We recently featured two diabetes-friendly, heart-smart holiday recipes by Cheryl Forberg, R.D., consulting dietitian to NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser” and CanolaInfo.
Here are two more for your Thanksgiving table!
Holiday Rapini Sauté
Recipe by Cheryl Forberg, R.D.
Combining red and green vegetables is both festive and healthful. Garlic adds punch and almonds add crunch. While a wonderful complement to a holiday meal, this side dish is perfect anytime to dress up an entrée.
Yield: 6 servings. Serving size: 1 cup.
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 bunches rapini/broccoli rabe (about 2 1/2 pounds), rinsed and trimmed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup diced roasted red bell pepper
2 tablespoons almond slivers, toasted
Did you know that November is National Diabetes Month? Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90 percent of all cases of diabetes, affects at least 24 million American adults and children. People with diabetes are at significantly greater risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
The good news is that both type 2 diabetes and heart disease are largely preventable with a healthy diet and lifestyle. In light of this, CanolaInfo - the information source about canola oil for consumers, health professionals, chefs, media, and educators - partnered with Cheryl Forberg, R.D., consulting dietitian to NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser” to create a diabetes-friendly, heart-smart holiday recipe collection.
Today I’m featuring two of Cheryl’s diabetes friendly, Thanksgiving side dishes. For more diabetes friendly recipes ideas, see my post on Cheryl's Holiday Rapini Sauté and Warm Apple and Cranberry Sauce.
Porcini Mushroom Gravy
I’ve been pouring over 20+ cooking magazines for weeks trying to figure out my Thanksgiving menu. I’ll be brining and smoking my bird. And I’ll definitely make mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes and some sort of dessert. But deciding on the final menu is driving me nuts, especially when I keep coming across more and more fabulous recipes!
Fresh Home’s Magazine fall issue has a Thanksgiving menu featuring favorite traditional recipes put with a fresh twist - turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and green beans with onion ring topping. Not only are these recipes delicious, they’re designed to be less time-consuming.
Fresh Home has also created a “Turkey Timeline” to help you with your shopping and make-ahead strategy for the week. Yes, all this from a decorating and lifestyle magazine!
Now that it’s November we can leave the candy and treats behind us and focus on every foodies favorite holiday – Thanksgiving!
With turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and so many more options to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite dish. Just a simple search for any of these dishes will return a countless number of recipes with each version being different from the next. (I still want to have a deep fried turkey one day!)
It also seems like every family has a few special Thanksgiving recipes passed down from generation to generation. For my family that recipe would be my mom’s stuffing recipe, which she received from her mother. Although this would be my favorite Thanksgiving dish regardless, the sense of family heritage reminds me what I’m most thankful for every year - family.
I’ve included my mom’s stuffing recipe below, which I hope you enjoy! What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Which of your go-to recipes have been passed down in your family?
Mom’s Thanksgiving Stuffing
Oh yes I did say crock pot.
I know, everyone is used to making their turkey's in the oven and having them come out golden brown and hopefully moist, but did you know that you can do your turkey in the crock pot and free up the oven for other important side dishes?
I have been perusing the internet this past week for crock pot turkey recipes and after looking at tons of recipes, I have pulled together an original recipe for the crock pot. It is simple, easy, quick and has become my new favorite way to eat turkey.
Crock Pot Turkey
8-10 lb turkey breast, bone in
1 packet of Lipton Onion soup Mix
1 can of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of butter, softened
2-3 carrots, sliced in large chunks
1 small onion, cut into wide slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
Impress your guests with a homemade - and edible - centerpiece.
My whole family loves Thanksgiving, but it is definitely my husband’s favorite.
He always thought it was the best holiday, since it revolves around family and food (sometimes in that order, sometimes the other way around) and doesn’t require any gift giving. This may also be because for many years, his job for the holiday was carving the turkey - and watching football.
In our family, my cousin and I take turns with Christmas dinner, but Thanksgiving has traditionally been at our house. This has presented a challenge, as I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking and don’t want to have the entire menu the same year after year. Of course, some things must never change because, as my daughter says, “they are tradition!” So year after year, the stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce and the yams with the little marshmallows can never be altered. Dishes maybe added, but never taken away. One year we wound up with three potato dishes because I wanted to try something new, but couldn’t take awaythe two we already had! We had a large crowd that year anyway.