have a paleo Friendsgiving!

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgivingkah!  I had a very nice long weekend visiting with family and taking a short breather from work.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, a lovely group of paleo NYC ladies got together for a...

Paleo Friendsgiving! 

Rebecca invited us to a potluck Thanksgiving meal at her apartment, and I couldn't wait to meet, mingle, and munch!  All the food would be paleo (grain-free/gluten-free/dairy-free (mostly)/sugar-free/refined-seed-oil-free...basically just real food).   If you follow on Instagram, then you saw some of the festivities as they were happening, but I've finally gotten around to sharing it with you all here on the blog.

As it was a potluck, we each brought something of our own!  We had a spreadsheet to make sure that the meal would be complete.  My dish was brussels sprouts, and I couldn't be happier.


I found these massive beauties and got to work following the fried brussels sprouts recipe from the Against All Grain cookbook (read my book tour recap and recipe review here).

They came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.

After taste testing one or two or five, I packed them up and made my way to Rebecca's.  I was greeted by her adorable dog, Elvis, who I declared my new best friend and spent the evening plotting how to bring her home with me.

Rebecca had dared to make her own kombucha, so I was excited to have my first taste!  I'd never had it before, so I didn't know what to expect, but it was quite delicious!  Check that off the list, now, too, and add it to my continuous dare-to list!

Rebecca was also cooking the dish of honor -- the Thanksgiving turkey.  It was her first, and she aced it:

Nicely done!

Carving the turkey proved to be a three-woman job, though...

Julie checking instructions while Amber got to work

Hahaha hard work! 

We talked, sipped our wine and kombucha, and played with Elvis for a good while.  I caught up with old friends and got to know some great new friends!  As always, it was incredible spending time with like-minded people who value health and well-being in the same way I do.

Catching up with Amber

Finally, all the dishes were ready and dinner was served!

Thank you to Diane Sanfilippo and Danielle Walker for so many of the recipes that inspired this meal!
Find their paleo/grain-free cookbooks on Amazon,
including Danielle Walker's Thankful, 20 Thanksgiving and Holiday Gluten-free and Paleo Recipes


Danielle Digging In

And dessert happened, too.  The pumpkin cookies were out of this world, and I swooned over Amber's chocolate pecan pie.

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Thank you, Rebecca, for hosting us, and thanks to all the wonderful women at our friendsgiving for the good eats and fun night! I look forward to seeing you all again, soon!

Have you ever partaken in a "friendsgiving"?  Share your stories below!

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