Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I won’t be spending Thanksgiving together this year. I still wanted to do something special to honor the holiday so last Saturday, I made a mini Thanksgiving meal for us! It was delicious and Conor-approved! We had such a nice time eating and relaxing it made all the cooking worth it 🙂 Here are a few recipes I used from fellow dietitian/bloggers. Also, two recipes that I will be making on Thanksgiving Day for the big family meal.
*heads up- no turkey will be mentioned. We aren’t big fans of turkey and we are both going out of town this week so didn’t want to waste it. Instead, Wegman’s Rotisserie Chicken as the protein. Ya know, for the effect. haha
Sweet Potato Casserole: I saw this recipe highlighted on Hummus Sapien’s Instagram and knew it had to try it! Sweet Potatoes were the only ingredient I had to pick up and I used regular butter not vegan. The crumble didn’t turn out the best but with a few minutes under the broiler the top was nice and crispy.
Wild Rice: This is a family recipe usually for Christmas Eve but I thought it would be a nice complement to the chicken and sweet potatoes.
- 1 package of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice
- Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped apple (I used one honeycrisp)
- ½ cup Dried Cranberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Prepare rice according to package directions substituting chicken broth for water. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a large skillet. Saute onion for 5 minutes. Stir in apples, continue cooking for 3 minutes. Stir in raisins, pecans, nutmeg. Combine rice and skillet mixture.
*I transfer this to a glass dish and placed in the oven to keep warm until dinner time.
Wegman’s Turkey Stuffing: Confession. I cheated. I didn’t have time to make a homemade stuffing. But this box is yummy and affordable!
Fellow MSU Spartan and blogger, Mitten Dietitian posted these last week and they were screaming my name! I knew there would be pie and other desserts with the family so this was the perfect post-dinner treat. The cookies were easy, affordable and most of the ingredients were in my pantry. Be sure to read the instructions first! I missed the “refrigerate for an hour” step and started the dough a little late. But it all worked out!
Recipes for the real deal:
Hummus Sapien Green Bean Casserole: My absolute favorite Thanksgiving side is Green Bean Casserole. Can’t wait to try this healthier version.
Kelly Jones Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. With the rice, stuffing, and turkey, Thanksgiving plates tend to look blah. This side will add color and nutrients to your meal without comprising taste.
Hope that gave you a few ideas for dinner this week! Remember Thanksgiving is one day with the purpose of spending time with family and friends. Enjoy the holiday without obsessing over food, calories, body image. Eat intuitively and trust yourself. Read up on last year’s Thanksgiving Post
Very Thankful, Ginger