I love Thanksgiving. Spending time with family, cozy weather, and the delicious food all combine to provide wonderful memories and associations! It's a time to reflect on all of my blessings, not the least of which is having good health!
When I started the SCD, it was tricky to figure out what to eat at Thanksgiving. I had been on the SCD for just a couple of months, and it was overwhelming...even the turkey was suspect - did it have "natural flavorings" or broth? And what would I possibly be able to substitute for my beloved stuffing and pumpkin pie?
Those first couple of Thanksgivings were a little bare. I tried to focus on the fact that I was thankful for being healthy, and just had a few unrelated things to eat alongside the turkey.
Over time, though, as the SCD became more of a way of life for me and I became more familiar with how to cook so that I can find substitutes for old favorites, I have built up a menu for Thanksgiving. And not just a menu, but what I consider to be a great menu!
Knowing how hard it can be to build up a menu you love, I want to share mine with you so you don't have to go through the process of building this up for yourself!
This has been compiled over many years with much trial and error, with the help of others...and now on to you! May it make your Thanksgiving easier and more delicious, giving you more time to enjoy with your loved ones and for reflection on your improved health!
My Thanksgiving Menu
Turkey! We look for one that is all natural, with no "natural flavorings" or broth. Salt and water are okay. We cook the turkey in an oven bag, after rubbing it with olive oil and sprinkling it with paprika, salt, and pepper. Add prunes, chopped apples, and chopped onions and dry white wine (optional) around the turkey.
Cranberry Chutney. I love to use my sister-in-law's delicious recipe, which was tweaked to contain honey instead of sugar. It has some great flavors.
Cauliflower "mashed potatoes" are a really nice addition to the meal. I love the grilled onions on top and the SCD yogurt it contains, giving it a sour cream undertone. (Remember having baked potatoes with sour cream??) Adding a little butter is super yummy too...
Stuffing made with toasted and cubed Easy Sandwich Bread, and a combination of spices and vegetables. (Watch the blog for a recipe for stuffing soon! I just made sandwich bread today and will be recreating what I usually make and haven't written down yet. I can't wait to share it with you because it is soooo good!)
For dessert, I usually make Butternut Pecan Pie. It has some great flavors and textures and is one of my favorites.
If I were home for Thanksgiving, I would also whip up some Pumpkin Ice Cream or Nutmeg Ice Cream. They both have great fall flavor.
Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider is such a classic! Enjoy with your meal and toast to your journey to good health!
I hope these recipes add to a festive and delicious Thanksgiving for you and your family!
Cheers to feeling great on the SCD!!
Hi! I'm Erin, from over at NoMoreCrohns.com. I know firsthand the healing power of food, and I love to share delicious recipes with you! While everything I make is free of gluten, grains, lactose, and refined sugar, none is short on flavor! It is flavor first for good health here. Enjoy.
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