With (Canadian) Thanksgiving in a couple days, it’s time to get ready for the big turkey dinner (or chicken or tofurkey, if turkey isn’t your thing). As I mentioned in my last post, my sister and I usually take on the big holidays because we like to cook. We never did celebrate Thanksgiving too much when we were younger, but that changed when we took charge of the kitchen. My mom never liked the taste of turkey, so we would usually have chicken, but that changed when she had turkey that was cooked properly (i.e., wrapped in bacon). Of course, that wasn’t going to happen all the time (although the rest of my family wants to do that this weekend), but we found a way to cook the turkey to her liking that still left it moist and flavourful.
Unfortunately, this is another picture-less post–I’ve been saving this recipe for a year now, but I can’t find old photos!
Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. Growing up, we never really celebrated it much, until my sister and I were a bit older and were enthralled by the Food Network and their Thanksgiving-themed recipes, leading us to want to participate in our house cooking. With that meant taking on all of the major holidays, because we just loved to cook and experimenting different flavour combinations rather than cooking traditional dishes.
With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, this was a product of some inspiration I had because, well, mashed potatoes as a side is SO boring. It’s also just starchy and plain and with no flavour. Don’t get me wrong, potatoes can still be good for you (depending on how you cook it) since it’s full of nutrients and vitamins, and I mean you can certainly add to it and dress it up, but it’s still just mushy carbohydrates. So I’m always looking for alternatives to potatoes.
I love having cereal for breakfast (second to oatmeal… or maybe they’re both even on my list). I love when my cereal is a bowl of granola. I love putting granola as toppings on oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or smoothies. Often times though, the granola in stores are high in unnecessary sugars and fats — not all, but most.
Smoothies are a great way of incorporating all sorts of fruits and veggies. They are also a good snack, after a workout, for breakfast, or even a meal replacement (perhaps for you raw foodists out there!). Ever since I got a Vitamix for Christmas, I have been having fun making all sorts of smoothies, trying out recipes and experimenting myself.
I often go to potlucks and struggle with trying to find a dish to take. Most people sign up to bring desserts, but there’s not many main courses or nothing to snack on. I’ve always loved the 7-layered dip found at Costco and thought I’d create a healthier version of it — plus I know what ingredients I’m putting into it. I brought it to a potluck twice now and people loved it and didn’t suspect it was healthy!