“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Alan Lakein
I am hosting Thanksgiving this year so luckily I get to choose the recipes that my guests will be enjoying. Being a holiday, these dishes need to be delicious. It’s one thing to enforce my kids try bites of a healthy dish I decide to serve up on a week night, but these are guests who drove many miles to spend a holiday that’s all about the food. Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. The older I get, the more I realize I love this holiday because it’s really about our “presence” rather than “presents“. Now of course I’m going to indulge on a slice of my aunt Becky’s delectable pie. But the rest of the meal is going to be traditional, but cleaned up. The following recipes have been tried and proven holiday worthy by my tribe, I hope yours enjoys as much as ours. Here’s my Clean eating Thanksgiving meal plan. Bon Appétit!
The turkey: that’s easy season with salt/pepper and grill on the Weber for 2 – 2.5 hours depending on the size
- Paleo Sweet Potato Classic
- Cornbread Sausage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries
- Paleo Green Bean Casserole
- Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad
- Gluten Free Corn Casserole
- ⅔ cup organic gluten free all-purpose flour
- ½ cup organic yellow cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon arrow root powder
- 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
- 1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
- Add can of corn and can of creamed corn, sour cream, and melted butter. Mix well.
- Pour into a greased 9×13 pan/dish and bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
Regarding the dessert, if you’re indulging in a slice of pie or your favorite dessert, I say go for it & enjoy every bite. Part of this process of healthier eating is determining what is really worth “indulging upon”. Is it ice cream? pecan pie? Maybe for you it’s a beer or glass of wine? Choose one, enjoy and find that inner teacher within. “Mere guru dev” (Sanskrit).
Enjoy, drive safe, hug your loved ones and then put on some stretchy pants and show your family some of those Yoga poses that you’ve been learning. Peace. Love. Namaste!