Healthy Cuban-Style Thanksgiving Menu on a Budget

Healthy Cuban-Style Thanksgiving Menu on a Budget #glutenfree

Thanksgiving is almost here and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a healthy Thanksgiving meal for my family. My children and I are Cuban American, and I grew up eating traditional Cuban foods, so I plan on making Thanksgiving a bit more Cuban-ish.

Cuban food is already fairly healthy, it’s just a bit heavy on the starches. I decided to incorporate a lot of pineapple in order to make the meals healthier, while also keeping with the Caribbean flair,

I must admit, my desserts that I’ve listed are not very Cuban. Flans require far too many eggs for me to be comfortable using, and my husband doesn’t like guava. The whole family likes pumpkin and sweet potatoes, though, so I decided to just add desserts with those as the focus.

All of this cost me roughly $30. I managed to keep the prices low because I watched sales and ad matched when I could. I also managed to get my 12lb. turkey for only about $.90lb. I’d say that $30 isn’t bad for a Thanksgiving feast for 4 people. Not to mention, there’s bound to be a few days worth of leftovers, plus bone broth made from the leftover turkey bones.

Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Main Dish

Pavo Relleno con Moros – Cuban Turkey with Black Bean Stuffing (My husband is allergic to beans, so I plan on doing a wild rice stuffing instead. I’ll also probably will not be using bacon, since I don’t have any and I’m too lazy to go buy some.)

Green Beans

Side Dishes

Fried Sweet Plantains (I fry mine in coconut oil.)

Holiday Pineapple Stuffing (I’ll be using gluten-free bread.)

Green Beans (Just lightly steamed with salt and pepper.)

Papas Rellenas – Cuban Potato Balls (I plan on stuffing these with wild rice stuffing. I’ll also be cooking them in coconut oil.)

Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake Recipe


Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake

Sweet Potato Empanadas (Coconut oil in place of olive oil. I’m going to try to make these with gluten-free all purpose flour.)

What do you plan on eating for Thanksgiving? 

Green bean photo courtesy of Pixabay

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