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My Thanksgiving Plans

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Writing everything down has always helped me get organized or at least FEEL more organized and I’m in desperate need of that feeling right now. I have 5 family members coming in tonight for the Thanksgiving and 3 more tomorrow morning. I’m very excited about the holiday but as Chief Cook and Host of the festivities, I have a wee bit of extra responsibility.

So I thought why not share my Thanksgiving plans. It will help me get organized, makes my shopping list and maybe give you some ideas as well. Albeit it’s awfully close to the big day so I doubt I’ll be any help at this point.

Breakfast

Last year I started a tradition that part of me regrets. Not because I think it’s a "bad" thing but because I tend to go overboard and these things are a HUGE temptation for me. One is fine but this momma can eat at least 3 before her internal full meter starts to even jiggle.

Curious yet? :) Ok, Ok, I make these….

They are fast, easy, tasty, and a CROWD pleaser! With the kids up at the crack of down and grandparents downing coffee just to stay awake, nothing beats the smell of a cinnamon bun.

I would love to make my overnight steel cooked oats and have a breakfast topping bar with dried fruit, berries and nuts but I fear it’s going a bit overboard for my family and honestly, the thought of the extra work at this point makes me shudder. I use my crock pot for the sweet potatoes anyway and I have a system where everything is in the pots they are going to be cooked in the night before.

And in all Honesty, I’m actually excited for the cinnamon buns as it’s the only time of year I eat them. So they are a total treat for me. :)

Turkey Trot

Why am I so worried about a stupid cinnamon bun? I just remembered next on my agenda is the turkey trot! Last year the Husband, Mom and the kids joined me. They walked. I ran. Not sure if anyone is tagging along this year but I’m registered and ready to go. So excited as I get to wear my running for two shirt and now I’m really showing!

I don’t want to put any pressure on myself but I’d love to finish it in about 35 minutes. That seems to be my pace now at 5 months. Regardless of how long it takes I’m excited, the running and the event put in me a good mood the rest of the day and in a weird way, help me deal with the stress of the holiday.

Note: Haven’t decided if I should put the turkey in before I leave yet. It’s a timing thing.

Snack Spread

When I get back I put out the snack spread which holds everyone off until dinner. On my list..

Vegetable tray with hummus and dressing for dipping. I was going to go only hummus but I thought I’d ease the family into this year and see how they like it. So I’ll also have the white creamy stuff as back up.

Cheese and cracker plate. I rarely buy block cheese anymore as it’s another one of those things I have a hard time stopping once I start. But on Thanksgiving I’ll buy a few blocks and put together a platter with whole wheat crackers and a good salami.

Nuts! I always buy a bag of mixed nuts in the shells for the holidays. Actually I buy them all season. The fact that they are in the shells helps me not go overboard while adding the fun factor to make them appealing to the kids. Little many loves to open them up and is getting quite good at it!

Fruit Bowl. This year I’ll have clementines, apples and pears out for quick grabbing. It’s amazing how many gravitate to fresh fruit when it’s made readily available.

The DINNER!

Ok, on my menu this year….

Turkey, of course. We are a bird stuffing family. I have a recipe for stuffing I experimented a while back with but alas the husband is a stove top man. With all my healthy additions to the meal I decided this year to cave and make the stuffing with a stovetop base. However! I will be using the whole grain version, adding sausage and a TON of fresh veggies, including leeks (got them from the farm,) celery, spinach and carrots. I may even add some pecans but that may be pushing it. ;)

Mashed Potatoes are covered! My "lightened" Recipe is a crowd pleaser so I’ll be making a bunch. Click here for my Creamy Mashed Potatoes "Formula"

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes. These are also a crowd pleaser. This year I’m going to add some carrots because I’m overloaded with them. The best part of this dish is the prep and forget about it aspect. Simply put everything in the crock pot and bam! Amazing sweet potatoes ready at meal time. Click here for the slow cooker sweet potato recipe.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts. This was an addition last year and everyone loved them. I will make them like this but I’m considering adding some pecans and maybe a splash of balsamic vinegar. Haven’t decided yet though. Straight up seems to please everyone.

Corn. This is for the husband mostly. He’s a corn man. :) So I prepare some simply and put it on the side.

Cranberry sauce. We are a canned cranberry sauce family. I don’t care what people say about it, canned cranberry sauce is one of those things you only eat ones a year and it’s totally fun. I’m a HUGE fan. That reminds me.. got to put it in the fridge now to chill it for tomorrow! :)

Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls. This is our roll of choice for the meal. Everyone loves them and I just buy the reduced fat variety out of habit. We can’t tell the difference.

The only other thing I’m considering is a Harvest Type salad. I happen to have tons of spinach and arugula and I’m thinking that with some pears, dried cranberries, pecans, maybe a bit of cheese and a quick dressing would be a fun addition. I’m gonna gauge the family on that one tomorrow morning.

Post Dinner…

NOTHING. I have nothing planned except clean up and if it’s nice out.. getting the family outside for a game of spit or a nice walk. If it’s not.. we will be firing up the old Wii for the family fun. ;)

Dessert and Coffee

A few hours later we’ll have some Dessert and coffee. I picked up some butter cookies and biscotti from a local store and tonight I’ll bake up some quick Simple Pumpkin Spice Mini-Loaves. I’m also on the way to the store to pick up some last minute supplies, if an apple pie happens to catch my eye I’m game. It’s a favorite of mine.

That’s it! That’s my Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday. Be present and NO worries about your "diet." No one will remember what you ate our how you looked but they will remember the time you spent with them.

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Discussion

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    tj

    November 24, 2010

    Your menu sounds very similar to what our family does. :) I gotta eat breakfast or it sets me off on a bad foot. lol We don’t eat lunch- just picking stuff & I am making a WW friendly spinach/artichoke dip to help. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Roni! :)

    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations

    November 24, 2010

    Dinner looks wonderful. It’s the crescent rolls that are TOTALLY my weakness on Thanksgiving. They’re simply dangerous in my presence.

    jen (jeninRL)

    November 24, 2010

    I LOVE your food choices!! Mine are similar – we start Turkey day with cinnamon buns (thank you pillsbury)!! WE are also canned cranberry people – just so ya know!! we are having Brussels as well but I decided to go with roasted cauliflower so I am shredding the brussels to saute with onions and bacon…mmmmm bacon!! And of course pllsbury will be providing the crescent rolls at my house!!

    HAVE a great time at your Turkey Trot – I didnt sign up for an official 5K but me and my sister are hitting the streets for some per-Turkey running!

    Have fun with the Family!! Sorry for rambling here!!

    MUCH LOVE, jen

    Valerie

    November 24, 2010

    I bought a fresh turkey that I am brining. I got a fabulous brine at Williams-Sonoma. Can’t wait to try it out. I make homemade cranberry sauce and I’m the only one that eats it. I may not make it and just wait until we’re home for Christmas and eat my Mom’s. I am also making green beans. Just steamed. Maybe corn too. Mashed potatoes are a must. My husband is also a stove top stuffing kinda guy so I’ve relented this year because otherwise the “real” stuff goes to waste.
    I like the idea of a veggie tray and may have to hit the store on my way home from jury duty today to get some items. I make homemade hummus but haven’t eaten any since I discovered I have a peanut allergy. I ate garbanzo beans the day after my bad reaction and felt a little reaction-y; same with snap peas. Not sure if they trigger a reaction or if it was residual from the day before.
    Dessert is just baked apples. Cut up some apples; top ’em with a little fresh squeezed OJ, cinnamon, and Splenda brown sugar. Delish. You won’t even miss the crust!!!

    RhodeyGirl

    November 24, 2010

    I love the Thanksgiving plan! I also LOVEEE those cinnamon rolls but I can eat SO MANY in one sitting that I can’t buy them anymore. Seriously.

    Will you post photos of yourself now that you’re showing? I know you show us your belly in your videos, but I’d love to see a photo too! I am so so so excited for you!

    Ortal

    November 24, 2010

    Great menu! I really liked your last comment:

    “. Be present and NO worries about your “diet.” No one will remember what you ate our how you looked but they will remember the time you spent with them. ”

    Excellent advice! Im hosting myself for the first time ever, and have been coming here and GLB for tips for a long time! Thank you for all you do.

    Lori

    November 24, 2010

    Have a Happy! Menu is similiar to mine. Turkey, stuffing, mashed pots, SIL bringing sweet pots also, corn, peas, carrots, broccoli in cheese sauce (my all time fave), cornbread and a salad. I am skipping pots but will have stuffing and dessert. I am also running in the morning. No turkey trot tomorrow in my area so I will do my own. Cheers!

    RG

    November 24, 2010

    FYI – too late for tomorrow, but TJ’s has bake-at-home croissants that are amazing! I would go ahead with the salad – and add grated carrots since you have plenty. The dinner sounds carb-heavy; yes there is a veggie platter for snacking and brussels sprouts, but I’m more likely to eat a vegetable at the table. If people are driving in locally they might come with a dessert or two, but as long as you limit your personal consumption to one day – how much damage can you do? Don’t answer that.

    Kimberly

    November 24, 2010

    I am making your roasted brussel sprouts too. I’ve never made them before but they look so delicious.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your run goes well tomorrow.

    Cindy

    November 24, 2010

    Sounds great! I love your idea of putting everything in the pot it’s going to be cooked in tonight however we went one step further. We’ve already cooked everything but the turkey and will reheat everything else tomorrow. We always feel everything with Thanksgiving dinner is always best as leftovers anyway. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    anna

    November 24, 2010

    my hub is a stovetop man too….but i found holiday stovetop with cranberries in it! can’t wait to try it.

    Lori T

    November 25, 2010

    Sounds great Roni! happy thanksgiving :) I’m thankful for you and your wonderful blog along with all you do!

    Melissa

    November 25, 2010

    We do Cinnibons Thanksgiving morning and Christmas morning, I always look forward to it cause it’s the only time we eat them:)

    Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life

    November 26, 2010

    I love the meal ideas, especially all the veggies! I would do that salad! pears and cheese, you can’t go wrong!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the day with your loved ones!!

    Wifey

    November 27, 2010

    Love the shirt! Too cute. Your meal sounds delish. Hope you had a great run and a fabulous Turkey Day!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey