My Thanksgiving Menu

By Heather44118 Latest Reply 2011-11-20 19:01:29 -0600
Started 2011-11-17 11:58:28 -0600

Hi guys, thought I would share my thanksgiving menu:
dinner: roasted turkey, mashed potatoes ( to lower the carbs peel, and cut up soak in cold water for at least 8 hours, rince and then cook in clean water), baked sweet potatoes, green beans steamed with almond slices and a handfull of whole cranberries, im trying to find a recipie for rolls made out of soybean flour.
snacks: veggie trays with yogurt dip, airpopped popcorn
desserts: low carb pumpkin pie, jello salad made with sugarfree jello, angelfood cake with strawberry rubarb sauce,
it is still going to be hard and we will still have to watch what we eat but making better choices of what to serve will help everyone..

Happy holidays all…

29 replies

lifedriver 2011-11-18 16:33:11 -0600 Report

Well, Guess Who's coming to dinner? Have a nice one and it sounds great. There really are not any bad foods it is just eating the right portions. LIVE

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-18 14:13:28 -0600 Report

Heather: your menu sounds wonderful…I didn't knoiw that about mashed potatoes or should I say perparing the potatoes. I'll have to try that. Your dessarts sound just wonderful, but remember, just one… :-) Have a wonderful day, Happy Thanksgiving to you…Hugs…Valentine Lady

berrykins0 2011-11-18 11:36:34 -0600 Report

sounds good keeping it simple and healthy easy to count and weigh potions that way.sorry i sound like crazy person i'm a counting weighing type person with my food. love your meal idea simlar to what i like to have for thanksgiving.have any leftovers pass them on by through the internet.have a nice thanksgiving day. had to add a little humor to it.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 07:21:01 -0600 Report

You are making me hungry! I want to come over and join you!! LOL :)
I found out this year my family is going in all different directions so my daugher and i are on our own. I think i'm going to do a beer can chicken on the grill!

ShellyLargent 2011-11-17 12:53:14 -0600 Report

Sounds good! What time is dinner? :)

I'm having a hard time with my family about dinner right now. I'm the only one in the family with daibetes, and all I did was make some suggestions on "better" choices for the dinner menu, like a carrot casserole recipe I have that would be lower in carbs than the traditional candied yams, using steamed and mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes (even suggested going half cauliflower and half potatoes), and fresh veggies for snacks. I even offered to bring all the stuff and make it. Now my grandmother, who is a very traditional and old fashioned woman, thinks I don't like her cooking and feels like, in her words, "her time is over…" My mom thinks it;s a good idea and is all for it. So we're going to make the alternative dishes and hope that Grandma won't be hurt for too long.

Young1s 2011-11-19 13:37:49 -0600 Report

Hello Shelly. I know all too well about this. It's tough but it will pass.

Some years back my mom voluntarily hung up her apron. She said she was tired and didn't want to do it anymore, so I took over everything. The first couple of years I had some minor disasters but over time my recipes improved and I started getting raves about them. This did not sit well with my mother. She would compare my techniques to hers and I even caught her trying to add something to one of my dishes while my back was turned. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't trying to sabotage the recipe, she was just "making improvements". I finally had to remind her that it was her idea to not cook the meal anymore. I suggested that she jump back in and help, if that's what she wanted to do, but never by any means try to "fix" any of my recipes again. (I said it Nicely.)

Nowadays, she is more than happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the day as it unfolds. As long as she surrounded by family, especially the grandchildren, she is on cloud nine. I suspect your grandmother will start to see it that way too. Good luck to you.

2011-11-19 15:01:11 -0600 Report

Sounds like what a lot of mothers do. They "tweak" your recipes when it's your 1st @ bat. Mine is going to be really easy. I'll go to my aunts & still have to bring my own "real imitation" ;> turkey! I can not consume any of the side dishes, due 2 the fact that they'll be all carb laden w/a little bit of sodium and calories thrown in for good measures. Not good 4 this diabetic. NE way since I'm a vegan I'll just stick w/my "real imitation" turkey. It's made from all the goodness from tofu. It says so, right on the pkg!! So it's gotta be true!! Lol :D

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-19 20:08:28 -0600 Report

Annalease, I took care of my mom when she was unable to go into the kitchen and cook. She taught me how to make dinner rolls the way her mother taught her, sitting in the living room. Don't ask me how I got them to turn out the way she made them. I also learned to make homemade cookies and cakes her way. She rarely used a recipe. Today I can do it all except make the rolls. The first year I had to do the turkey, she told me when to check it and when it was done and it was perfect. Thankfully she never tried to sabotage my meals. The only complaint I got was biscuits I made. They would not brown. Turned out I used half a box of pancake mix instead of bisquick. Even the birds would not eat that mess…lol. Happy Thanksgiving.

Young1s 2011-11-19 20:28:36 -0600 Report

In case there was a misunderstanding I never meant to imply that I thought my mother was trying to sabotage anything. She wasn't. It's just that for years my mom has been known as the "Doctor It Up Master." If something didn't come out right in a recipe she always seemed to know how to "fix" it. My only peave with her is that if I like the way it tastes, and other people like the way it tastes then leave it alone. Or better yet, doctor her own personal plate…not my whole dish. Hope that clarifies things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-20 16:32:34 -0600 Report

LOL my aunt the worse cook in the family was famous for doing that. We always had to fill our plates before she came in the kitchen to "Doctor it up" and make it worse than anything you wanted to taste. Thanks for the clarification. Huggs and Happy Thanksgiving.

Young1s 2011-11-20 16:40:57 -0600 Report

Hahahahaha… I think we all have or maybe even some of us are that "Doctor" in the family. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

2011-11-19 15:33:21 -0600 Report

I absolutely love 'em!! In fact I just finished 1 yesterday. This is the only time that you can get them. So I buy 2 or 3 of them & stick them into the freezer. I wish they would sell them year 'round. So until they do, I'll just stick them in the ol' freezer.

Young1s 2011-11-19 16:07:02 -0600 Report

Woww. That is great. Too bad about the seasonal thing though. Try writing a letter to the company. They might not know there is an interest for them yearound. Maybe one day I will be bold enough to try one. Maaybe. Lol

2011-11-20 19:01:29 -0600 Report

They taste (well @ least 2 me) like the real thing. But then what do I know? I've been eating them for years.

berrykins0 2011-11-18 11:39:07 -0600 Report

sometimes person has to do what's best for them and hope they don't hurt someones feelings.i hope all goes well with your thanks giving meal take care.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-19 20:15:14 -0600 Report

berrykins I agree with you. Your health is more important than hurt feelings. In time those feelings will pass. We usually have dinner at my cousins house. He fretted because he could not think of anything to get me so I could have dessert. I told him not to worry I would bring my own. I made sugar free strawberry mousse that required cream cheese. I put it in his fridge with a note saying it was sugar free and for me. Several of my cousins tasted it and loved it. People have a very hard time understanding why someone can't eat some foods. I find this in my older relatives but since some of my cousins have diabetes they understand and will ask me what I can or cannot eat. They also know I have a lot of food allergies so now I don't have a problem eating at a relatives house. Happy Thanksgiving.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-17 19:51:06 -0600 Report

Shelly, this will be a great time to have a long talk with your grandmother and explain to her the challenges that you face on a daily basis with diabetes. Let her know how much you miss the old favorites but it is your life at stake. Let her know that it is your holiday but diabetes does not take a holiday. Dang wouldn't it be nice if it did. If she does not understand nor want to understand then it is on her not you. Maybe if you feel ok with just taking a taste of some of the foods that she prides herself in cooking that might help to ease any tension.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-20 16:59:16 -0600 Report

Very good point ME. Shelly's grandmother may not understand but if Shelly can she should use a teaspoon and sample the foods she can eat. This will appease her grandmother especially if she raves about how much she misses her home cooked meals. She should also show her the tools she uses to monitor her blood sugar. I look forward to using my tablespoon to fill my plate Thanksgiving. However, since I am not going out to eat, I will have foods I can eat and not worry too much about controlling my blood sugar.

Heather44118 2011-11-17 13:59:16 -0600 Report

i know its so very hard to please everyone. In one way I am luck we will be having 5 diabetics at dinner. dinner is at 4pm lol. I am the only one in the family who like cauliflower so can't do it that way. good luck . we don't do candied yams. the carrots sound good. I steam them with fresh mint and then add a bit of butter. what if you let grandma make one special dish, you might not be able to eat it but it might please her. happy holidays

ShellyLargent 2011-11-17 17:29:01 -0600 Report

She's in charge of the turkey and stuffing. She does this from time to time now that most of us (the family) are so spread out and she's been living with my parents. She just wants things back to the way it used to be. She means well.

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