Im either going up to Westchester with Jen to visit our friends for Thanksgiving (not sure yet) OR staying at my place and cooking up something fun and thankful for just the two of us. Ive been going through the Sparkpeople Recipes website and searching through everything they have for Occasion:Thanksgiving and Im pretty sure my teeth are about to rot out of my mouth just reading all these desserts.
The first 15 pages were made up of:
Pumpkin desserts or drinks: 62
Sweet Potato Pie or other sweet casserole: 14
Cranberry Sauce, Salsa or Stuffing: 14
Vegetables plus fruit plus sweet stuff: 6
Green Bean Casserole: 5
Other desserts and sweet side dishes: 15
Classic Entree (Turkey, Ham, etc): 11
Healthy Casserole, Soup or Side Dish (non sweet flavored): 21
So Im thinking of planning to do this…
slicing up very thin quarter-shaped pieces of boiled or steamed parsnips and arranging them on a baking sheet with some scallions and purple onions and red potatoes. Then I will mix a little honey and water together and coat them all with the mixture and sprinkle it all with sea salt and thyme and rosemary and garlic and stick it in the oven to roast and get all crispy and this will be Vegetable Dish #1
Then Im going to chop up 3 or 4 yellow squashes and throw them in the nonstick pan with some real butter and a tiny bit of seasalt (just cause I like seasalt better for flavor) and teeny tiny bits of scallions and garlic and a little bit of basil and oregano and parsley and brown ‘em all up and that will be Vegetable Dish #2
Then Im going to make a cold salad with baby spinach, feta cheese crumbles, pecans, walnuts, hard boiled egg bits, cauliflower bits, cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, purple onions, radishes and yellow and red peppers and black beans. This will be Vegetable Dish #3
Instead of a turkey this year, Im going to make a homemade from scratch chicken stew with carrots and little baby new potatoes and pearl onions and squash and barley and celery and omnomnomnomnomnomnomnoms
Im going to make simply WHITE bread dinner rolls because its a holiday and I dont want to eat cardboard.
For dessert, Im going to make some kind of blackberry cream cheese pecan pan of sexiness and delishness.
Im als going to try to make Bikini_Dreamer’s version of Chef Meg’s Roasted Root Vegetables and replace the squash dish if I can.
As far as Saturday’s dinner for two, this is what I served:
Butternut Squash Rotinis with creole tomato cream sauce
mozzarella sprinkled breadsticks
green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cauliflower, carrots with very little and very lite cheese
Jack n Coke
& cherry pie
It was two thumbs up high five dinner victory
In other news, Im wearing my fat pants today.