Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am sure we are pinning down our recipes! Most of us probably have some traditional recipes that are re-made year and year but some of us surely like to include new dishes! Especially if we are trying to introduce healthier foods into our diet!

It's all about the quality of our food when it comes to making healthier choices. These side dish recipes below we from our cooking class on Thanksgiving ideas, simple and delicious! Read last years post, A Wholesome Thanksgiving to learn more about choosing the simply changes you can make to enjoy a healthier thanksgiving!

Brussel’s Sprouts  
4C brussel’s sprouts
1/2C fennel, thinly sliced
2T ghee OR coconut oil
1/2t herb mix
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Halve brussel’s sprouts and toss in melted ghee with fennel and herbs. Sprinkle sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast in the oven on a baking sheet at 375° for 20 minutes. 

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potatoes 
2 large sweet potatoes

1T ghee OR coconut oil
1/4t onion powder
1/4t garlic powder
1/2 t cinnamon
Sea salt 
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Chop sweet potatoes into 1inch pieces. Toss with melted ghee and seasonings, layer on a baking sheet and roast at 375° for 30 minutes or until they are soft. 

‘Mashed Potatoes’ 
1 head cauliflower

Sea salt 
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Chop cauliflower and steam until soft. Drain excess water and blend using an immersion blender. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Cranberry Sauce 
16oz bag of cranberries
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of the peel
Honey to taste if needed 
In a saucepan heat cranberries on medium-low heat and add fresh squeezed orange juice and zest. Cook for about 10-15 minutes stirring until the cranberries pop and sauce thickens!

And of course we must address the highlight of this holiday; the bird. Your turkey makes thanksgiving what it is, but like anything it's the quality that matters! Where is your turkey sourced from? What is the farm like? Does it come from a farm or a factory? Turkeys that are raised conventionally are fed hormones, steroids and anti-biotics. They rarely see the sun and are fed genetically-modified, pesticide laden food. And then you and everyone else at your table takes these toxins in during your meal! How do we avoid this? We buy free-range turkeys from farms that are feeding the animals organic or high quality food. They roam in the sun and contain healthy levels of vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins! The nutritional quality is far superior! Worth every extra penny! If you live in Santa Barbara, IV COOP will be carrying certified organic, free-range turkeys from a local farm up north. They are selling the turkeys at cost, $2.99/lb and they vary from 10-16lbs. You will also receive a 10% coupon to do your other grocery shopping when you purchase your turkey. They only have a limited number so hurry in!