My {proposed} Thanksgiving “Feast”

So, since I came to the revelation that I needed (badly) to develop a plan for Thanksgiving dinner this year the wheels have been spinning…

I appreciate the input and advice from all of you.  I probably would not have come up with this fine “feast” without you!

First up – salad:

Fall Harvest Salad

To be honest, I usually do not prepare a salad for Thanksgiving dinner. This year; however, I will…and I am actually excited to try this one (because it looks/sounds delicious!). I will be using artisan lettuce instead of “plain old” lettuce, though. Also I will not be making such a large amount of the vinaigrette – my family is not big on dressings anyway.

Next comes the turkey:

Roasted Citrus & Herb Turkey

This is a bit different than my usual seasoning for the turkey, but I am excited to try something new with the turkey. You know, shake things up a bit (or a whole lot…as it might be).

Moving on to the mashed potatoes:

Faux Ta Toes

This is maybe where things start to get more interesting. I have been brainstorming ways to “change out” the mashed potatoes with all of their white starchy evilness (yes, I am aware that is not really a word). At first I switched straight to sweet potatoes, but that was an “I-may-lose-my-life-serving-it” kind of plan. So, I thought “faux” potatoes, or cauliflower. I will not follow the recipe above entirely, but this is the general idea. Instead of serving 100% mashed potatoes, I am going to switch out majority of the potatoes for cauliflower. I also usually use light sour cream instead of cream cheese. Additionally, I will be adding some herbs and spices to keep the flavor up (without adding extra calories/fat).

Now, I am not sure about anyone else out there, but when I have mashed potatoes (or even a knock off) I *have* to have corn.  So, I found this delightfully scrumptious recipe a while back:

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

I am hoping I will be able to find corn on the cob in the grocery today. If not, I will have to come up with something else. Maybe a variation of this recipe that does not start “on the cob?” We shall see.

The stuffing:

Wild Rice Stuffing

The last dinner item I will be serving is broccoli:

Broccoli (no special recipe)

I did not pick out a “special” recipe for broccoli because I do not really think I need one. I cook broccoli often (because I love it) and I think the way I usually prepare it is just fine (steamed with some garlic).

On to dessert.  As I mentioned before, we have always been a “multi-dessert” kind of family.  That is mostly because I *love* pumpkin and my mother hates it.  I refuse to skip pumpkin *something* on Thanksgiving, and my mother feels the same way about apple *something.*  So, here is my plan:

Apple Confit

Per the reviews on the recipe, I will be significantly reducing the sugar in the recipe. I will also likely increase the cinnamon and maybe a dash of something extra. It sounds absolutely amazing, though.

…and the pumpkin dessert:

Light Pumpkin Custard

I will be making smaller quantities this year (so I may end up halving some of the larger recipes listed above), so that it decreases the amount of food on the table (and in my fridge afterward). All in all, though, I feel as though this is a decent menu with very little room for “disaster” in the way of my weight loss path. I also believe that my family will not be too terribly upset about this menu, so that is another positive.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Will you be allowing yourself a “free” day, or will you be mentally preparing to curb poor eating habits?

-Erica

11 responses to “My {proposed} Thanksgiving “Feast”

  1. Everything looks and sounds delicious. I’ve made mashed cauliflower before and it really does taste just like mashed potatoes (in my opinion). For me, I’m going to indulge in whatever I want to eat on Thanksgiving. It’s one day a year where the carb is King and I’m going to honor the tradition and eat to my heart’s desire. Besides, I’ll be working on Black Friday, starting at midnight, so any extra calories consumed will definitely be worked off within 24 hours. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • That makes me feel better…I have never done the mashed cauliflower thing. 🙂

      I wish (and this might sound funny…) that I could give myself a “free pass” for Thanksgiving, but I just cannot. I know that my mental status would be fipping out if I ate things I “should not” or in quantities that I “should not.” I tend to have an “all or nothing” kind of mentality, which is good in some ways (and very, very bad in others). If I allowed myself to eat “real” Thanksgiving food my mind may never recover, and I would mentally harrass myself to the point of probably losing days worth of sleep. Crazy, I know, but at least I know that about myself to plan ahead. 🙂

      -Erica

  2. I think I need to come to your house for Thanksgiving so I don’t mess up! Seriously….. it all looks amazing! Great great ideas!

    • Thanks, Joanie! The upcoming holiday was certainly causing me some unwanted/unsolicited anxiety. 🙂 I feel like I have a good meal planned out, and hopefully everyone will still be happy.

      -Erica

  3. Sounds (and looks) great! I’ve been dragging my heels on my shopping list, which means shopping tomorrow, d-day in grocery stores around the country. Ugh. Good luck!

    • I picked up the last of the ingredients I will need today. The grocery was not actually as bad as I thought it would be, but I did go earlier in the day (before everyone else got off of work). Smart move, I think. 🙂 Good luck at the grocery!

      -Erica

  4. Great planning. I’ll be honest – I think you should give them regular mashed potatoes. You’re cooking a lot of new things there. From personal experience, sometimes that works out awesome, sometimes .. not so much (case in point – made a new caribbean rice and bean recipe this week, tasted nothing like I would have thought). You gotta have something there they can retreat to if things turn out unexpectedly.

    • J, you’re right. I hate to admit this, but I broke down and bought a box of Stove Top stuffing. This used to be a staple in my house. My daughters could easily eat an entire box of stuffing between the two of them (and they’re only three and seven)…if I let them. I was not going to do it, but my mother threw a fit when I said I was not making “regular” stuffing. So, they will have Stove Top in addition to my fancy wild rice stuffing. Of course, I hope they’ll choose to eat the rice stuffing…but I doubt it. LOL

      -Erica

  5. Your menu looks delicious – and fir for a feast!

    • Thanks! Everything was wonderful! I did end up skipping the broccoli because I just felt like that was too much food (and we had salad for the green) for five people…two of which are little kids. 🙂

      -Erica

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