Are you also getting ready for Thanksgiving this year and hunting down a handful of recipes to prepare? As you may know from firsthand experience or reading some of my other posts, my family and particularly my mother have become very healthy with our eating habits as of late. There are a lot of things that my mother no longer eats since she eliminated flour, sugar and potatoes. So as a result, it seems that it’s time for a new Thanksgiving menu that is not only health conscious but also fun and delicious.
I’ve also been a vegetarian for just about ever, and since my parents weren’t particularly sure how to handle that, I’ve played a large role in the kitchen for as long as I can remember.
I’ve rounded up a few of our old family favorites and some new recipes I’m excited to try this year! Click on the links to find mouthwatering pictures and easy recipes that will make you thankful this season without having to unbutton your pants.
It goes without saying that brunch must be as easy as possible. Not only is there already plenty of cooking ahead, but valuable kitchen space and oven racks cannot be held hostage by breakfast items when there is a whole Thanksgiving dinner to make. For these reasons, I have always gone for the following casseroles. They are easy to prep in advance and can be popped in and out of the oven quickly.
I am going to play around with healthy modifications to the cheesy hashbrown bake. It’s just that good. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Additionally, I am going to make:
1. Build-your-own oatmeal (toppings like cranberries, cinnamon, nuts) // inspired by Oh She Glows
2. Apple, pear and pomegranate fruit salad // similar recipe
3. Slow-cooked scrambled eggs with thyme // inspired by Chrissy Teigen
I’ll prep everything but the eggs the day before so all we have to do is turn on the kettle and scramble the eggs.
My favorite, Ms. Angie’s Southern Sweet Potato Casserole from the Chi O House // similar recipe
Grandma’s Pink Stuff // I wish I could even begin to explain what this is to you.. I don’t personally touch the stuff, but it’s still a family hit
Buttery mashed potatoes // like these
2. Salad choices (pick one)
Shredded Kale Salad with Pecan Parmesan and Cranberries
Roasted Squash Salad with Lemony Tahini Sauce + Feta
Harvest Cobb Salad // with prepped toppings for build-your-own style
Beetroot Salad with Spinach and Egg
3. Vegetable choices (pick one or two)
Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan
Pan Braised Carrots // loved a similar recipe from Healthy Jewish Cooking
Roasted Vegetables with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Garlic and Olive Oil Sauteed Green Beans
And for those of us still eating sugar…
4. Spiced Apple Cider
I might still have to include that sweet potato casserole.
What are you eating this Thanksgiving? Any exciting plans for travel?