I'm going to attempt to keep eating low carb throughout the holidays and have found many, many Thanksgiving recipes for low carb sides. Since my mom and grandma will be joining us, I reviewed the options with my mom, who is also doing low carb to an extent, and we've narrowed it down to the selections below. I will add in pictures once I make each dish but you can visit each site for now.
One of the harder things about eating low carb is that you do basically have to make everything from scratch. Low carb options are not readily found or sold in your basic grocery store (although Kroger isn't too bad) and ready-to-eat options are non-existent. Luckily I normally make one dish a day and, for Thanksgiving, it's kind of a tradition to cook everything anyway and I will have help from my mom at least. We will likely make some of it the day before, especially the desserts.
We will be having both turkey and ham; the ham we will cook in the oven and the turkey breast in the Insta-Pot. Last year we had a turkey breast and cooked it in the crock pot; that is the only time I've ever made turkey that was as juicy and tender as what you get in restaurants. We're hoping the Insta-Pot will replicate the results without taking all day. If you have the time, I HIGHLY recommend the slow-cooker method, as does this website: http://www.chelseasmessyapron....
After making all of the below recipes, everything came out very well and I've included a picture of my plate below. Pictures of each of the recipes can be found under their link and review.
Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing
To me, this was the best dish. I made the Cheesy Skillet Cornbread to be used in this several days ago and we tried it on it's own then and it was really good (like, my grandma asked for a second piece good). The deliciousness of the bread carried over when mixed with the other ingredients and this dish came out very flavorful. I didn't use spicy sausage but it was really good with regular ground breakfast sausage. The bread recipe said to cut it into 1-inch squares but those were way too big. I cut each into quarters and you can see they're still pretty big. Next time, I'd just crumble it all; the crumbled bits that mixed in with the other ingredients were the best ones.
Just Like Stuffed Baked Potatoes
While this is very flavorful, you don't think it's mashed potatoes instead of cauliflower. The texture is a bit off as well, slightly grainy. That said, I did get seconds and enjoyed eating it. I did put a little more cheddar than the recipe called for and added some butter so the flavor is very much like a baked potato. If you know what it is and don't expect it to match mashed potatoes, it's a tasty dish.
Green Bean Casserole (halved)
While I used half the green beans, I forgot I was halving the recipe and used a whole pound of mushrooms and the full amounts of the other ingredients. I expect this is part of the reason it tasted so good, with so much sauce for each bean; it made it a bit more like real green bean casserole too. My grandma said this was her favorite dish and even asked for the recipe. Even though the beans were fresh, they weren't tough at all once I followed the cooking instructions. If/when I make this again, I would cut the beans in half as they're a bit long for eating as they are. Also, the recipe called for traditional french fried onions as topping, which really aren't too bad carb-wise. I, however, had received some "onion ring clusters" as one of the items in a Keto Krate and used them as a topper instead. As you can see, some burnt a little but we covered it with foil and they were fine.
Sweet Potato Casserole (halved) - the author must've changed the recipe as this link is different than what I printed, with maple syrup instead of sugar substitute equal to 1/4 cup of sugar.
I thought this came out pretty close to real sweet potato casserole. My brother is a snob on this food but even he got seconds. At the end of the meal, this was the most empty pan, so I'm sure he wasn't the only one (there's only four of us and there's less than a third of the pan left) Unfortunately, sweet potatoes are pretty high in carbs so this was the highest carb dish we had but served as my dessert. I added the marshmallows, which are low-carb and sugar free.
Bacon Asparagus Twists (left out the pastry)
These took quite a bit longer to cook than the recipe stated, mostly for the asparagus to get done. That said, the bacon does add great flavor (of course) and made the asparagus quite edible (can you tell I'm not a traditional fan). We used whole strips of bacon rather than trying to cut them in half lengthwise as stated in the recipe, too hard. We also used some thick-cut bacon on about half and advise against it; we had to cook those almost twice as long for the bacon to cook.
Caramel Pecan Pie Squares
I made these last night, along with the pumpkin pie below and prepping a couple of the sides to be heated today. The Caramel Pecan Pie Squares were the only thing we actually ate any of and I think they came out pretty good. While it doesn't live up to actual pecan pie, it had a good caramel flavor and roasting the pecans really added some savory-ness to them. I'm not a fan of pecans but they were really good roasted. I halved the crust recipe but my brother claimed it was still too thick and dry.
I did also buy canned Cranberry Jelly and a packet to mix with water and make gravy. The Cranberry Jelly is 25 carbs per serving but I've never liked it and won't be eating any, it's for the others who are coming. The gravy was only 5 or so carbs per serving; I don't typically use a lot of it either, if any, so I'm okay with that.
The turkey came with a gravy packet that you just add water to, so we used that instead. I doubt it was very low carb and didn't have any (I don't usually add gravy anyway).