This turkey is looking a little too confident.
Okay, so, y’all still wondering if I’m sticking to the healthy menu? Uh, yeah. And I just saw that McD’s is offering those cool coke glasses with extra value meals, so this health crazed Thanksgiving dinner is just in time, cuz we need some new glasses up in here.
I stalked my Weight Watchers meeting last week and got some pretty cool recipes. But the Hungry Girl original cookbook also has some
super uber healthy recipes. What is uber anyways? So, anyways, here’s my menu and my tricks I’m working in.
Turkey Breast _ Ricardo is the Turkeymeister and will be smoking the turkey in his cool new smoker. So, I’m watching tv the other day, and they say the best and basic way to calculate how big of a turkey you need is a pound a person. Really? Because the correct serving size for meats is 3_6oz. What’s up with that? It turns out that you can’t _or shouldn’t _ smoke a turkey breast without the skin. It’ll dry out and be all crazy smoky. So, I found what is called a bone_in turkey breast. They just cut off the legs and wings. I’m paying for the parts of the bird I want, and it has the skin on it for smoking purposes. Might I add, when you smoke something with skin on it, you aren’t in the slightest bit tempted to eat the skin. It’s gross, tastes like a turkey_flavored ashtray. So, that healths it up even more.
Mashed Potatoes _ yukon gold potatoes boiled in chicken broth and then mashed up with chicken broth.
Gravy _ Okay y’all, I have a confession to make. I am a lady from the South who loves to cook and for the life of me, cannot make gravy. The shame. The guilt. So, I don’t even think they have this little gem in the grocery stores in Texas, but, I found pre_made gravy in a jar, FAT FREE! What!? I know. Sounds gross, now that I type it, but I tasted it and it’s good, so I’m going with it.
Sweet Potatoes _ What’s momontherocks, you’re all going healthy on us, and you’re serving sweet potatoes AND mashed potatoes? Isn’t that redundant? Yes. And I’m doing it on principle. I’ve had to fight for my holiday dual carb veggies in the past, and so, I’m standing and delivering on that principle still. Gone are the days of the Sweet Potato Balls. And y’all, those balls are GOOD. But I got a recipe at the Weight Watchers meeting where you boil the potatoes (no sweet potatoes in a can, they are soaking in syrup and really, the pilgrims would frown on that, don’t you think?) And then mash them up with crushed pineapple and a little bit of brown sugar and vanilla. Then just a little bit of dots of marshmallows, not a 4″ layer. Just enough for the sweet and the toasted efffect.
Green Bean Casserole _ Okay, this one is a must at my house. And when I was pregnant, I made it and ate it EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY, I say! So, now, in an effort to not freak Ricardo out with a false alarm of what now can only be construed as the immaculate conception, I only serve it on Thanksgiving. Get some french style green beans, mix it up with some 98% fat free cream of celery soup, sliced water chestnuts, and mushrooms,a little bit of milk, and some salt and pepper. Put that in a baking dish, and then top it with _ get this _ garlic and onion flavored soy crisps. What, but those fried onion things are so yummy!? I know, and they leave a waxy film on the roof of your mouth. Imagine what they’re leaving on your arteries.
Caramel Apple Salad _ I really only have a few more pounds to lose at Weight Watchers. And I will keep going back just for the recipes. Cut up about 3 granny smith apples, mix with some fat_free sugar_free instant butterscotch pudding mix (the small package), an 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple. Mix all that up, then fold in 8 ounces of Lite Cool Whip and 1 cup of minimarshmallows. All my points peeps out there, 1cup = 2 points. What what? I know. You are welcome. It’s a new recipe I’m excited to try.
Judy’s salad _ My fantastic MIL is bringing a salad. I heart this salad. It’s got shredded cabbage and ramen noodles and stuff in it. She keeps telling me the recipe, but I just keep asking her to make it. It’s so yummy and tangy and good!
Pecan Pie _ I’m breaking down and making the traditional pecan pie. It’s very bad in carbs, calories, fat and points. I’m making it just so everyone knows I’m not crazy health craze lady. Just keepin it real is all.
Self_Crust Pumpkin Pie _ again, why I go to Weight Watchers _ for the recipes. This is some kind of magic chemistry induced pie. You mix it all together, and then when it bakes, it makes it’s own crust. I’m in love. Bring it on. mix up 2 eggs, 1 can 15 ounces of real pumpkin puree, 2/3 c. brown sugar, 1 c. nonfat milk powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp flour, 1 c. water. Mix it up and pour it into a pie plate. Bake at 350 til it’s done (about 45 mins). One FOURTH of the pie, y’all, is 4 points.
And I got some whole wheat and multi_grain rolls.
And there it is. It’ll still be a big meal. It’ll just be a big healthy meal. Let me know if y’all try any of these recipes. The other thing I like about all these dishes is how easy they will be to prepare. Yay!
Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!
That’s how I roll.