Any Thanksgiving ideas on foods

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-12-01 13:48:52 -0600
Started 2013-11-27 19:04:49 -0600

I was just wondering if anyone has special meals or side dish ideas that are tasty yet healthy that work for them, this is my first Thanksgiving diagnosed with type 2 and would just like some menu ideas that are a hit:) thanks DC family!!!

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Glucerna 2013-11-29 21:27:40 -0600 Report

I hope everyone enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner. What is your favorite way to use leftover turkey? I like to make soup with lots of vegetables. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2013-11-29 10:02:52 -0600 Report

Well, we do it Paleo style so ours was smoked turkey (didn’t need no stinkin’ gravy), roasted acorn squash, creamed onions, and fresh beets. A little higher in carbs and sugars than we’re used to, but only one serving of each left us full. Only about 40g carbs for the whole meal, but 40g protein too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-28 12:22:41 -0600 Report

Sugar why do you make eating harder than it has to be? Why is it that you can't eat what the family is eating? Food is not the enemy. All you have to do is stay away from high carb foods like white potatoes, breads, pasta, and the green bean casserole, sit down and enjoy your meal with everyone else. There only food I don't eat at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie because I don't like it and bread. I have lots of meat and veggies and a little mashed potatoes, dressing w/gravy and I am fine.

mspiggy81 2013-11-27 19:22:23 -0600 Report

Collards/mixed/turnip greens are a good side dish option.
Instead of candied yams, bake fresh sweet potatoes and add butter and cinnamon.
Have a veggie plate for appetizers instead of chips and such.
Whole grain rolls instead of white dinner rolls.
Instead of the traditional Green Bean Casserole, steam fresh Green Beans and add some toasted Almonds.
I've seen a few low(er) carb stuffing/dressing recipes online.
To dial back the mashed potatoes a bit use coconut/almond milk instead of regular milk. Top with cheese instead of gravy.
Some recipes that call for white flour can be replaced with Almond flour or corn starch.
Anywhere you can swap out sugar with Stevia/Splenda.

Check out the recipe section here on DC, there are some really yummy looking ones there.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-28 12:31:44 -0600 Report

Mspiggy you are correct. I think people make a big deal out of eating for Holidays than they do for any other meal. I have mixed kale/collards and I cooked them in smoked turkey. I have sweet potato casserole without the marshmallows. I am making gravy with white flour because I forgot to buy Corn Starch. I am allergic to nuts so I can't use any nut products. I skipped the mashed potatoes because my sister didn't want them. I also made dressing.

I found out that when using sweet potatoes do not use artificial sweeteners because it changes the potatoes. I didn't know that until I saw a chef say that then read an article on it. I bought an apple pie with no sugar for dessert.

A cousin asked me to bring an apple pie for dessert last year so I bought one with no sugar added and removed the label. After it was all gone someone asked where did I get the pie and I said Giant with no sugar added. Not one person noticed the difference.

Glucerna 2013-11-28 08:46:04 -0600 Report

These are great ideas! I like to offer at least two, and preferably three different lower carbohydrate vegetable side dishes like roasted cauliflower or Brussels sprouts finished with a splash of balsamic vinegar. My family doesn't mind skipping the stuffing and rolls. Try one new recipe this year, eat smaller portions of the higher carbohydrate foods and enjoy the turkey! ~Lynn @Glucerna

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