Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet: Thanksgiving Edition

By: BayView Senior Assisted Living

On MesaView’s blog this month, we looked at some Thanksgiving recipes for desserts and sides featuring berries, coffee, cauliflower, beets, and walnuts, all foods contributing to cognitive health. Significant data points to a plant-heavy, low-inflammatory diet being the best for preventing various diseases, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Continuing our Thanksgiving dinner theme, we’re looking at a couple of delicious Thanksgiving recipes for main dishes and a smashing side dish. These are sure to please your guests and may potentially help reduce inflammation in the brain. These recipes feature wild-caught fish, lamb, and lentils.

We’ll continue with the holiday theme next month, listing some classic Christmas dishes with an Alzheimer’s prevention twist. Stay tuned for our December MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) Christmas menu!

Main Dishes

Wild-Caught Fish

Slow-Roasted Salmon: Does roasting a turkey seem like a big undertaking this year? Surprise your Thanksgiving table with this delicious recipe for wild-caught, slow-roasted salmon instead. This dish is beyond simple to prepare, but it will also take a fraction of the time compared to preparing a traditional holiday turkey or ham. Full recipe here!


Holiday Leg of Lamb: Another alternative to turkey, this garlic herb crusted holiday leg of lamb looks lucious. Most people think of Easter when having lamb, but it’s very easy and perfect for any holiday meal. These ingredients are not much different from what you’d need to cook a beef roast.

  1. Lamb Roast: Buying it boneless from Costco adds to the ease of this main dish!
  2. Butter: Soften the butter, but don’t melt it.
  3. Garlic: Mince the garlic
  4. Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary: Fresh versions finely chopped
  5. Salt and Pepper: Sprinkle generously on the roast.
  6. Baby Potatoes: Use red or yellow for perfect flavor and roasting.
  7. Olive Oil: Mild flavor

Side Dishes


Bean Dip with Almond Flour Crackers: This 5-minute lentil dip is so tasty and smooth. Eat it as a Thanksgiving side dish with some almond flour crackers (if you’re trying to avoid refined flour) or as a dip for fresh veggies. It can even be used to make leftover turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving! The recipe comes together simply by placing all the ingredients in a food processor or a blender and blending until smooth.

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