Bless us, Oh Lord,
and these thy gifts which
we are about to receive from thy bounty,
through Christ, Our Lord.
~ A Traditional Prayer of Thanksgiving
|It's Apple Picking Time!|
Mmm - cider!
|Kaleb & Mommy|
Speaking of this weekend, Thanksgiving is upon us. If you're anything like us, you have to split your time between families and that often means multiple meals. I enjoy a big dinner but only on occasion. It made me think that the full-blown turkey dinner more than once in a 4 day period is definite carb-turkey-pumpkin overload!
Fortunately, we live in an area that provides a bountiful harvest of autumn fruits and veggies. With access to a ton of recipes, there are some great alternatives to that traditional gobbler and the same old sides. After browsing through my recipe binder, these would be my (mostly untested) picks for a lighter or more intimate meal.
Turkey: Turkey Pesto Tenderloins
Veggies: Maple-Glazed Root Vegetables or Autumn Vegetables with Maple-Ginger Dressing
Potatoes: Rosemary Mashed Potato Gratin or Epicure's Potato Casserole
Salad: Epicure's Apple Walnut Salad or Smoked Chicken & Spinach Salad
Dessert: Buttery Orchard Apple Torte
Of course, with any good recipe (or great home chef!) the fun is in tweaking it to suit your needs. Don't like one of the root veggies? Swap it out for somethingn else. Don't have a particular seasoning or dressing? Raid your pantry and use what you have on hand. In the case of the chicken spinach salad, if serving for a Thanksgiving meal, I'd definitely go with turkey instead!
What's on your menu? Have any unique recipes and/or family faves? Remember, Thanksgiving is all about more than a full belly and a full house - count your blessings and know that gratitude is more than words spoken - it should be a daily attitude!