You see it all started a few weeks ago. We began to change from grain heavy meals during the week, to more limited, then to barely any. The meal portions got a little smaller, or were filled by more nutrient dense items. While we couldn't finish our plates - what we did have was amazing!
Menu for a Feast of Thanksgiving went like this:
Homegrown cucumber pickles***
Cold imitation crab dip
Whole grain crackers
Apple wood smoked Turkey
Golden mashed potatoes
Gluten-free smokey Gravy**
Roasted Homegrown Carrots and Beets***
Green Bean Mushroom bake with onions and bacon**
Coconut cream Ambrosia salad**
Pumpkin Pecan tarts with almond meal crusts*,**
Smoked Pumpkin Cheesecake **
Pumpkin pecan Pie/Tart**
Whipped coconut cream**
*Personal sized **Experimental or new dish. ***Includes good items grown here
Now you might feel this menu was not that daunting. We had a few hiccups along the way, one being that I bought too big of a bird and B did his best to accommodate my purchase. We joked that the best way we learn is trial and error. But at the end of the day, even in light of the issues we faced and lessons learned, we had a beautiful spread and ended in laughter!
Our dog, being his first thanksgiving and all - found out that every time B went for the door, he cold go and smell the aromas that were coming from the smoker box. He would come back inside and look at me like "Do you smell that??" It permeated B's clothes. We all drooled that day!
|Turkey in the brine|
|Ready for the smoker|
Roasted beets and carrots
The last few weeks I have been trying to avoid my trigger foods - corn, soy, wheat, dairy, sugar, and artificial preservatives. For the most part I have been successful. Thanksgiving did have dairy, some wheat, and limited sugar. We used honey, coconut sugar, coconut cream where possible, and just used full fat versions when not. When it came time to discuss green bean casserole - B mentioned he didn't really like the standard version. Thus we tried something new.
|Green bean mushroom bake|
|Desserts, personal sized|
So there are some of our recipes this year. This was our dogs first thanksgiving and our first without our Missy Kitty. Grateful for our home, life, surroundings, friends, and family.
Hoping you and yours made it memorable too!!