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Quick Thanksgiving Recap: What We Ate In The BGG2WL House

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I’d be lying if I said I was someone who makes a huge deal out of Thanksgiving. Not because “Oh, I’m over food” like most people tell themselves, but just because it was only my youngster and I for so many years, and after you spend enough time away from family you stop investing so heavily in the holidays. The only thing we really put effort into was her birthday… at which point I become the cake baking diva.

This year, that was different. Seeing as how I now live in a new city with my fiance’, and his mother is literally a sneeze away, this became “the opportunity for us to come together as a family.”

Let me translate that for you – that means “you get to cook for my mom.” Yay, I think?

So, it is written. I will be transporting my kit, my groceries, and my skills so that I can throw down that low down self-taught-know-how in NYC. Okay… let’s do this.

Aside from all the fun talk, when I asked what a “Clean Thanksgiving” looks like, I got a few people who made comments similar to “that doesn’t exist.” You sure about that? All it takes is avoiding processed foods and letting nature take care of you as it should. No stress… perhaps a lot of time, but easy on the struggle-life powdered mashed potatoes, though.

I was able to snap a few photos of the day with the new, official BGG2WL camera that will be taking all of our photos from here on out. Trust me… considering what I’ve got in store for the blog, you’ll be glad I’ve got it.

Anyway, once the tea started flowin’…

…it was time to get choppin’…

…and spicin’…

(the prelude to an amazing macaroni and cheese, yes indeed...)

…and dicin’…

…and before you know it, the kitchen starts smelling like a holiday. Cranberry sauce…

…macaroni and cheese…

…collard greens still cooking in the pot…

…and the chicken – not a single solitary person desired turkey on Thanksgiving, and thank goodness – complete with a pot full of dressing…

Let’s just say that there was plenty of food. I’m still getting used to keeping a camera on deck in the kitchen, so I didn’t get to photograph a couple of the dishes – namely my deep dish cinnamon apple pie – before they were ravaged. Either way, everyone was happy and I made a great impression on the future Mama-in-law. Those of you who’ve had to cook for your significant other’s family already know what kind of pressure that can be. One false move, and you’re getting invites to eat dinner at their house. Every. Night. Either that, or Mama’s showing up in your kitchen trying to “show you something.” Naw, I had to let her know that we’re good over here. (Kidding! Sorta. Ha!)

Everything that was in that kitchen was local and made from scratch, except the whole wheat macaroni noodles. Kept it pretty simple, kept it clean, kept it local and it worked out well.

Yes, clean Thanksgivings exist.

Now let me go put together these recipes before y’all beat me up!

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Aisha November 28, 2011 - 9:49 AM

I actually think Thanksgiving is when most families give up processed foods. We tend to go back to our roots but that may also mean too much sugar or fat. Three Thanksgivings with his family and three thanksgivings in a row his momma ruined the dressing. Two years in a row she decided not to make dessert. This year no butter rolls. She’s accidentally making it healthier. Last year I took over the potato salad and dressing just to make sure my two favorite things are on the table. He made a baked apples with cranberry orange sauce in phyllo cups.

Erika Nicole Kendall November 28, 2011 - 10:18 AM

LOL You’ve never seen those mashed potatoes from the box/flakes, or the store-bought formerly-frozen sweet potato pie? Some people just have a tough time with cooking and want their families to have a lot to eat, so they resort to the processed foods.

W. Nicole November 28, 2011 - 10:07 PM

I was a sophomore in college before I knew boxed potatoes existed. My friend and I were in the store and she said she wanted to get mashed potatoes. Naturally I walked to the produce section. She was like where u going? I was like you want potatoes right! She was like “no boxed potatoes”. I damn near fainted!!!

cassandre November 28, 2011 - 9:52 AM

all i have to say is that macaroni looks divine and i need that recipe ASAP 🙂 lol.. also, side note, I spent a lot of time on your site yesterday as I have been thinking about adapting the “clean eating” lifestyle and was doing a bit of research. i just wanted to say thanks for all the information you provide.. very helpful.. also, didn’t realize you were in NYC.. welcome to the city that never sleeps…

Erika Nicole Kendall November 28, 2011 - 10:20 AM

Thank you! And YES, I’m struggling with that “always on the go”ism that’s so prevalent, here!

Healthy living November 28, 2011 - 10:18 AM

Wow that looks super good! You have given me the courage to start making cranberry sauce, I am always nervous because cranberries are so bitter. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Staci November 28, 2011 - 11:23 AM

Hi I am trying to start that clean living thing and trying to lose some weight and I need help. I dont want to take pills, I jus want to get motivated and lose it the right healthy way. Please help and give me some guidance.

Nicole November 29, 2011 - 12:35 AM

I would suggest going to the categories page (https://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/categories/) and start reading through all of Erica’s articles. Literally read 2-3 articles a day (or more if you have time), until you get through all of them. This website is a GOLDMINE of information and can help you get some perspective.

You also may want to check out the “Skinny Bitch” books and “The Vegetarian Myth”. The contrasting messages in both books can give you some EXCELLENT insight into our food supply, the environment, what’s in your stomach now and what you SHOULD be putting in your mouth in the future. Michael Pollan’s books are also good reads and can really help you get a grip on what’s healthy and safe to eat.

Good luck 🙂

MW December 17, 2011 - 3:20 PM

Hi Erika,
Your Thanksgiving meal looked wonderful. I would love to recreate your meal for my family. Is there any way I can have your Thanksgiving recipes?

erigirl July 21, 2012 - 2:07 PM

so when do we get these recipes please??!

Erika Nicole Kendall July 9, 2014 - 1:19 PM

You got it!

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