This Thanksgiving marks my husband and I’s 7th Thanksgiving in this great City of Oaks. Some years we’ve made it back to the Midwest the weekend after, but we’ve always spent the day together in our home making way too much food (and loving the leftovers), experimenting with new recipes (last year and the year before were of the vegetarian and vegan nature), and simply enjoying one another’s company. Our very first Thanksgiving in Raleigh we were in a tiny apartment and it was so hot outside (and in the kitchen) that all the windows were open. Being raised in Wisconsin, I’d never seen anything like it!
This year won’t be any different with the exception of a simplified menu more fitting to our [my] dietary needs, consisting of low sugar, low carbohydrate dishes. And while our love for Thanksgiving leftovers is forever, I am also hoping to have far less leftovers this year. I would like to get a max of 3 dinners out of our one meal, anything beyond that has proven to be simply too much.
Our Family’s Thanksgiving Menu [for two]
Haricots Verts with Almonds
In lieu of green been casserole, we will be replicating this recipe via The Food Lovers Kitchen for haricots verts [green beans] with almonds. In our prepared version we will be swapping out the butter for an olive oil.
Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole
For another “in lieu of”, we will be replacing the mashed potatoes on our table with this great butternut squash and cauliflower casserole (via All Day I Dream About Food). I happen to believe cauliflower is a truly underrated vegetable and this Thanksgiving I’m bringing it back! The original recipe is meant for 12, I will likely cut it in half.
Herb Rubbed Roasted Turkey
This is a dish that I’ve been debating about for a couple of months now. A staple that is traditionally found on a table for Thanksgiving hasn’t been found on my table for over two years. The last two years we’ve had Tofurkey on our table, which is a decent replacement for a turkey. Since discovering the adverse affects of not eating meat [in my personal case, not the case for all vegan/vegetarians], I’ve slowly over the past couple of months incorporated fish into my diet. This Thanksgiving, we will be adding this herb rubbed roasted turkey back into our Thanksgiving mix … or a fish if I can’t pull the trigger. Never in my life did I think I’d be torn over adding a turkey to my Thanksgiving menu.
Gluten Free Cranberry Mushroom Stuffing
A dish that indicates Thanksgiving to me, has always been stuffing. It’s been months since I’ve had any real form of bread, so I’m sure if we made a typical stuffing my body would literally go into shock. I found this recipe on freshmushrooms for Cranberry Mushroom Stuffing. Instead of using an average stuffing mix, I found a mix from Whole Foods that is gluten-free. Now, let me be clear, I am not necessarily restricting gluten from my diet on purpose. It just so happens that gluten-free foods are often low in carbs as well as low in sugar [no ALWAYS, but OFTEN].
Sugar Free Pumpkin Cheesecake
No matter what dietary restrictions I may be partaking in, there will ALWAYS be some variety of pumpkin pie on my plate at Thanksgiving. A couple of years ago I made a variation of this recipe via Yummly for Sugar Free Pumpkin Cheesecake. Each serving is low in calories, sugar, and carbs but certainly will fulfill our household’s need for anything pumpkin!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? Care to share a favorite recipe? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal