Thanksgiving And Thyroid Friendly Recipes Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday

Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. It's a day to count our blessings and be thankful for all of the goodness we have in our lives. 

It's a day to be with family and loved ones and prepare a feast together. 

My husband and I started making our own version of Thanksgiving dinner right after we got married. Over the last few years, as I have changed my diet from the Standard American Diet to a gluten free/dairy free diet, then Paleo diet, then my own diet, our Thanksgiving dinner has evolved quite a bit!

I am grateful for my supportive friends and family who have gone out of their way to make special meals and take me to special restaurants. 

I feel so blessed to be where I am today, compared to the beginning of my Hashimoto's journey...when I slept under two blankets in my Los Angeles apartment, when I had constant brainfog and needed to sleep for 11 hours to feel rested, when I was anxious all of the time, when I was losing my hair, when I had carpal tunnel in both hands,  when I was addicted to caffeine and sugar... when I felt that I couldn't do anything.

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, it became a butterfly"

This is a very personal quote from my Hashimoto's journey. I thought my life was over as a result of this diagnosis, but I now realize that Hashimoto's has made me a better person, the person I am today. 

Mark Hyman, MD once said: "I didn't choose this type of lifestyle, my body chose for me", and this really resonates with me.  

I now realize that it was my lifestyle that had everything to do with me getting an autoimmune condition and I encourage all of you to start making positive changes.

I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share my health journey with all of you, and hope that my experience helps you on your journey! 

My hubby and I are making Thanksgiving dinner again this year, and will be joined by my parents, brother, my brother's wonderful fiancee and her sister. We wanted to make something that would be tasty and nutritious for all of our guests, whether they follow a Paleo, Standard American Diet or Vegetarian Diet :) We have been working on the menu, recipes and shopping list for the last few days, and I'm excited to share our menu, recipes and shopping list with all of you! All of the meals are gluten, dairy, soy, and grain free and nutrient dense. 

Wishing you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Here's Your Thyroid Friendly Thanksgiving Menu!


  • Lentil Dip

First Course

  • Pumpkin Carrot Curry Soup

Main Course

  • Salt and Herb Rubbed Turkey


  • Cranberry Orange Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Broccoli Bacon Veggies
  • Root Veggie Bake
  • Desserts
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Baked Pears
  • Pumpkin Custard

(Adapted from Living Without)

For a moist and tender bird with crispy brown skin, apply this rub a day in advance. The rub will be rinsed off before baking, so no worries about it becoming too salty.


  • 1 unfrozen turkey (I prefer free range)
  • 2 cups gluten free broth or pear juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Mix rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl 
  2. Rub salt mixture on the inside cavities and outside the turkey
  3. Refrigerate for 8-24 hours
  4. The following day after preheating the oven to 450 degrees, rinse the turkey to remove salt rub and transfer to roasting pan
  5. Add broth/pear juice to roasting pan
  6. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes at 450 degrees, then remove from oven and lower to 325 degrees.
  7. Tent turkey with foil and return to oven
  8. Baste turkey every 45 minutes and bake according to roasting guide per weight: 
  9. Remove foil cover 30 minutes prior to end time. 
  10. Remove turkey from oven when internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit 
  11. Replace foil tent and let sit for 30 minutes



Your Thyroid Pharmacist,
Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D.

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What a great menu! I had no idea what to make for dessert.... thank you!! I can't wait to make the pumpkin custard, I'm sure it will become a family favorite. Thank you for being such an inspiration and advocate for all of us with hashimotos.
Tami, It's pretty yummy. I made two batches last year:) Thank you for your kind words and I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
I love all these tips you give. I just had my whole thyroid removed because I had nodules with two types of cancer. what should I be doing now to remain healthy? I did go through radioactive iodine treatment 2 weeks ago and I praise God my scan was clear of all cancer. I haven't had good luck trying to order your book. I went on Amazon and ordered what I thought was your book and it ended up being the wrong one, I on a pretty strict budget right now. I need to know what supplements to take and the right way to eat. Thank you
Hi Diana, It's really important for you to optimize your medications and also may help to address any underlying immune system issues. Check your email, I just sent something over for you :)
The topping for the sweet potato bake sounds like it would make a good crust for pumpkin pie.
Great suggestion Laura! Going to be making my pies tomorrow and may experiment a little :)
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Oh goodie! Thank yo sooooo much for this menu. I am now emerging from my Thanksgiving menu doldrums! Yummy ideas!
I cannot access your recipes in the link you provide. Is there something you can do on your end to remedy the problem. I would like the pumpkin custard recipe and broccoli bacon veggies. Thank you.