Some one left me a comment on Facebook last year basically chastising me for planning some healthy food for Thanksgiving. Her point was it’s one day eat what you want and don’t worry about it. For some reason that comment has stuck with me because she totally missed the point of my recipes. My response back to her was “If healthy food tastes just as good as other Thanksgiving food, why would you not opt for a healthy option”. My goal here at Food Done Light is not just to eat healthy food but make it so delicious that no one knows how healthy it is.
I kept the same philosophy with this years Thanksgiving recipes. I lightened up some of our traditional family recipes, like Swedish Apple Cranberry Pie and Cranberry Waldorf Salad. They appear on our Thanksgiving table every year. I went on a Spanish twist celebrating my favorite drink, Sangria, with Sangria Glazed Turkey and Smoky Ciabetta with Fennel, Grapes and Apples. One of my favorite parts of Sangria is fruit so I added fruit to my stuffing. Yes, I call it stuffing even though I don’t like it in the bird.
Thanksgiving would not be complete without mashed potatoes. No way, no how. I added cheese, glorious, cheese to make Garlic Herb Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes don’t need to be fancy to be delicious. I just want smooth, no lumps, mashed potatoes. We stopped making the obligatory green bean casserole years ago. This year I added my Mom’s favorite vegetable but with a crunchy twist, Green Beans with Lemony, Chorizo Breadcrumbs are to “die” for. I just adore breadcrumbs with vegetables. As for chorizo, well, it makes everything better.
We can’t forget about the pumpkin. That would be a disaster not to have any pumpkin recipes. I think I would be booted out of the food blogging community if I didn’t have a few pumpkin recipes. This year was about Pumpkin Sticky Buns. Just typing those words makes me incredibly happy. The buns are drool worthy. Another fabulous option for breakfast would be my “I can’t decide if I should make french toast or baked oatmeal” Pumpkin Oatmeal French Toast Muffins. I combined two of my favorite breakfast dishes into one. It’s nice to be able to be indecisive. There absolutely has to be pumpkin in the dessert. I am pretty sure it is a rule! So Pumpkin Rosemary Souffle it is. You know that feeling when you stare at dessert and know you are so full that another bite won’t fit into your stomach. Well, souffle will. It is light and airy. Think of it as eating pumpkin air that tastes like pumpkin pie.
Last but not least the vegetables. I actually really love the Thanksgiving vegetables because they either come with a cream sauce or oh yes, breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs. Savory Squash Crumble Casserole is topped with a deliciously, buttery, crunchy cracker crumb topping. Sage Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are a side that can be prepped in minutes and looks so fancy. It’s nice to have a little fanciness especially when it takes you all of 5 minutes to prepare.
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Any dishes you need lightened? I’ll take the challenge for next year.