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What are your Yule/Christmas food plans?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

My boyfriend and I are going to have his parents over at our house for Xmas breakfast and dinner, and since they all eat SAD foods (which I eat every once in a while), I'm going to aim for 80% Primal.

Breakfast is going to be:

-2 batches of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (since there's only 8 per tube)

-Breakfast casserole (egg, cheese, potato)

-Bacon or sausage

Dinner is going to be:

-Ham

-Green beans & carrots

-Baked acorn squash

-Mashed potatoes

-Dinner rolls

What's everyone else got in store?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:32 PM

Yes, this. I eat the skin off the turkey first thing, then store the carcass for broths.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:54 AM

@Tom R, no bourbon for me. :-)) I don't like it! The wildest thing I ever put in my eggnog was melted butterscotch back in my SAD days.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I can relate! At that age someone handed me an old-style vitamin capsule (don't ask me why, I guess they thought I knew to swallow) and I bit into it. For many years if I thought of the incident I could taste the vile liquid and was well into my 20s before I agreed to take a vitamin pill. :-))

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Ahem. Bourbon????

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:23 AM

we also ate tortiere (meat pie) with ketchup, on xmas eve. god, so good.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Here are 2 recipes from the web: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-eggnog/#axzz1gwF9OFDA and scroll down to American Woman's Cookbook on this one: http://paleohacks.com/questions/13802/is-there-a-way-to-get-my-egg-nog-fix-for-the-holidays#axzz1gw8WBRFx

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:06 AM

@Renee, many of the "paleo" ones use coconut milk but I am going to use heavy cream, whole milk, whole eggs, vanilla and perhaps :O a little honey or sugar. That's the recipe I grew up on and I'm only going to make it once so I'm going to make it right. :-))

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Nice, my boyfriends Quebecois family always had cretons on christmas too! After midnight mass they would eat a roasted duck, tortiere the next day for dinner. His grandma used the leftover duck fat combined with bacon grease to make the pastry...not paleo, but so freaking, freaking good.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:51 AM

nance, i wanna make eggnog too - what's a good paleo recipe?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:22 AM

LOL shah78---boyfiend!! Horny caveman?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Okay, I know this sounds bitchy, but I say if you're gonna cheat with wheat, go for something better than processed Pillsbury crap. Like bakery-made butter croissants or something...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I bookmarked your site, Hannah. Thanks!

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I better make the best damn meal of my life on christmas : my whole family is talking constantly about food, and I don't wanna get jealous.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Sounds delicious!!!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Treasure Island! We're in Pinellas Park XD How cool is that?

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:35 PM

My wife and I would like to invite you and your boyfiend over for day after Xmas dinner lunch. We live on Treasure Island. Maybe I'll make a queston out of an invite to all the poor Rays, Bucs and Lightening fans.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 18, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I'm going to be visiting family, so I'm going to be polite and eat the best of what is offered. It will be good homecooked food, which sustained me for many years. I think I can take the weekend to celebrate that tradition with my family.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 18, 2011
at 07:06 PM

On Christmas Eve breakfast will be my usual 2 pcs. of bacon and a portion of chuck steak.

After that I'm going to make ancestral eggnog (may add just a bit of honey,) ancestral brownies and bacon-covered sweet potato chunks. We'll eat the last item warm out of the oven.

I'll roast a free-range turkey and we'll eat the crispy skin and choice bits right away; the nice cuts will go in the fridge and I'll freeze the carcass for a future stew. The brownies will be our dessert.

That night, we'll hit the eggnog and some Lindt's 100% and 85% chocolate. Yum!

I never cook on Christmas; we'll eat any and all leftovers from the fridge as desired.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on December 19, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Ahem. Bourbon????

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 19, 2011
at 12:51 AM

nance, i wanna make eggnog too - what's a good paleo recipe?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 19, 2011
at 01:06 AM

@Renee, many of the "paleo" ones use coconut milk but I am going to use heavy cream, whole milk, whole eggs, vanilla and perhaps :O a little honey or sugar. That's the recipe I grew up on and I'm only going to make it once so I'm going to make it right. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 19, 2011
at 03:54 AM

@Tom R, no bourbon for me. :-)) I don't like it! The wildest thing I ever put in my eggnog was melted butterscotch back in my SAD days.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 19, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Here are 2 recipes from the web: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-eggnog/#axzz1gwF9OFDA and scroll down to American Woman's Cookbook on this one: http://paleohacks.com/questions/13802/is-there-a-way-to-get-my-egg-nog-fix-for-the-holidays#axzz1gw8WBRFx

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:32 PM

Yes, this. I eat the skin off the turkey first thing, then store the carcass for broths.

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on December 19, 2011
at 02:15 AM

I'll be enjoying fellowship with family and friends eating whatever is put in front of me.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:04 AM

Christmas seems like a very easy meal to make paleo! I can't really think of anything I need to change in my family's meal, besides passing on the stuffing.

I work on an organic farm in the summer, so we get a beautiful heritage, free-range, organic turkey that I pick up on Christmas eve, so fresh it hasn't even cooled down in the fridge yet. I roast it hard and fast to get the skin wonderfully crisp and keep it juicy. I cut off the legs at the thigh bone, wrap them in parchment, and roast them alongside the bird to allow them to finish at the same time as the breast meat is done.

We like to do roasted root vegetables (salsify, rutabaga, parsnip, carrots, turnips) in butter with fresh thyme and a touch of honey stirred in at the end. I like roasted brussel sprouts with reduced balsamic vinegar and bacon bits. I usually make roasted garlic mashed potatoes, which I pipe onto a baking sheet and bake quickly in a hot oven, make crispy-edged little "wells" to hold my mom's fabulous pan gravy (she makes it from the turkey neck, giblets, and heart). The totally-non-paleo part: cranberry sauce, made fresh with ginger and hot peppers, so amazing but packs a ton of sugar. It's basically cran-jam, but my brother's favourite part of the dinner and recipe I made up years ago! may have to have a smidgen this year...

For breakfast/appies it's easy: appies are alwasy 5-7 lbs of spot prawns my boyfriend caught the year before. We boil them quick and serve them with garlic butter, amazing and a treat for house guests. Breakfast is cold smoked salmon (lox) from my boyfriend's dad, served with fresh lemon wedges and capers. Perfect breakfast, flavourful, filling, and decadent. Totally paleo!

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:30 AM

We'll have friends over for roast turkey with stuffing, mashed carrots/turnips, maybe brussel sprouts (or other green veggies if we can't find them), cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams or sweet potatoes, stuffed pork loin and pumpkin pies for dessert.

Plus whatever other stuff turns up- we have a crew coming over for supper (not paleo, so we will eat around the excess stuff) I'm making whipped cream for the pies and eating the filling not the crust.

What's a party if you can't have fun?

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on December 18, 2011
at 08:42 PM

We are headed to see our extended family for Christmas. I plan on sharing pickled shrimp, brussel spout slaw, bacon wrapped dates, and homemade peppermint patties.

These recipes will not be posted until after Christmas but you can see all of my other paleo recipes on my food blog.

http://www.thewholekitchen.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I bookmarked your site, Hannah. Thanks!

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:48 PM

My plan - assuming we do not head in to see family in the city - is:

Ham - bone in, slow cooked, molasses/garlic glazed

Green Bean casserole a la` Alton Brown

Cauliflower Faux tatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes

salad

bread dip with veggies instead of bread - family recipe, super awesome

and a fruit tart / pie of some sort with nut crust for dessert - probably strawberry because I have a bunch of frozen whole strawberries

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 18, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Sounds delicious!!!

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:10 PM

Well I am very excited for the Christmas party I plan some thing special for my family.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I'll be staying at my parents place for the holidays. As kids, we used to have Cretons on Christmas morning. It's a French-Canadian pork rillette with cloves and other spices. You spread it on toasted baguette with dijon mustard. Perfection. My parents' concern with "healthy" eating in the 90s meant they gave it up, but I'm determined to bring it back this Xmas and have given dad the heads up. Seems pretty Paleo to me. I also will prepare bacon-wrapped almond-stuff dates for a pre-dinner appie.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Nice, my boyfriends Quebecois family always had cretons on christmas too! After midnight mass they would eat a roasted duck, tortiere the next day for dinner. His grandma used the leftover duck fat combined with bacon grease to make the pastry...not paleo, but so freaking, freaking good.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 19, 2011
at 01:23 AM

we also ate tortiere (meat pie) with ketchup, on xmas eve. god, so good.

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on December 18, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Preparing for a Christmas get-together this very evening. All are SAD eaters beside me and my husband. The menu is gluten-free and virtually bad fats-free (in the sense that there are no industrial seed oils--exception: jarred gravy). Yet I'm feeling confident everyone will be satisfied:

Spice-rubbed Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Herb-Crusted Roast Turkey Breast

Wild Rice Dressing

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pecan Topping

Tossed Green Salad with Homemade Herb Dressing

Traditional Mashed Potatoes and gravy

Fresh-made Apple Sauce served warm

I am not providing the dessert. One of the guests is bringing one knowing we don't eat sweets. The jarred gravy, which we shall not partake, is the only store-bought, processed item.

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:46 AM

I don't see a reason to eat non-Paleo for Christmas dinner. There are such great Paleo alternatives to traditional foods! I've made Paleo versions of Sage Stuffing/Dressing, Mulled Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie, Apple Crumble and more! Recipes for these are all on my blog. Give them a try and I'm sure those non-Paleo friends and family will love them as well.

Stuffing, cranberry sauce, apple crumble: http://angiessuburbanoasis.blogspot.com/2011/12/paleoprimal-christmas-recipes.html

Pumpkin and Pecan Pie: http://northwestcavegirls.com/2011/12/pumpkin-and-pecan-pie/

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:14 AM

I am going to sharing Christmas stories with the world. I have many memories of Christmas, but none as strong as the Christmas I ate a bath oil ball. There I was, early Christmas morning, about 4 years old, eagerly going through my stocking. I pulled out one of those big plastic candy canes filled with what I assumed were rainbow-colored gum balls. And I quickly popped one in my mouth. Only it wasn’t a gum ball. Before my mother could stop me, I bit down and released a gush of oil that I can still taste today.

Squeezer

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I can relate! At that age someone handed me an old-style vitamin capsule (don't ask me why, I guess they thought I knew to swallow) and I bit into it. For many years if I thought of the incident I could taste the vile liquid and was well into my 20s before I agreed to take a vitamin pill. :-))

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on December 19, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Duck confit,cabbage steamed with vinegar and custard pie with almond flour crust. I'm sure there will be more dishes, but that's what I've come up with so far.

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