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Thanksgiving feast

November 22, 2009

Ah, Thanksgiving! My favorite time of year.

I did all my meal planning and shopping this evening and thought I’d share a few of this year’s holiday recipes:

Sweet Potato, Apple & Spinach Salad

  • 1/4 cup Catalina Dressing
  • 1/2 lb.  sweet potatoes (about 2), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2   apples, chopped
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 pkg.  (10 oz.) baby spinach leaves

Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add potatoes and onions; cook 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add fruit; cook 3 min., stirring frequently. Toss with spinach in large bowl. Serve immediately.

Mashed Rutabaga-Potato Supreme

  • Approx. 1lb rutabaga, peeled & chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk (I like to use 8th continent light soymilk)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt & pepper

Bring large pot of water to boil. Add a few pinches of salt & then drop in the rutabaga; cook 10 minutes. Add potato & carrot; cook until everything is tender, 15-20 more minutes. Drain. Heat the milk in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Mash the rutabaga & potato with the butter until smooth, adding a little of the warm milk at a time until the mixture reaches the consistency you like. Stir in the salt, nutmeg & pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Butternut Squash Pie

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups crushed ginger snaps
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1.25 cup greek yogurt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Toss ginger snaps with melted butter in bowl. Spread into bottom and up sides of pie plate. Refrigerate for 15 mins. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool. Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Microwave squash for 5-6 minutes. Puree with remaining ingredients. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower oven temp to 350 and bake another 40-50 minutes till set.

Other than the delicious menu, I have planned I’m really excited about spending the holiday with my friends and family. I have so very much to be thankful for.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr. Jo permalink
    November 23, 2009 10:58 am

    Sounds delicious!! I read an article this week that said 57% of the population gains wait during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Why do we do this to ourselves?

    On another note, I am thankful for you and your encouraging and inspiring blogs!

  2. Dr. Jo permalink
    November 23, 2009 11:00 am

    spelling error in previous post…it should read “weight.” Sorry….

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