Thanksgiving the year our oven died and we grilled the turkey for the first time.
Since changing the way I eat to control my pain levels, the holiday season is going to look a little bit different. While I want to make sure I follow a more plant based diet, hubby and son want fairly traditional holiday meals. So with that in mind, here is my tentative Thanksgiving Day Menu:
Turkey – For quiet a few years now, the men have been responsible for the Thanksgiving turkey. It goes back to the days when we celebrated our Thanksgivings with good friends and the men folk decided to try a garbage can turkey. Their job ever since. Several years ago the oven died and they needed an alternative way to cook the turkey. Hubby grilled it and we’ve done it that way every year since. Spatchcocking the turkey helps it grill more evenly and gives it a beautiful color. Seasoning is simple…salt and pepper. What is spatchcocking? Is that really a thing? Yep. Go here for more info.
Stuffing – It’s been my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner (next to the pie) since I can remember. I’ve used my Grandma’s recipe since I moved out on my own. When we started grilling the turkey, we stopped stuffing the bird and went to dressing. Same stuff, just not inside the bird. This year instead of using Grandma’s recipe, I will be making a rice dressing. It will include the traditional carrots, celery, onions and sage that we’re used to, only instead of bread we’ll be using rice. It’s essentially a Thanksgiving rice pilaf. I have no idea what I’m doing, so it may or may not come out. If I end up using a recipe (I’ll probably search for hours and hours to find the right one) I’ll post it.
Potatoes – Much to my own disappointment, I won’t be making mashed potatoes this year. But I’ll be making masked sweet potatoes. No need to add extra seasonings other than salt and pepper and no reason to add sugar…they are sweet potatoes. Yummy mashed sweet potatoes.
Salad – Big. Like main dish big. A big salad of yummy greens with some other veggies thrown in for color.
Green Beans – A must for Thanksgiving in my book. But not drenched in canned soup, I just don’t like it that way. We’ll be having some fresh green beans roasted with onions, garlic, salt, pepper, oil, and balsamic vinegar. No recipe, I just toss it together and roast until they look done to me. So good. So.
Two things I’m not adding. One is dinner rolls. I don’t really have a grain free alternative. So if my guys really want bread with their dinner, we have, well, regular bread. The other is cranberries. We like them, but every time I make them we all have some and the rest goes to waste. So I’m just not making them this year. That doesn’t mean you have to skip them….here is the recipe I had planned to use: https://wellnessmama.com/3392/cranberry-sauce-recipe/
Last, but not least, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without a yummy dessert. Hubby’s sister (and her two daughters) are gluten free so a few years ago I made a gluten free (for her) dairy free (for me) crustless pumpkin pie. I could have eaten the whole thing by myself. (https://glutenfreeeasily.com/best-pumpkin-pie-ever-and-its-crustless-gluten-free-and-dairy-free/) Top your warm pie with dairy free whipped coconut cream. (https://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-coconut-whipped-cream/) Now, make a second pie and eat it for breakfast the next day. Just thought I’d share my little tradition.
There you have it. My menu plan for Thanksgiving day. It might change. I may just throw in the towel and demand to go out to eat.
What about you? Do you have your Thanksgiving dinner planned out? Or are ya planning to go out? I’d love to hear what you are going to be doing!
Psalm 7:17 – I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Until next time – live simply and love abundantly! Grace and peace…