Thanksgiving Planning

Thinkin’ Thin.
Rethink some of your classic turkey day preparations. These traditional dishes are classically laden with butter, cream, and sugar which translate to saturated fat and calories. Make some small changes; your family won’t even miss the old ways!
* Make your mashed potatoes with chicken stock and whole milk instead of heavy cream and butter. Heat up the liquid and add salt and pepper before incorporating into the potatoes.
* Instead of the traditional green bean casserole, sauté green beans with some butter and add slivered almonds. If fresh beans aren’t available, buy frozen beans- not canned, as the canned green beans have more BPAs.
* Sweet potatoes are mighty sweet without the marshmallows and the extra butter that results in ‘sweet potato pie’. Cube the sweeties and roast them after tossing ’em with a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and you’ll appreciate the sweetness of the spuds ‘solo’.
* Forgo the pecan pie, which with whipped cream can account for 800 calories. Buy two frozen pie shells. Slice up about 8 apples, toss them with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a combination of 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the apple mixture into one of the shells. Dot the top of the apple mixture with about a tablespoon of butter divided into little bits. Top with the dough from the second pie shell, trim to size and seal with a fork. Bake at 350 F for about an hour or until the top crust is nice and . Delicious, decadent, and easy as pie!

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One Response to Thanksgiving Planning

  1. Lily says:

    I love these ideas! I learned to use the chicken stock in mashed potatoes from my mother-in-law years ago, but I’ll have to try heating it first. Thanks so much 🙂

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