Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving at My House

 I learned very early on in my life that my mother hates few things, but cooking is one of them. (Let's just say that I ate a lot of Happy Meals as a child.) While I don't judge her (I couldn't keep my apartment clean for more than a few days to save my life), I do have to say I don't really understand because

(and bake)
(You may call me Martha.)

This year at the White House (my White house, it's my last name) Thanksgiving will consist of my immediate family (four) and one dog. Said dog is insatiably hungry and manages to make his way on top of the table at one point during any given holiday meal, just in case you were wondering. 

This year I'm the "head chef" and I'm assigning my family to help me prep and manage different meals. Since my dad was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, (he's lost a TON of weight and is completely off of insulin due to his ROCKSTAR diet management) I'm all about healthy recipes that are chock-full of taste, but low on unnecessary carbohydrates, calories and saturated fats. 

I'll post some of the recipes at a later date, but as of right now, this is how I have planned our meal:
  • Turkey (obviously), lightly brushed with EVOO (butter burns too easily) and spices, unstuffed
  • Dressing (not stuffing). I buy the stuff out of the box, but increase veggie count by adding 1 cup onions, 1 cup celery, 1 cup carrots and a 1/4 raisins. The veggies are chopped into 1/2" pieces and sauteed until all are soft and onions are translucent. Add the raisins to warm mixture. Add low sodium chicken/vegetable broth to keep moist!
  • My FAMOUS Garlic, Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes. May sound weird, but using low fat cream cheese, roasted garlic and low sodium veggie broth instead of cream and butter cuts a mass amount of calories without sacrificing texture/taste. Plus they're best whipped (Kitchen Aid mixers are the best for this.)
  • Steamed Collard Greens with turkey bacon bits on the side. Without the grease of the pork that most people put in this dish, it's nutritious and surprisingly satisfying. A little feta is delicious too!
  • Tossed Salad -- I just use romaine lettuce and chop up veggies/fruits and let people choose whatever dressing they want. I usually skip cheese and put out a few croutons though.
  • Green bean casserole -- We use fiber enforced corn flakes and light mushroom soup and FROZEN green beans (NEVER USE CANNED FOOD.)
  • Roasted root vegetables -- Super easy, super nutritious, super yummy. Coursely chopped red onions, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, beets, garlic and parsnips and toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and we're in business.
  • Cranberry fruit conserve -- but with half splenda, half sugar.
Things I cheat on (aka don't make from scratch)
  • Cresent rolls --What can I say. Pillsbury knows their stuff and the reduced fat ones are delicious with butter.
  • Gravy -- I know. I know. It's not hard to make from scratch, but I prefer to just buy the low fat turkey gravy from the store. That way I know exactly what's in it and it's one less pot to clean. 
  • Carrots -- I love steamed carrots, but I prefer not to chop them up, so I just use the baby ones to avoid cutting and peeling.
Dessert is still TBA. I've been debating between a few more traditional (homemade, reduced sugar homemade pie) desserts and a few new ones... I will keep you posted.

What's your favorite (at least semi-healthy) Thanksgiving meal? I would LOVE ideas and/or suggestions. I realize this meal is pretty traditional, but I'm open to anything!


Nicole Jeannette


Amber Schmidt said...

Oh to be able to cook! Honestly, I just tried making homemade brownies.. It didn't end well! :/

And "The White House". Love.

Becka said...

all of these things are great ideas! I'm cooking thanksgiving for the first time this year, and I'm trying to figure out how to cook it for only two people (for some reason I seem to have it in my head that thanksgiving needs to be at least 10 peoples worth of food, whether there are 10 people there or not)
The only thing I've completely decided on is a berry pie. haha. so at least dessert is set.