Here's the deal we as humans trying to win the battle of health, happiness, and fitness always want these amazing recipes that tantalize the taste buds but are healthy and don't hit the calorie bank so hard. I made a deal with my San Antonio Spark team to post one Thanksgiving recipe. I have a few to share with you. They are simple, delectable, a crowd pleaser, and a healthy alternative to stuff our faces with on a traditionally calorie based blowout of the year!
1- Roasted Carrots- Not only do these Baby look gourmet and add a pop of color to the main course but they will be gone. Everyone will put 'just one' on their plate and will be going back for seconds. My favorite way to prepare these are to get the long organic style, peel outer layer and leave some of the ends on for display purposes. In a baking dish pour 1 tsp canola(or olive oil) and 1 tbs walnut oil(if you haven't tried this healthy fat get you some now). Next your going to stir in fresh garlic, a smidge salt, garlic pepper or lemon pepper. Now roll the carrots all about. Set oven to 350-ish and start roasting. THATS IT. No fancy nothing. I am convinced my mom and my mil didnt know how to cook veggies bc we cant get enough roasted, baked, sauted, steamed veggies around here. The key to yummy veggies of all types is to never boil them bc thats gross. Go home bubbling soupy water- your not wanted here.
2-Grilled zucchini- Follow the steps above for oils and seasoning. Slice Zucchini lengthwise slices. Cook on either grill or in baking dish in the oven. Add Provolone to melt all over after cooking, just a little not an entire patty. dollop small amount of pesto. Again I dare you to not go back for seconds and thirds. Your welcome.
3- A little less healthy is going to be what I like to call asparagus fries. My kid goes NUTS over these! The short cut and less healthy fashion is to use Pillsbury roll out dough or croissant dough- cut into strips. You will need to pan fry the asparagus about 1/2 way cooked. All I season with is garlic, salt, pepper and then cook. Remove from heat and let cool to the touch. If you want to get fancy you can add prosciutto Take dough slices and wrap in a swirl pattern around the asparagus place on cookie sheet, sprinkle with nuts if you see fit, I prefer walnuts. Cook as per dough directions. These look nice at the table or as an appetizer.
4- Now something for the traditional items...Add cauliflower mash to your golden potato mash- no one will be the wiser! You still use butter and creme and its going to get doused in gravy sauce anyway so save a few calories and not so wonderful lazy carbs for some energy carbs. My secret, I make cauliflower mash before anyone else gets into the kitchen and then add it while Im making the mashed taters ;)
5-You cant have a gathering without pie! But again why not have one healthy option on the desert table besides jello. This is another time saving mommy quicky. Another Pillsbury or other pie dough(not crust). frozen mixed berries, let them thaw a little. Add O calorie Stevia (again if you dont have the stevia drops and are trying to lose weight go get you some its $13 ish a bottle in the organic section and its worth it!)
Put the dough in pie dish. Add mixed berries and sweetener. Pour into center of pie dough. You can cover with a second crust but honestly thats just more calories per slice. Cook as per dough instructions and your done. Personally bc it is the holidays I serve with a fresh scoop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. (if you like thicker and less runny pie innards simply add corn starch) Oh and I like to sneak the leftovers into my oatmeal the morning after.
Now these are not the healthiest of healthy recipes, they are short cuts to saving yourself a little time and leaving you a little extra something something in the calorie bank at the end of 'gorge yourself into abliss as a family day' which honestly is one of my favorite holidays!