For the last 10 years, I have celebrated Thanksgiving amongst a handful of other Americans that I found, like myself, living in Canada. We always made a point to try and replicate the holiday as best we could. Even though this often meant getting together after a full day of work! I actually remember one year coming home on my lunch hour to put the turkey in the oven so it would be ready to eat once we got home from the work day. Luckily the house didn’t burn, and the turkey was fine! No football, no lounging around all day eating, but we made the best of it. And it was great, after all Thanksgiving is just about being with your family and friends and giving Thanks for each other, for health, and for food!
But this year will be different. For the first time in 10 years I will be celebrating American Thanksgiving in Texas with my friends and family here! Like most American families, we do a pot luck style Thanksgiving where everyone brings their signature dish. Most loaded with butter and cream and a lot of extra calories. I love food and nothing is better than a delicious meal with the ones you love, but I don’t want to end up feeling like a stuffed Turkey after the pie! So I’ve put together a “healthier” Thanksgiving Day Menu with links to the recipes. These aren’t diet or fat free dishes, it’s a holiday after all. But they are lighter, more nutritious versions of some of the typical Thanksgiving favorites.
Enjoy, and from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
Here’s the Menu:
Pomegranate, persimmon, and goat cheese salad
Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup
Turkey and “Stuffins”
Sweet potato mash with goat cheese and chives
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower
Have a great week,