Add Nourishment to Your Favorite Holiday Dishes
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is the holiday centered on food and loved ones. There are so many delicious dishes to indulge in, but are you worried you won't find nourishment on your holiday plate? Not to fear! We are here to provide some great options to add nourishment into your holiday dishes. Keep reading to learn more!
Dish by Dish
There are several Thanksgiving staples, from green bean casserole to pumpkin pie. We chose some our favorite ways to add nourishment into each of these dishes. See below!
Roast your turkey with avocado oil and fresh herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. This will amp up the flavor and add healthy fats and boost (what we call our herbs & spices group!) to your protein. Mix your plate with white and dark meat and dig in!
We recommend buying organic potatoes and keeping the peel on. Most of the vitamins and minerals are found in the peel, and keeping the peel on slows down the digestion of the potato (meaning it raises your blood sugar at a slower rate). Mix your potatoes with cashew or almond milk and avocado oil. This will create the same creaminess as traditional mashed potatoes, but incorporates healthy fats to nourish your body. You can also ditch the potato all together and opt for mashed cauliflower instead.
We know turkey and mashed potatoes wouldn't be complete on Thanksgiving without some gravy to top them off. Try a veggie-based gravy such as one with olive oil, mushrooms, vegetable broth, garlic, onion, thyme, sea salt, and pepper. Thicken it with almond or oat flour. This is a great way to bring more vegetables to the party, and it is full of flavor.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Try roasting sweet potatoes alongside other root vegetables such as parsnips, beets, and turnips. Adding spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg will mimic the traditional sweet potato casserole flavors, but will play up the natural sweetness of the vegetables. This provides nourishment in the form of boost and won't cause you to get a sugar rush before dessert. If you want some added sweetness and texture, top with pecans or walnuts and drizzle with a little honey or maple syrup.
These vegetables are delicious on their own sautéed with some shallots, white wine, and spices. Want that creamy texture like the traditional casserole? Try cashew milk, mushrooms, and onions mixed with your chopped green beans. First sauté the onions, add the mushrooms, and then add the green beans. Cook through (but keep the green beans crunchy) and mix in cashew milk. Season with sea salt and pepper and dive in. These will provide the flavor profile and comforting satisfaction just like a traditional green bean casserole.
Some people love it, some people hate it, but everyone can agree that it's a staple at the Thanksgiving table. Cook fresh cranberries down with water, then add a squeeze of fresh orange juice, orange zest, and a small drizzle of honey. These flavors will play off the natural tartness of the cranberries and can be made by anyone who knows how to boil water (just ask Chandler! - Friends Season 10, Episode 8 anyone?).
Try toasted whole wheat bread or even swapping bread for brown rice or quinoa. The rice and quinoa will provide a similar texture to traditional stuffing that is soaked in broth, but will add whole grains & lean proteins. Regardless of which grain you choose, include celery and onions (like traditional stuffing!) and season with fresh herbs and spices including parsley, paprika, and turmeric. Sneaking turmeric into the stuffing is a great way to add an extra superfood punch to the dish, and no one will know the difference.
The traditional Thanksgiving pies include pumpkin, apple, and pecan. In pumpkin pie, cream it up with coconut milk. For all of the pies, try sweetening with honey or maple syrup and opting for an almond flour crust. Use fresh apples (they're in season!) and try to find some time to bake your own pies ahead of time. Make a homemade whipped cream from coconut milk, cinnamon, and honey. It is delicious and you won't know the difference!