Whole Food Thanksgiving

Our family eats mostly whole foods, due to my darling daughter’s corn allergy, and the fact that I WANT to know what is in my food. Fewer preservatives and artificial ingredients are MUCH BETTER for your body.  We’ll be stressing our bodies enough over the Holidays that we don’t need to add additional stresses from our food.

Today, as I was gathering up all my recipes and supplies for tomorrow mornings “launch” of the festivities, I thought it might be nice to have all my recipes in one place, so here it is.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey (Big Bird) – I simply shove some celery, carrot, and onion inside and under the bird, rub it with some Himalayan pink salt, cover with foil and cook for 10-15 minutes per pound in a 350 oven. Check when the thigh temp. its done when it hits 170 degrees F. Don’t forget to let the bird sit for about 10 minutes after coming out of the oven to seal in the juices…  We are embarking on a new tradition this year, put the bird in the oven and head out for a walk through a preserve with friends.  Thank you Chris Griffith for the amazing idea! (Thank you for our story photo as well!)

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole – all from scratch (no MSG or other ickies)Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole – I use a 1/4 cup of brown sugar in place of the white sugar (I do prefer my sweet taters baked with some of that butter on them though)

Pumpkin Pie – I omit the white sugar (Watch for the blog on cleaning up from the Pumpkin Pie fiasco of 2014) 😦

Mashed Potatoes – I boil the potatoes (Red, Rose, Purple) Then I mash them in the mixer with real butter from grass fed cows and organic whipping cream to give them just enough moisture to mash nicely while still holding peaks.  (I don’t use a recipe-just slowly add the moisture until its the way I like it.)

Whole Wheat Rolls

Whole Wheat Rolls – I make these in half batches for just our immediate family and my hubby swears I’ve stolen them from Outback Steakhouse.  😉

Yes, I do all of this on Thanksgiving day.  The good news is that I burn a LOT of calories rushing around the kitchen for the event and I LOVE this day.  Worried about what could go wrong???  Check out my Christmas blog from last year.

Its really NOT about the food, its about the memories!  Enjoy your day tomorrow… And here’s the link on how to keep that 18 pound turkey from going straight to your hips, or this tid bit.

Have some leftovers?  Here’s some tips for that as well.