Organic Thanksgiving meals better for the whole family

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email


Serves 8

3/4 cup Coconut Flour

1/2 cup Pecan Halves (Toasted)

8 Tablespoons Chilled butter (or Coconut Butter)

2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar

1/4 Tablespoon Sea Salt

5 Large Eggs

1 cup Honey

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Coconut Milk

1 14 oz. can pumpkin

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

FOR THE CRUST - Toast pecans in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 10-15 minutes,stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Combine coconut flour, pecans, butter (or coconut oil), coconut sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined and pecans are finely chopped. Add three of the eggs and pulse until a dough forms. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

FOR THE FILLING - In a large bowl, whisk together two of the eggs, honey, vanilla, and coconut milk. Stir in pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix until all ingredients are well combined and pour into prepared crust. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into center of pie. Cool before serving.


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Pesticides, herbicides and larvicides are not things you would intentionally feed your family, but many non-organic foods have those chemicals in or on them them.

Having an organic lifestyle is beneficial, but even changing a couple dishes in your holiday meal plans to eliminate toxins can help.

A free-range, organic turkey will be raised in good conditions making it less likely to get infections. They are not treated with antibiotics or hormones and are given chemical-free feed.

Non-organic turkeys are fed with corn and soy that are often genetically modified, which Nutritional Health Coach Dustin McFarland said can hurt your body, "Your liver is going to have to filter those toxicity's, it can definitely store those toxicity's in you and can also store a lot of toxicity in body fat."

Buying organic is slightly more expensive, but health experts said it is worth it.

Kim Jernigan has been eating organic for a few years and said unlike what some may think, the taste of the food is better and it is not any harder to make than non-organic meals.

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