Ask Juls: Holiday Recipe Edition

Ask Juls: Holiday Recipe Edition

Last year I published a post about my Thanksgiving menu (check it out here!) and a lot of people said it was super helpful. I’ve been asked a ton of times already what foods I’ll eat during the holidays and to point them to yummy recipes. Well, here ya go folks! Here are some tips to make it through the holidays and lots of recipes down below. And FYI, last I counted I was above 101 recipes, so enjoy the extra treats 😉



#ChronicLife Tips for the Holidays:

1. Get familiar with Food Substitutes
  • Use EVOO or Ghee instead of butter.
  • Make coconut sweetened condensed milk (recipe below) or make a dairy free cheese (recipes below too!)
  • Try a can of coconut milk instead of cream or milk.
  • Make your pies with an almond flour crust, instead of a gluten laden one!
  • Use brown rice flour, almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, etc for your baking.
  • Need bread crumbs? Use a mix of almond flour, tapioca starch and/or coconut flour
2. Take a dish with you that you know you will be able to eat.

Try one of the 101 recipes below!!!

3. Do things on your own terms.

There’s no right or wrong way to do the Holidays! Whatever makes you feel happy, comfortable and in control – that’s what you need to do. Pace yourself, avoid triggers that you know will make you sick and DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR IT!!!!

4. Be kind and patient with yourself.

You’re doing the best you can, under the current conditions. If you could do better, you would! So be patient and love yourself above all!

Yummy, Yummy Recipe Roundup:

There are a ton of awesome recipe round ups online (just like this one from the Paleo Diet Recipe Cookbook) Check out these recipes and plan your holiday menu!

Condiments or Ingredients:


Paleo Ranch – Use on salads and as a veggie dip!

Balsamic Vinaigrette 

Italian Dressing – use as a dressing and to marinate meat and veggies!

Sweet Onion Poppyseed Dressing

Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette



World’s Best Paleo Gravy

Gluten Free Gravy

Paleo Umami Gravy Recipe

White Wine & Thyme Cashew Gravy



Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk – use in place of canned sweetened condensed milk

Egg Free Garlic Mayo

Dairy Free Cultured Cream Cheese

Zucchini Cheese



Night Shade Free Salsa

AIP Mango Guacamole 

Garden Salsa

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Dairy Free Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Cranberry Salsa

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Paleo Buffalo Ranch Dip

Easy Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche

Paleo Taco Dip

Seven Layer Mexican Dip



Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta

Paleo Fried Zucchini with Cool Dill Dip

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp w/ Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – use ghee or coconut oil instead of butter

Pumpkin Spice Sweet Potato Fries

Avocado Stuffed Meatballs

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Paleo Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Zesty Marinated Olives

Grain-free Rosemary Olive Oil Crackers

Roasted Cauliflower Poppers

Sweet Pepper Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Ask Juls: Holiday Recipe Edition Spoonie/ChronicLife Tips & 101 Anti-inflammatory Recipes for Thanksgiving & Christmas | itsjustabadday.comSide Dishes:


Beet and Brussels Sprout Salad

Autumn Salad w/ Apples, Pomegranates, Persimmons, Candied Hazelnuts & and Orange Vinaigrette

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Brown Butter Sauce – use ghee in place of the butter!

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Paleo Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Paleo Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Carrots & Mushrooms with Thyme


Mashed Potato Subs

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Squash Mash

Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin

Paleo Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Honey Glazed “Sweet Potatoes” with Homemade Marshmallows



Apple Cranberry Holiday Stuffing

Paleo Low-Carb Stuffing Recipe

Chestnut and Rosemary Stuffing Recipe


Cranberry Sauce

Citrus Cranberry Relish

Cran-Cherry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Ginger


Bread Substitutes

Paleo Biscuits

Paleo Biscuits Recipe

Paleo Dinner Rolls

Grain Free Dinner Rolls

Paleo Pumpkin Biscuits – she also has some other Thanksgiving recipes on this post as well!

Main Dishes:

Paleo Turkey & Stuffing

Paleo Butterfield Big Bird Recipe

Honey and Citrus Glazed Ham

Perfect Smoked Turkey Recipe

Mushroom & Sage Rolled Turkey Breast Recipe

Heritage Turkey & Mashed Parsnips



Pumpkin Roll

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin Pie or try The Best Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Raw, No Bake Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie


Other Pies

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Crumble Recipe

Paleo Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Paleo Pecan Pie Recipe

Apple Pie or try this Apple Pie

Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie

Jungle Pie with Chocolate Crust, Banana Slices & Chunky Coconut Topping Recipe

Apple Crisp

Blueberry Tart

Raw Chocolate Tarts


Ask Juls: Holiday Recipe Edition Spoonie/ChronicLife Tips & 101 Anti-inflammatory Recipes for Thanksgiving & Christmas | itsjustabadday.comCookies

Chewy Thin Ginger Cookies

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips Recipe

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Super Paleo Cookies

The Best Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Paleo Almond Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies  Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cookies 

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Cookies 

Chai Spice Cookies

Paleo Coconut Macaroons 

Almond Cookies  Recipe Topped With Chocolate Avocado Fudge Frosting

Paleo Almond Butter and Chocolate Glaze Muffookies Recipe

Gluten Free Macaroons  Recipe with Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Hazelnut-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Peanut-Free Tagalong Cookies Recipe

Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Cinnamon Icing Recipe

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Paleo Oreo Cookies Recipe

Grain-Free Gingerbread Men Recipe



Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chewy Pecan Pie Brittle

Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Recipe

Cranberry Mint Mousse

Raw Vegan Nutella – spread on any and everything!

Healthy Spiced Nuts

Paleo Pumpkin Sweet Potato Custard

Paleo Dirt Pudding


Pumpkin Mulled Wine – important note: use coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup when making this!

Aloe Vera Margaritas 

Iced Caramel Macchiato 

Paleo Vanilla Low Carb Marshmallow Smoothie 

Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Apple Cider Sangria

Peppermint Mocha

Chai Tea Concentrate

Cranberry Orange Margarita

Paleo Egg Nog

PS. if you can’t make your holiday menu from this list, there’s no hope for you 😉 haha!!

Food can be delicious AND nutritious. Using the right ingredients will not only make your body feel 10000 times better after eating, but will also help give you the fuel you need to make it through the holiday season.

Wishing You A Pain Free Day!

Julie Cerrone | Spoonie, Autoimmune Warrior, Certified Holistic Health Coach, DoTerra Wellness Advocate, 200 RYT Trainee, Reiki 1, Nutrition Geek, ePatient Advocate, IT Consultant, Pittsburgh Based Practitioner Living the Chronic Life