Find out my secret Thanksgiving recipe

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 3 October 2017

Long gone are the Thanksgiving meals that leave me feeling bloated, tired, and wanting to put on my comfy pants an hour after eating. It only took making a few changes to our traditional meal and no one even noticed a difference.

So what's my secret?

I followed one simple rule - real food only.

No longer on the menu are the scalloped or mashed potatoes. No bread basket and no bread stuffing either. Not even ice cream for dessert. So if I'm not serving Thanksgiving staples, what exactly am I serving?

Here is the menu list that I used last year for a meal that served thirteen people:

Roasted turkey

Brussel sprout stuffing

Roasted root vegetables

Roasted beets with goat cheese and walnuts

Green salad

Sausage meat

Sweet potato soufflé

Apple pie

Pumpkin pie

Since the crowd favourite was the sweet potato soufflé I've included that recipe for you below.

Now I would love to hear from you! What is one modification that you can commit to following through with to make your Thanksgiving meal a healthier one? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be back next week with another edition of Doctor As Teacher Tuesday!

Sweet Potato Soufflé
Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin, ND
Original recipe courtesy the Eat Real Food Academy
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 coconut milk or almond milk
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 C
  2. Boil sweet potatoes and drain
  3. Mix all ingredients in food processor
  4. Pour into casserole dish
  5. Bake for 45 -60 minutes


2 Replies to “Find out my secret Thanksgiving recipe”

Angela Darraugh

Hi Michelle,

The menu looks delicious! I’d like to try the sweet potato souffle. I understand the no bread no bread stuffing thing (refined carbs) but can you explain why no scalloped or mashed potatoes? Thanks.


Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Angela,
Sweet potatoes are more nutrient dense so that is why I choose them instead.

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