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Q&A Wednesday: What Does A “Clean Thanksgiving” Look Like?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Oh, you thought I was gonna answer this one? I’ll answer it Friday… after I’m done devouring…er, cleaning everything. Besides, I still have no idea what I’m making tomorrow. Yes, I’m THAT person who waits until the last minute to plan.

Today, YOU get to answer the Q&A! What are you making for the holiday? What dishes are you looking forward to the most? Double points if you’re sharing recipes with #teambgg2wl!

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Yasluvsme1 November 23, 2011 - 11:08 AM

Making the usual southern feast, but I will only be eating the greens, green beans and meat. And will be indulging in a small piece of pie since it will be a “skinny version”. I’ve been working out hard all week for tomorrow night and will do a quick short workout before I start cooking tomorrow.

JoAnna November 23, 2011 - 12:42 PM

Apple tart using 1 pie crust, last of the season Northern Spy apple slices, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, half a fresh lime and dotted with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45mins, and served with or without whipped cream, or homemade icecream.

Brined then smoked cornish hens.

Wild rice and mushroom dressing

green salad with vinaigrette

Homemade whole wheat rolls

Curried baked sweet potatoes

Stir-fried collards greens

Homemade orange cranberry sauce

At least that is what it looks like at my house!

Curlstar November 23, 2011 - 1:29 PM

I’m making crescent rolls from scratch, Brussels sprouts, freshly made peach frozen yogurt, and the veggie and herb-roasted turkey that I put down to brine last night.

I’m most looking forward to my family getting together and having a great time as usual, my mother in law’s sweet potatoes and my mom’s sweet potato pie. I just can’t decide which one is better! 🙂

Paulette November 23, 2011 - 2:52 PM

Since I am cooking, I planned the menu: roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted zucchini and squash with slivered almonds, spicy green beans, rolls, gravy, homemade cranberry relish, and homemade chocolate bundt cake.
Not sure how clean it is, but I am going to use a small plate, going to enjoy those items I like without overeating, eat my veggies and have a small wedge of cake.

Plus, I am running a 5k in the morning before I start cooking the turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
P.S. If anyone wants the cranberry relish recipe, I can post it.

Lorrie November 23, 2011 - 3:11 PM

Well I remember when everyone in my family was on the Atkins Diet, that was the most clean Thanksgiving AND Christmas we ever had (I lost 40lbs and gained it all back!). Instead of emphasizing and multiplying the amount of starch based dishes and desserts the focus was on varying veggie dishes and the meat.

So we ate creative things like:

homeade pepper coleslaw,
deep fried turkey,
asian style aldente long whole buttered green beans/asparagus,
everything -but-the-kitchen-sink fresh greens salad,
fancy pre-cut spiral ham (a lil more expensive than usual),
corn-on-the-cob (a clean starch, lol),
double greens mix with smoked turkey (wonderful pot liquor & healthy), citrus-cinnamon sweet potatoe dish,
steamed broccoli drizzled with salad dressing
…to name a few.

For dessert my aunt mastered a no-sugar jello dessert layered with fat free whip cream and grahm cracker crumbs (she was diabetic) and my mom would make a wonderful lime ambosia (no coconut or marshmellows!), good ol cut watermelon is always a treat and we experimented with different brands and percentages of dark chocolate.

Of course we still had to have gravy, stuffing and my moms sweet potatoe pies! BUT instead of making a football-sized pan of stuffing we made a small pan large enough for everyone to get one or two servings. Dont ask about the pies!…lol

Rudie November 23, 2011 - 3:25 PM

So far I’m looking at:
-roasted fresh young turkey w/an herb and citrus fruit rub
-mashed savory sweet potatoes (lots of garlic, turkey drippings, some homemade butter and a touch of cream)
-wheat yeast rolls (from scratch of course)
-veggie packed stuffing (carrots, celery, red, green, yellow, and orange peppers, plus sweet onions and lots of herbs… i like herbs, lol)
-green bean casserole (steamed green beans, homemade cream-of-mushroom-esque soup, oven “fried” vidalia onions)
-the classic macaroni and cheese (gives my mom an excuse to use her pasta maker while helping me make use of my copious amount of wheat flour)
-a pumpkin cake w/ a cream cheese drizzle (the maple syrup in place of confectioner’s sugar makes for better drizzle action it seems)
-an apple tart using honey crisp apples and almost no sugar

Then of course for the next week-month or so it’ll be dozens of iterations of turkey soups, salads, pot pies, stews, curries…

Aisha November 23, 2011 - 9:51 PM

Roasted Brussel sprouts
Braised Watercress
Cornbread dressing
Sweet potato
Pears poached in wine

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