Sometimes you need to mix up your traditional holiday desserts for something a little different, to create a new tradition. Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to allow yourself to still indulge a little bit, but to not be temped to eat a large piece of pumpkin pie. Then there are those holiday get-togethers where you want to serve something small and bite-sized to make it easier to share. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes definitely fit the bill. They’re tasty, they sparkle, and they truly delight the sweets lovers in your life.
So many people are becoming more health-conscious and want to keep their meals low-carb. They depend on this to lose weight and to keep it off. You have to avoid those carb sources of pastas, breads, and other baked goods. But during the holidays, it is so much more difficult to stick to this kind of diet. Luckily there are a couple of ways to adjust some recipes to have a low-carb Thanksgiving dinner while still enjoying some of those traditional dishes. Here are three adjustments you can make for low-carb Thanksgiving side dishes without losing the flavor.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Broccoli and cheddar go together like apple pie and America. That’s why you see broccoli cheese soup at so many of the popular chain restaurants. Unfortunately, that texture that people love so much comes from flour, which is a carb. If you’re serving this as a side dish, you can easily make it a part of your low-carb Thanksgiving dinner by substituting xanthan gum for the flour. You only need a minute amount equaling less than a 1/2 teaspoon to achieve impressive effects.
Sausage and Cheese Stuffing
I’ve never been to a Thanksgiving dinner that didn’t have stuffing. My mother’s recipe was always a family favorite. The only problem is, traditional recipes include bread, which defeats the purpose of trying to maintain a low-carb Thanksgiving dinner. So how do you get around it? Simply leave out the bread. Instead, chop up sausage into small pieces. Add the chopped onions, peppers, celery, water chestnuts, whatever else you like to put into your stuffing. Season it with black pepper, salt, and garlic. Stir in eggs. Place the mixture into a shallow 2-inch glass pan and brown it in an oven set at 350 degrees. It’s ready to serve immediately.
Mashed Cauliflower with Rosemary & Roasted Garlic
Mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes, and you hardly can tell the difference. Use a small pan to fry some garlic and rosemary for about three minutes over low. When they start to smell strong, set them aside while you boil some cauliflower. Once softened, mash the cauliflower with a masher. If you really want a thinner consistency, you can use a mixer or a food processor. Remember to stir in some butter or cream and then season with salt and pepper as desired. Finally add the rosemary and garlic. Now you have another flavorful, satisfying side for your low-carb Thanksgiving dinner.
More Food for a Low-Carb Thanksgiving Dinner
Do you want to add some other healthy dishes to your Thanksgiving meal? Try some of these and let us know in the comments what your favorite dishes are.
Holidays can be difficult for people who are trying to eat healthier. You want all of the classic yummy dishes, but may also have some health issues that prevent you from having some of your favorites. Or maybe you are really disciplined and focusing on your waistline. Luckily there are plenty of healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving that still taste amazingly good. I have three quick and easy healthy Thanksgiving side dishes here that you can easily whip out and enjoy for your holiday meal. Continue reading “Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving”
If you’re looking for something healthier to serve with your dinner for the holidays or every day, you should give cauliflower mashed potatoes a try. For those who are into doing keto or paleo, they are a perfect side dish that fit your needs. For the rest of us, we may just want to try something different. The garlic and the chives give it great flavor, complimenting a wide range of beef, pork, chicken, and plant-based entrees. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes, so it is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want to get a healthy dinner on the table without too much fuss.
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For me, November truly means fall. The weather is no longer warm. The leaves are really falling off of the trees and I start to think of all things turkey. November is also my mother’s birthday month, so I relish my Thanksgiving memories with her. But there are all kinds of November Food Holiday Observances to enjoy, many of which also make me think of her. Use this to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?