This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Pear Chutney is a Fall meal at its best and a staple at my family holiday dinners! The perfect simple and flavorful dish to please a crowd!
Easy Boneless Turkey Breast Recipe
I absolutely love all the fall and winter holidays, for two reasons. The first is that it brings all my family together. Second, it means we all get together and cook and eat ALL the best comfort food. For my family, a turkey roast is always on the menu (along with Nanny’s famous rolled cabbage, brisket, and Sweet and Sour Meatballs). I grew up eating this delicious turkey roast, so I have to give a big Lexi’s Clean Kitchen shout out to my amazing mom who made this constantly! She’s not a huge cook, so trust me when I say that you will not believe how simple this is to throw together!
This turkey breast roast is a little different than the Stuffed Turkey Breast I have on the site. For one, this roast isn’t stuffed, but conveniently left in the butcher’s twine and cooked as is. And this recipe is made sweet and savory, thanks to the pairing of this easy pear chutney. It’s the perfect fall meal, small Thanksgiving feast or winter holiday dinner meal. I know we’ll likely have it on our menu this year, and I hope you give it a try too!
Ingredients Needed for Boneless Turkey Breast Roast
Boneless Turkey Breast Roast
Chicken or Turkey Broth
Sea Salt and Pepper
I paired this turkey breast roast with the most delicious pear chutney. It’s simple to makes and really makes this dish special. I love that salty and sweet combination this dish has.
How to Roast a Boneless Turkey Breast
First, place the boneless turkey breast in a roasting dish.
Rub oil, spices and grated garlic on top of the turkey breast. Then add onions and broth to the baking dish.
Bake for 1-2 hours until the meat thermometer reaches 170 °F while basting every 30 minutes.
Once it’s done cooking let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with pan drippings before serving.
Sides to Pair with this Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe
Make the chutney: In a medium saucepan, heat oil for about 2-3 minutes until hot. Add in onions and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add raisins and let cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in everything else and stir well. Let simmer for 10 minutes, until sauce thickens and pears are fork tender. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Bake for 2 1/2 hours until the meat thermometer reaches 165 °F (adjust cooking time for the size of the roast you buy). Every 30 minutes, make sure to baste the turkey by spooning a few spoonfuls of sauce over it. During this basting process, check the temperature of the turkey breast. The baking time will change depending on the size of the turkey roast you choose!
Before serving, baste again with the onion/juice mixture!
Serve and enjoy!
Note: Make sure to baste the turkey! Every 30 minutes carefully pour a little of the broth over the turkey until the turkey is fully cooked and the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’ve volunteered to host your loved ones for this all-important meal, you might be feeling just a litttttle overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! With a little extra thought, planning, and this Thanksgiving Checklist, you can cut a lot of the stress out of the experience and give your guests an amazing Turkey Day experience.
The holidays (Thanksgiving, in particular) are a time for gratitude, and I know you’re going to be especially grateful for this pre-Thanksgiving checklist. Start working your way through it as early as you can for minimum stress levels. You’ve got this!
Your Ultimate 2019 Thanksgiving Checklist
How to keep calm and carry on this Turkey Day.
1. Finalize your guest list. Before you can really dig into the details of your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need to finalize the all-important head count for the meal. It might feel a little awkward to hound friends and family members for their RSVP to Turkey Day, but the sooner you start, the more comfortable you’ll feel following up with them as the big event approaches. Check in with people who usual celebrate Thanksgiving with you to see if they’ll be joining you again, and extend invites to new attendees ASAP. You can even step up your game by sending pretty paper or digital invites.
2. Check on allergies and other dietary restrictions. As loved ones confirm that they’ll be coming to Thanksgiving, check to see if there are any allergies or other restrictions that you should know about. This will give you a chance to plan your menu with those limitations in mind and will avoid a last-minute rush to come up with at least one dish that your friend or family member can enjoy. If your guest offers to bring a dish or two that will fit into their diet, don’t argue with them about it — welcome it!
3. Confirm what guests are bringing. Make a list of the Thanksgiving dishes that you don’t especially love to make and then outsource it to one of your relatives! If you have some ideas of side dishes or desserts that you’d like to delegate, you’ll be much more prepared when guests ask how they can help… which they probably will.
5. Consider your quantities. You know who’s coming and you know what you’re making. But how much do you need to make? This handy chart is a great place to start! In addition to turkey, I like to offer guests two sides plus a soup or three sides. If your loved ones are bringing their own contributions to dinner, the more, the merrier!
6. Place your ButcherBox order! You know how much I love my friends at ButcherBox… and they are especially wonderful friends to have come the holiday season. ButcherBox is a meat delivery subscription company that allows you to curate a box of high-quality proteins that are then delivered right to your door. Their beef is grass-fed and grass-finished, their pork is heritage breed, and their chicken is all free-range and organic. And they offer turkey for Thanksgiving, so get your order placed ASAP! New ButcherBox customers can even get a free turkey with their first box.
7. Check your kitchen supplies. No one wants to find themselves starting prep for the Thanksgiving feast onThanksgiving morning and suddenly short on tools and utensils necessary for their recipes. Get ahead of this problem by reviewing your supply inventory with a few weeks to spare! We love our favorite meat thermometer! This will give you plenty of time to pick things up and might even inspire you to treat yourself to a few new (and useful) items.
8. Lay out a cooking schedule. Roughly one week before the big day, sit down with your recipes and make a plan. What can you make ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate? What dishes need to be made in a few phases or over a few days? What needs to wait until the morning of? Use this info to lay out a cooking schedule. It might also help you make a plan for grocery shopping!
9. Get to the store early. A supermarket is probably the last place anyone wants to be on Thanksgiving morning… or even the night before. Once you’ve made your cooking schedule, you’ll have a better idea of what ingredients need to be picked up and by when. If these ingredients are coming from different places (multiple grocery stores, wine stores, farmers markets, etc.), make a list of where you’ll need to go to buy each item so you can condense those errands and avoid multiple trips. Get in — and out — early to avoid the Turkey Day crowds.
10. Prep ahead! Take every opportunity to prepare dishes ahead of time. Desserts and salads can often be made and chilled until the actual meal, and casserole dishes (like stuffing) can be prepped in advance and then heated before eating. The more you prepare in advance, the less stressed you’ll be on actualThanksgiving, when you’d probably like to spend more time with loved ones.
11. Chop veggies ahead of time. If nothing else, you can probably prep some of your produce in advance. Chop the vegetables you need for Thanksgiving recipes on Tuesday or Wednesday so you can quickly toss them in when it’s time for Thursday’s final prep.
12. Set the table. You can also be proactive with your table setting! Set out any tablecloths and centerpieces you’ll be using in advance. Assuming you don’t eat at your Thanksgiving table on a daily basis, you can do this days ahead of time… and you can even put out plates and utensils! If your family eats regular meals at your Thanksgiving table, you can still get all of your table setting supplies organized and ready to go a few days before so that the process is faster before the feast. If you have to move tables and chairs to accommodate your guests, try to do that ASAP, as well, so you’re not scrambling for heavy lifting volunteers minutes before it’s time to eat.
13. Add some creative touches. Nothing adds extra coziness to a holiday meal like a DIY centerpiece or place cards. This is a great way to get kiddos involved, too!
14. Recruit help in the kitchen! Just because you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your home doesn’t mean you should have to do all the work. Invite willing guests to come over in the morning to help get things moving in the kitchen and resist the urge to decline their assistance. Cooking can be such a fun group activity! Little ones, especially, will love getting the chance to contribute to such a special meal.
15. Don’t forget to enjoy! Hosting your loved ones for such a meaningful occasion is bound to be at least a little stressful, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Remember to take time to enjoy moments with your friends and family… and to enjoy all the delicious food you made for them!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning! We’ve got a great list of our best Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes starting with brunch and ending with dessert. These healthy but super delicious recipes will be loved by all!
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes
We’ve compiled a list of our BEST recipes for Thanskging. Some are traditional (like roasting a turkey) while others are just plain delicious (I’m looking at you Ultimate Mushrooms). Scroll through to see our favorite LCK Thanksgiving Recipes that everyone is going to love!
Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes
If you are hosting family from out of town for the holiday, sometimes it isn’t just the big meal you have to think about. However, not everyone has the (space) or time to create a massive brunch. We’ve compiled a list of some easy breakfast recipes to feed a crowd!
Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake This Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast is made up of Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries and comes together in a pinch and made using only ONE PAN. It’s a great one pan breakfast bake that is perfect for a brunch to feed a crowd with little to no mess!
Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats This Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe is the best make-ahead breakfast, and you can make a big batch of it, if you need. It’s creamy (without any dairy) and bursting with seasonal orange, cranberry and pecan flavor. It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep. Make the night before, and heat up as needed throughout the morning.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake This oatmeal bake is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to feed a brunch crowd, and it’s easy to make. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. Keep it all about the pumpkin flavor as-is, or add in chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries for a twist.
Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast Try this non-recipe recipe for an easy breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD.
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Side Dishes
Side dishes are for some the BEST part about a Thanksgiving dinner, and we’ve got quite the list for you!
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce: This recipe is made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: This classic casserole makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along
Easy Gluten-Free Cornbread This sweet, moist and tender cornbread is super simple to put together! This cornbread is, of course, gluten-free and also with some easy swaps can be made dairy-free as well!
Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing This sweet and savory stuffing is packed with herbs and cranberries and the best gluten-free cornbread! This vegetarian stuffing is easy to prepare and will definitely be a winner on your holiday table.
Classic Mashed Potatoes These Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and vegan friendly.
Honey Glazed Carrots These are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon These addictive brussels sir outs with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!
Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!) This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make!
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes Using only three-ingredients, these Roasted Sweet Potato Home Fries make for the perfect combination of cinnamon + sweet potatoes yet. So simple, yet so full of flavor!
Easy Pumpkin Soup This soup is creamy, flavorful, smooth, and garnished just right with Chili Garlic Oil and roasted pumpkin seeds! It’s perfect for the fall season, and for any holiday gathering! This soup comes together quickly and is paleo-friendly!
Gluten Free Biscuits: These light and fluffy biscuits come together quickly and are made using a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. They can be made in under 30 minutes, and are perfect on their own or in any recipe that require biscuits!
Gluten-Free Stuffing On the lookout for the best gluten free stuffing to add to your Thanksgiving table? We have got you covered! This Easy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing is packed with fresh herbs, hearty, easy & delicious!
Green Bean Casserole This lightened up, healthier version of a Green Bean Casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free, made without any soup mix, and EASY to make.
Scalloped Potatoes Creamy with just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection, this au gratin scalloped potato recipe will be a favorite.
Let’s get down to it with nitty gritty of Thanksgiving: the main course! We’ve got a few options ranging from the classic turkey, to the vegetarian main, or even an additional protein alternative to turkey!
How to Roast a Turkey: If you’ve never roasted a turkey before, this for a Citrus Herb Turkey explains it all!
Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast: This is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Creamy Pumpkin Casserole This dairy-free casserole is healthy and delicious, made with spaghetti squash, pumpkin, spinach, and chicken and is topped with a delicious sauce and baked to perfection. It’s Paleo and Whole30, too.
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a great vegetarian main that doesn’t involve tofu? This is it! All the classic flavors of spinach and artichoke dip made healthy and stuffed into a low-carb and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash! You can optionally add-in chicken to make it heartier, or leave it as a vegetarian main dish. Make it dairy-free using cashew cream, or not.
Maple Glazed Ham: Looking for a turkey alternative, or an extra protein to pair with the turkey for a large crowd? This sweet and salty Maple Glazed Hame would be perfect.
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.
Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!
Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right!
S’mores Pie: Made with a rich chocolate pudding-like filling, made totally gluten-free using my homemade graham crackers or gluten-free graham crackers, and is topped with good quality marshmallows for the ultimate Summer dessert you can feel good about serving!
Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.
How to Make Creme Brûlée (Dairy-Free) This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.
Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Leftovers
Have a lot leftover? Repurpose that food to create meals to feed yourself over the weekend!
Turkey Wild Rice Soup This recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!
The Ultimate Thanksgiving Sandwich Looking for a way to use leftovers this Thanksgiving?! This Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich is made with my go-to paleo-friendly sandwich bread and is seriously one of my favorite things to make over Thanksgiving! Turkey, cranberry sauce, roasted veggies… need I say more?!
This Crockpot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. This slow cooker cranberry sauce uses hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!
Crockpot Cranberry Sauce
Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.
This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
Coconut Palm Sugar
How do you sweeten slow cooker cranberry sauce?
We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!
How long does crockpot cranberry sauce last?
Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.
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This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.
Gluten Free Apple Pie
If you must know how to make one pie out there, THIS IS THE ONE. We knew when we were planning our apple recipes for this month that we had to include a Gluten Free Apple Pie because it is such an iconic American dessert, and for good reason! Apple pie is a must-make during the fall season: at least once!
This recipe is definitely staying true to what we believe is a classic apple pie with juicy cinnamon and spice apples encased in a buttery pastry. We turned to our favorite pie dough that uses almond and tapioca flour and butter. If you are dairy free and are looking for a substitute for the butter in the crust, palm shortening or a non-dairy butter can work but it alters the flavor of the crust a bit. We also use tapioca flour in the filling to thicken the pie.
We use a combination of gala and granny smith apples in this pie, but if those aren’t available check out this apple guide to figure out which apples are best for baking.
TIPS to make pie baking easy peasy:
Make the crust 1-2 days ahead of time.
Roll the crust out ahead of time. Place the bottom crust in a tin and cover with plastic. Place the top crust on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap. This ensures it doesn’t dry out. You can do this a day ahead or a few hours ahead of time. It also makes it easier to work with the crust since it’s already cold. If you are choosing to weave a lattice do so on a piece of parchment paper. When ready to place on the top crust of the pie simply invert the lattice from the parchment on to the filled pie.
When peeling and slicing the apples, squeeze apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
When placing the apples inside of the rolled out dough, make sure to pack them in tightly! This reduces the chance that the filling will shrink when baking and leave a gap between the apples and top crust.
Make sure the crust is cold when rolling it out and working with it. If it’s getting too warm and melty, place it back in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Make the whole pie a day ahead of time! You can leave it at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours. Simply place in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes to warm up, if desired.
We chose to weave a lattice to top our apple pie, to show it can be done with gluten-free crust, but it is totally not necessary. You can simply place a rolled out crust on top with a few slits for steam to escape, or you could roll out the crust and stamp a few decorative designs or apple cut outs on it. If you do want to do a lattice, it’s easier with this crust if you use bigger strips of pastry. And, I may sound like a broken record here but make sure your pastry is cold while you are working with it! We definitely had to place the pastry back in the refrigerator at least once between the rolling out the pastry and weaving the lattice. So when in doubt, chill the pastry for 10 minutes and you’ll have an easier time.
Add in eggs and honey and process until the dough comes together.
Shape dough into two round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.
To Prepare Crust and Filling:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Remove one dough disk from the refrigerator (leave the other chilling). Between two sheets of parchment, roll out dough to fit the size of a 9 inch pie tin, about a 12 inch circle. Removing one sheet of parchment and invert the pie dough into your tin.
To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, coconut sugar, tapioca, vanilla, salt and spices and toss until combined. Spoon apple mixture inside pastry lined tin and place back in refrigerator while rolling out the top crust. (See note)
Roll out the remaining dough disk to an 11" circle. If you are making a lattice, cut the dough into 8 or 10 strips (depending on your lattice ability!) and weave the lattice on a sheet of parchment.
Remove chilling filled pie from refrigerator and either invert lattice on to the top of the pie, or place the whole rolled pastry on top. Seal the pastry pieces together, and crimp the crust, if desired. If covering the pie make sure to slice in a few holes to let the pie vent. If at any point during the process of making a lattice or placing on the pastry the pie crust gets too warm and is difficult to work with place in the refrigerator on sheet tray until cool enough to handle 10-15 minutes.
To Bake Pie:
Brush crust with egg wash, and coarse sugar, if using and place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until apples are tender and filling is bubbly, about 1 hour. If crust is browning too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
Let cool at least 1 hour before serving, but best to wait at least 4 hours.
We use a deep dish 9" pie plate to make our pies and fit about small to medium apples. If you pie pan isn't a deep dish, you may want to use 1-2 less apples.
When placing the apple mixture inside, try to leave as little space as possible between apple slices by moving them around a bit to help them fit as tightly as possible. This makes sure you can pack in as much apple flavor in your pie, and so that your apple filling doesn't sink during baking.
We recommend a mix of apples such as gala and granny smith.
To make an egg wash mix together 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water until completely combined. An egg wash leaves the pie crust shiny. It can be omitted if desired.
Once baked the pie can remain at room temperature, covered, for about 24 hours. Any longer than this and it should be stored in the refrigerator and briefly warmed up, if desired, before serving.
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This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!
Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing
My fabulous blogging girlfriends are here with me today bringing you healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast. I am in love with this month’s round up because I mean… check out these recipes! Gorgeous, delicious, and good-for-you! I call it a WIN. Your family and friends will thank you, too!
You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately.
Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.