Two weeks from today is Thanksgiving. The holiday is meant to be a time of Thanksgiving—meaning giving THANKS for the blessings God has provided for us.
Thanksgiving also means a time a feasting (a.k.a. over eating), watching football, time with family and friends, and parades (my hubby hates watching parades, so I had to throw this one in because I love watching them!).
Whether your Thanksgiving is just you or 20 family members and friends. Or if you celebrate with a “tofu-turkey,” regular ol’ turkey, fried turkey, tur-ducken, or whatever….chances are we all will bond on that day with the same old feeling after indulging in a large meal: naptime!
I have been host of our family’s Thanksgiving for several years now. It’s a wonderful time to have all my side of the family stayin’ cozy in our house and eatin’ lots of good food. Our Thanksgivings have changed over the past few years. I am a geek and have actually kept my menu planning notes from all the Thanksgivings I’ve hosted. (Please don’t make fun of me…) I decided to share a few:
Happy Thanksgiving 2009
- Turkey with stuffing (oven baked with skin on and stuffed with Pepperidge Farm Stuffing.)
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Green bean casserole
- Carrots (probably soaking in butter…)
- Sweet potato pie (the ones with the marshmallows)
- Cranberry sauce
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Schwans Pecan Pie (*gringe!*)
- Pumpkin cookies
The menu probably wasn’t much different than most Americans.
Well, in 2011, I decided to change it up a bit. Our menu looked a little different because Shawn and I had made some diet changes. It really would’ve been a great blogging opportunity…”How to Celebrate Thanksgiving without Several Traditional Items on the Menu.” I checked first with the family to make sure it was okay to change it up. They all said they were okay with it, so I pushed forward:
Happy Thanksgiving 2011
- Turkey (oven roasted without stuffing)
- Mashed potatoes with gravy (using arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch)
- Sauteed green beans with onions
- Butternut squash
- Mashed sweet potatoes (minus the sugar and the marshmallows!)
- Cranberry sauce (using maple syrup for the sweetener)
- Cranberry bread (using coconut flour)
- Pumpkin pie (using a grain-free crust)
The point wasn’t to buck-traditional items and make them taste funny, it was to see if I could do it. It was my personal challenge: could I really make a healthier Thanksgiving dinner that tasted awesome.
My personal feelings on Thanksgiving and eating off the normal diet has not changed. I believe it is okay to have one day, or meal, of indulgence. It is the continuous indulgences that make the scale go up…not just the one special Thursday meal.
I have two weeks to plan the big day, and I plan on continuing my personal challenge, to make a healthier Thanksgiving dinner.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?