😉

I put them in the fridge and finish them the next day usually. I enjoyed the rest of this one on the road to spend Thanksgiving with my son and his lovely girlfriend. Still delicious! ❤

A nice treat on the 2 1/2 drive for sure… plus it held me over all afternoon with all that Heavy Whipping Cream in it! 😉

Keto Iced Coffee from Starbucks

Once I arrived I made the cucumber salad first. I simply peeled & diced cucumbers then added diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese, salt & Dukes Mayo. It doesn’t take much mayo, maybe a heaping tablespoon is all. 😍

Keto Sides - Making Cucumber Salad

The salt makes the cucumber “sweat” so it doesn’t take much mayo. I always make this first and then put it in the fridge as it’s better once it all sits together for a bit. 😉

Low Carb Sides - Cucumber Salad

Next I dumped all the veggies onto a foil lined baking sheet and drizzled them with olive oil. It’s: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, green beans & minced garlic – sprinkled with a little garlic powder too. ❤

Low Carb Vegetables - Easy Keto Sides

You can use any low carb vegetables you prefer, of course. I baked them at 400° to desired roastedness. I toss them a few times to get them browned evenly.

Sometimes I like them lightly browned, other times I like them crisped! 😁❤

Roasted Low Carb Vegetables - Easy Keto Side Dishes

Here’s a video of the deliciousness:

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My son made the turkey, his FIRST ever, and it was seriously impressive! Even more so because I’ve never made a turkey in my entire life. LOL

It was seriously the most tender, flavorful & juicy turkey I’ve EVER eaten. 🙂

Keto Thanksgiving Turkey

I had my eye on that beautiful wing and drumstick. 🙂

Low Carb Thanksgiving Turkey

Morgan made some traditional vegetarian friendly sides too so we all had a delicious plate full of foods! Mine included a huge turkey wing with roasted veggies, cucumber salad & a deviled egg.

My keto Thanksgiving plate

I went back for more cucumber salad and another deviled egg too!

There was tons of food leftover as usual, so I made a nice big dish to bring home with me. 🙂

My meals this weekend are all about the huge turkey thigh & drumstick, turkey wing and roasted veggies! 👍❣

Low Carb Thanksgiving Leftovers

My day ended back at home with some treats for Slim… including a new fuzzy Christmas blanket to keep him warm on these cold nights. He loves it!! 🐾❤🐾

Holiday Great Dane

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On the topic of cooking, check out this GORGEOUS colorful kitchen knife set!

6-Piece Colorful Kitchen Knives Set – Non-Stick Stainless Steel Knives with Round PP Handle, Display Gift Box

I scored us a 30% OFF DISCOUNT for these too. Use code: A2GXIXUR 🙂

Beautiful Kitchen Knife Gift Set

I just got mine – they’re really pretty, and UNIQUE! And of course they’d make a great gift. 🙂

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I had such a FUN holiday this week, and I love how EASY it is for people of different “food religions” (preferences, lol) to cook and eat together.

That wasn’t an issue at all, because we all focused on ENJOYING the conversations & prep together in the kitchen, the quality time, and the meal together.

As it should be. 😉

I admit I was tempted by Morgan’s green bean casserole, and her portabello mushroom gravy too! But I was set on “keeping it keto” to avoid inflammation and the pain that causes me – and to avoid the dreaded Keto Flu this coming week, because I have entirely too much lined up to be feeling like crap. 😛

I’m off to heat up some more of that turkey…

How are things going with you?

I’d love to hear how your holiday week went!

Leave a comment and let’s chat.:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

 

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