breadless holiday dressing in a Thanksgiving scene

Holiday Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

This Holiday Dressing is breadless, but every bit as delicious as the traditional type of dressing. Enjoy it with any meal – even breakfast!

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Holiday Dressing (AIP/Paleo)
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Holiday Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

Yes, my friends, it is time to start thinking about menus for holiday meals. YAY! I am a total holiday junkie, so I’ve been thinking about it for a while. For me, there is so much sentiment and nostalgia attached to holidays – and much of that represents itself in FOOD.

It is my aim to help you experience every bit of that food nostalgia without feeling deprived, just because of dietary needs. This dressing is one recipe I hope you will enjoy having on your holiday table. You won’t miss the breading. I promise!

Can this be used as stuffing?

I know I will get this question, so I’ll answer it ahead of time. Honestly, I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know. I normally make my dressing on the side anyway, so I will leave it to you to decide. If you do try it, make sure that you cook the dressing per the instructions before stuffing the bird.

Can I freeze it ahead of time?

Well, I performed an experiment to find out. It CAN be frozen and re-heated, but I do not deem it company-worthy. I mean, if it’s just for yourself, go ahead. Like most things that are frozen, it’s not as good as freshly made.

About the cranberries…

For those of you on the autoimmune protocol (AIP), especially in the elimination phase, you will need to source dried cranberries that have no sunflower oil or sugar on them. This is a mighty challenge. I’ve got you, though. Here is the link to the dried cranberries I use.

I hope you have a meaningful and beautiful holiday season! Most of all, I wish you health and well-being.



P.S. If you need other ideas for sides, try these: Maple Sage Carrots, Glazed Honeynut Squash, AIP Mashed Potatoes, Toasty Rutabaga Mash, Apple Cinnamon Acorn Squash, No-potato Galette

Holiday Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – Course: SidesCuisine: AIP, Paleo, HolidayDifficulty: Easy


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This Holiday Dressing is bread-less, but every bit as delicious as the traditional type of dressing. Enjoy it with any meal – even breakfast!


  • 2 green or yellow-green plantains

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup 1 chopped yellow onion

  • 1 tsp 1 pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped celery

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 diced carrots

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 dried unsweetened cranberries*

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 chopped green onion

  • 3/4 tsp 3/4 sea salt (or to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder


  • Cut off ends of plantains, cut them in half, then peel them. Slice plantains, and place them in a food processor. Pulse, scraping the bowl down as necessary, until plantains are about the consistency of rice.
  • Place olive oil in a large saucepan over medium low heat. When oil is warm, add onions and maple syrup. Cook low and slow, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized. (Be patient. This part takes a while!)
  • Turn heat down to low. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Bring heat to medium. Add riced plantains and cranberries. Sauté for 2 minutes. (The plantains will stick. Persevere.) Stir in the rest of the ingredients, and heat through. Taste for salt, and adjust if necessary. Serve!


  • *If you are sensitive to seeds, or are on the AIP (especially elimination phase), be aware that almost all dried cranberries are covered in sugar and sunflower oil. The link above is for the dried cranberries I use. Just dried fruit. No oils or sugar.

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  1. Marlene Shillington

    So does 3 oz. of dried cranberries equal 1/3 cup that was called for in the recipe? If not how many bags? Thank you

    • Hi, Marlene! Thanks for the question. These dried cranberries are super LIGHT, since they are not laden with oils or sugar like most. If you use 1/3 cup of this particular brand, you will have lots leftover. You will only need one 3-oz. bag. Happy cooking! 🙂

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  3. Hi! Just so you know, the Amazon link to the cranberries is not working. It just goes directly to Amazon in general. I’ve used Steve’s brand cranberries in other recipes- No added oil and lightly sweetened with apple juice. I haven’t consistently been able to find any unsweetened dried cranberries.

  4. What’s an alternative to the plantains my body does not like them.

  5. Valentina Makarevich

    Hi Wendi ! Thank you very much for all yours recipes and hard work. So far I tried 6 of your recipes and I am happy and satisfied with all of them. I wanted to ask you if its ok to substitute fresh or frozen cranberries instead of dry. I just don’t have it on the hands. What do you think? Thank you.

    • Hi, Valentina! Oh boy, I’m late in responding to you. My apologies! What did you decide to do? I personally prefer dried cranberries because the sugars that occur naturally in the fruit (which isn’t a lot in cranberries) concentrates. I would find fresh or frozen cranberries to be too tart, I think. Did you try it? If so, how did it go?

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