When I first shard the sweet potato chicken popper during the Super Bowl last year, I had no idea how much everyone would love them! My mother in law immediately brought them as a Super Bowl appetizer and told me how popular they were, and their popularity soon followed on Instagram and Pinterest. Since then, I’ve also made a bacon ranch chicken popper, a breakfast chicken popper, and an Asian chicken popper. These are all easy, nutrient dense, and perfect for whole meals and appetizers! Now, to join the ranks, I am so excited to share the Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Popper!
The Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Popper is the ultimate holiday appetizer! Perfect for getting all of the holidays in one bite at a holiday party, or for quieting hungry guests while Thanksgiving dinner is finishing. They’re made with simple, easy to find ingredients and won’t add tons of labor to your holiday food prep. Plus, they taste amazing dipped in cranberry sauce.
The Ingredients You’ll Need For The Cranberry Turkey Poppers
Turkey obviously goes best with the holiday theme, but you can also use chicken. However, I find ground turkey to be easier to find!
You’ll likely already have sweet potato on hand for the holidays, and all you’ll have to do is rice or shred it. I often use a cheese grater to shred it, but you can just as easily use a food processor.
I was skeptical about using fresh cranberries in these and thought I would have more luck with dried… so wrong! The fresh cranberries are amazing and add so much holiday flare!
Rosemary, parsley & sage
You can easily mix up the herbs, but I find these to work best with the flavors.
Coconut flour and coconut oil
Coconut flour isn’t a necessity… they bind without it, but it helps make it more crispy! You can sub other flours are needed… there’s really only 2 tbsp for the whole recipe, so you won’t notice the flavor that much either way.
Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Poppers (Paleo, AIP, Whole 30)
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cup sweet potato, shredded or riced (using a grater or food processor)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 2 tsp sage
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Add the fresh cranberries to a food processor and set it to shred or chop for 10-15 seconds. Remove the cranberries and use a paper towel to clean up any excess juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly combine
- Begin rolling the mixture into small, slightly flattened poppers about one inch in diameter (you'll have about 20-22 poppers) and place them on the cooking sheet
- Place in the oven for 25-28 minutes, flipping half way through
- Crisp further in a pan or place under the broiler if desired for 1-2 minutes to crisp further
- Remove from the oven when thoroughly cooked through
- Serve with cranberry sauce or by themselves
How To Serve The Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Poppers…
Like the other poppers, these are super versatile! Here are some ideas for how to serve them…
- Serve as a holiday dinner appetizer with cranberry sauce for dipping
- Bring to an office or holiday party when you don’t want to cook a whole turkey
- Make throughout the holidays for fun, seasonal lunches and dinners
I hope you love these as much as my husband and I do! Happy holidays, and happy eating 😉
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. I love all of the classic recipes like mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato casserole. So, basically, I love carbs. My plate at Thanksgiving is always so heavy that I can barely get through more the first round! Salad is great, yes, but after seeing some creative recipes for a fall coleslaw around, I wanted to try and create my own variation that’s also paleo, AIP, and whole 30.
This Thanksgiving Coleslaw is the answer to a having a light, fresh, but still seasonal dish for the holidays! Even the colors of this dish are holiday themed! It’s really easy to make, really hard to stop eating, and I’m sure it will become one of your new holiday favorites.
The Ingredients You’ll Need For The Thanksgiving Coleslaw
I recommend getting whole cabbage and slicing in at home for the best finished product, however, you can take a shortcut with pre-cut slaw.
Green apples sliced into match sticks give this dish a little more crunch and some extra tartness.
Make sure you double check the ingredients to get unsweetened cranberries. You can also dry your own at home.
Lots of fresh parsley helps round out the flavor and freshness of the dish!
For the dressing…
You’ll need olive oil (you can also use avocado oil), apple cider vinegar (you can try and sub lemon as well), honey (you can omit this), onion, and coconut cream. The coconut cream is arguably what makes this slaw so addictive. It’s a dairy free alternative to something like mayo or sour cream, and it’s just as good!
Paleo Thanksgiving Coleslaw (Whole 30, AIP)
- 1 head of green cabbage, cored and shredded
- 2 green apples, peeled and diced into match sticks
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (or home made )
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- FOR THE DRESSING
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 tbsp honey (omit for Whole 30)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
- Combine the shredded cabbage, apples, cranberries, and parsley in a large mixing bowl and mix
- For the dressing, whisk together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Next, add the honey, coconut cream, salt, pepper, and onion and stir to combine.
- Pour the dressing into the slaw and mix together to evenly coat
- Serve as a fresh seasonal side dish
How To Eat This Coleslaw…
This is the perfect Holiday side dish to add to your regular spread! It’s fresh, light, crunchy and an awesome way to mix up the same old side dishes.
It’s always a great dish to have on hand for dinner or lunch during the holiday season! Or even when you’re just craving something holiday themed 😉 It makes tons of servings and lasts for a couple of days in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy this fun holiday side dish! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try it 🙂
Stuffing is one of those iconic Thanksgiving dishes that always has to be on the table. I don’t think I’ve been to a Thanksgiving dinner that didn’t have a traditional stuffing. It’s easy, straight forward, and classic… unless you’re paleo or AIP… then things get a little more complicated. Stuffing is mostly bread based which poses some challenges for making it compliant with a paleo or autoimmune protocol diet. But does it have to be bread based? It doesn’t! And this paleo cauliflower stuffing is proof!
Thanksgiving can be super heavy on the starchy carbs which is partially why it’s such a filling meal. This stuffing is much lower carb than a traditional stuffing, and is really made of just veggies! Not only does it make it easier to enjoy more of it, but it’s actually filled with nutrients from all of the veggies!
It has so much flavor that you just might trick some of you grain loving dinner guests into getting in a little more veggies during the holidays! With seasonal herbs, hearty root vegetables, and even some healing broth, this stuffing recipe is one to save for years to come.
What You Need for This Cauliflower Stuffing
This is the base for the stuffing. You can go with bagged cauliflower rice from the store, or just can just as easily rice a whole head of cauliflower in the food processor if you’re trying to save a few dollars.
Sweet potato & carrot
These root veggies make this dish a lot more hearty. You can sub one for the other, but I recommend using both for the best flavor.
Onion & celery
You need both of these crunchy and flavorful veggies to make a good traditional stuffing.
I’m all for adding cranberries to everything during the holidays!
If you can use homemade bone broth for this already nutrient dense side dish, even better! However you can also use a store-bought broth if you’re good on time.
Sage, rosemary and parsley
This stuffing is filled with fresh parsley, making it even more fresh tasting! The other herbs help to add that hearty Thanksgiving flavor as well.
Paleo Thanksgiving Cauliflower Stuffing (AIP & Low Carb)
- 1 head cauliflower, cored and riced
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 3/4 cup bone broth
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp sage
- 1 tbsp rosemary
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 tbsp butter or ghee (or coconut oil for AIP)
- Melt 2 tbsp of cooking fat in a large stock pot (or deep cooking skillet that has a lid) on medium heat
- Sauté the sweet potato for 4-5 minutes or until lightly crispy
- Add 2 more tbsp of cooking fat and sauté the carrot, onion, and celery for 5-7 minutes
- Pour in the cauliflower and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often
- Season with sage, rosemary, salt, and parsley (reserve half for topping) and pour in the bone broth and fresh cranberries. Stir well to combine
- Place the lid on the pot and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the broth is absorbed, remove from heat
- Serve in a large serving dish with extra fresh parsley
So as you can see, this is much more of a veggie side dish than another carb-centric dish. I mean, let’s be honest, I’ll still have tons of higher carb dishes at Thanksgiving! But it’s really nice to mix it up and add in some more veggies!
I hope you enjoy this yummy stuffing throughout the Holiday season! Be sure to tag me on instagram if this made it on to your holiday table. I love seeing your photos!
Today Anne Marie and Michelle are talking to the amazing Candance Moore of Yoga By Candace. We’re diving into her own healing story, her best yoga advice, and more!
Subscribe to the Unbound Healing Podcast on iTunes here!
[00:57] Introduce Candance Moore of Yoga By Candace
[2:18] What Candace is loving
[4:30] Candace’s health story with chronic lyme
[10:30] About the GAPS diet
[20:00] Traveling with food restrictions
[22:30] Top 2 things that helped Candace heal
[24:00] Following intuition
[26:40] Mindset and healing
[29:55] Candace’s yoga story
[33:00] Getting started with yoga
[40:50] Intuitive exercise
[42:50] Starting your own online business
[55:20] Meal of the week
Links we mentioned in the podcast:
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In the world of chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and the pursuit of better health, we’re all very aware that we should be focusing on our gut health. We know that our gut is connected to everything in our body including our immunity, our mental health, and our hormones. We can all assume that we need to be focusing on our gut… but how do we really know what to focus on?
Though it’s true that there are a myriad of things that we can all implement in our lives for better gut health, testing is always best! Here’s the thing… I know that testing is expensive. Trust me, I’ve been around the block with all of these! The tests listed here are thoroughly worth the cost, and two of them can easily be done at home, essentially for free!
First, Why Test Your Gut Health?
I’m a huge advocate for testing and not just guessing. Testing your gut health will help you determine what you need to focus on, whether or not you have any serious issues that need more effort to address, and can help you indicate whether or not you’re on the right track with the changes that you’re making.
Blindly making changes can lead us in the wrong direction, and can sometimes do more harm than good if we adopt that wrong protocol.
Like most things in life, testing isn’t a surefire thing. There is always room for error and false positives and negatives. However, testing will help guide you along much in your gut healing journey than doing it all blindly.
4 Ways To Test Your Gut Health
1. Visual Inspection
This is the first test I will always recommend for determining the health of your gut and digestion. The visual appearance of your poop (yes, we’re using the word “poop” here) is an amazing indicator for what is going on in your gut, how your digestion is working, and what foods you’re are and are not absorbing well.
This can be done every single time you go, and it can change from meal to meal, which is what makes it such a powerful tool.
Here are some of the things to look for and what they mean…
The color of your stool is incredibly telling, and very easy to identify issues! Here are some colors to watch out for….
Pale or greenish-yellow stool – This could be a sign of bile duct obstruction and/or fat malabsorption which is a huge indicator of poor digestion! If this continues, see a doctor to talk about getting your gallbladder checked out and a nutritionist about what you can do to better digest fats .
Black or red stool – This could be sign of internal bleeding and needs to be addressed by a doctor immediately. However, if you’ve recently eaten beets, be sure to take the into account!
Green stool – Eat a lot of veggies? This may be a sign that you’re not digesting them well and that the nutrients may be going to waste! Talk to a nutritionist about improving your digestion, or try cooking your greens.
Yellow stool- This could be a sign of infection or intestinal inflammation and needs to be addressed by a doctor.
Visual & Physical Indicators
Bristol Stool Chart Analysis- Using the bristol stool chart can help identify digestive and gut health issues. Closer to #1 means constipation, and closer to #7 means diarrhea, which are both cause for concern. If you consistently experience something other than type #3 or #4, consider reaching out to a doctor or nutrients.
Floating/Sinking- Floating stool is an indicator of fat in the stool which means you’re not digesting fats well, when stool than immediately sinks is a sign of too many nutrients still in the stool.
Physical straining- Sometimes our digestion varies, yes, and having one episode of physical straining isn’t the end of the world. However, if you find yourself physically straining to go more often than not, that’s a sign that you need to pay attention to constipation issues.
Frequency- How often you go #2 is incredibly important for determining the health of your digestive system. Chronic constipation can put you at risk for microbiome imbalance and infections.
Everyone is different and there is no gold standard for how often you should go, but a good average is somewhere between twice a day, and every other day or so. Again, that’s a general estimation, but if you find yourself running to the bathroom after every meal, or only going a couple of times a week, I would definitely take that as a sign to look further into improving your digestion.
2. The Beet Test
What the heck is the beet test? This is an easy way to test your transit time at home! Finding out how long food stays in your digestive system before it passes can give you insight into whether or not your digestion is sluggish and you’re constipated, or if it’s too fast and you’re not absorbing nutrients.
How You Do The Beet Test…
- Simply eat a meal with beets. I find that raw works best, but this will vary for everyone. Record when you ate the beets.
- Watch and wait for the beets to pass in your stool. You’re looking for a red/purple color.
- Record your results and compare. There is no gold standard, but 24-48 hours is a good general starting point. If you find yours to be way off, or you see a big change in two different beet tests that you’ve done, take your results into account with a doctor or nutritionist.
3. Functional Stool Analysis
If you really, and I mean really, want to get a full view of what exactly is going on in your gut, getting a functional stool analysis is the best way to go. This involves sending a stool sample (preferably over a number of days) to a lab for inspection, and the results can have a dramatic effect on how you go about managing your gut health.
What does it test for? Each test will vary, so you have to be very specific in what you ask your doctor for, but stool tests can generally test for the following…
- Presence of specific strains of microflora
- Certain bacterial or fungal overgrowths
- Nutrient malabsorption (indicating “leaky gut”, fat malabsorption, etc.)
- Enzyme levels
- Parasite infection
How to get one… Working with a functional medicine doctor or an NTP is the best way to get a good quality stool test. I have a post here to help you find a good one.
But isn’t it expensive? Yes! They can be anywhere from $300-600. But if all other attempts at improving your gut health have failed, and you’re really going to work with a doctor to build a custom protocol for you with the information you get from the test, it’s worth it.
4. Lactulose Breath Test
Are you dealing with severe bloating and suspected Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)? This is the test you want to ask your doctor about!
What is it? This test entails altering your diet for about 24 hours, drinking a sugar drink (yes, it’s gross) and taking breath samples over a period of time to test whether or not you have a bacteria overgrowth in your small intestine.
Though it can certainly have it’s fair shares or false negatives and positives, but it’s one that you want to get if you suspect SIBO. Talk to a doctor about ordering one and what to do with your results.
So, now that you’ve determined the problem, what do you do to improve your gut health now?
The million dollar question! The answer? It depends. You need to follow a customized protocol that corresponds on what’s wrong with your gut to really address the issue.
However, here are some general pieces of advice to get you started…
1.Work with a doctor
This is always the best course of action for really customizing your protocol. I have a post on finding a good doctor here.
2. Work on improving your digestion
Almost all of these test can tell you if you’re having problem digesting your food. Exactly what you do will vary depending on what you’re
experiencing, but check out this post I have on 8 steps to improve your digestion naturally.
3. Eat a healing diet.
The exact diet you adopt will be unique to you, however if you’re just getting started or are in need of more guidance, I created a 30 Day Gut Healing Diet Plan that’s full of shopping lists, easy to follow meal plans, and AIP recipes with low-fodmap and GAPS modifications!
It’s an awesome way to get more guidance on gut healing meals, and get new recipes. You can get your copy of the e-book here!
I hope this list of tests was helpful and that you’re able to take advantage of them. Remember… testing and not just guessing is always the best way to go!