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JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
11/8/12 3:48 P

Thanks for the links, Yojulez! I'll definitely be checking them out! I struggle with bingeing, and my ILs both have a lot to lose. I know it's hard for them to be around temptation, and they are trying so, so hard. They weren't always supportive of me and hubby when we visited (not in a bad way but in a, oh, you can have one cookie. Or We made X, your favorite!) I want to be as supportive as I can and make this easier for them, the rest of the family will happily serve and eat less healthy options (which I will also partake in, hopefully in moderation. ;), so I want to make sure that they have "better" options. Nothing sucks more than chewing on celery while everyone else is eating pie, so I want to find that good "in between"!

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11/8/12 2:58 P

I'll have to try out that sweet potato recipe! I was looking for something to replace the casserole, since that is usually a calorie bomb.

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11/8/12 2:58 P

My side of the family has not done Thanksgiving in about 4yrs...due to half working Black Friday by midnight and needing sleep or my grandmother working the night shift. Today my gma and I decided we will host together. She can man the turkey and I will do the sides, we are going to sit down and vote on them this coming week and pick all new sides..never before done. DH's family is going on a cruise so him and his younger brother will be with us since his bro dates my sister..(so weird and kind of gross with the age diff) lol...BUT So far on the vote list is a squash macaroni, marshmallow whipped potatoes, broccoli bites, fried zucchini, Arkansas green beans...I want to have at least 10 choices for grams to pick from.

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11/8/12 2:26 P

Hey Jen, I had been saving this recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes, but then my BF specifically requested the traditional casserole dish, so I wont' be using it, but it might work for your purposes! You could probably even add marshmallows for your FIL.

I also made these mini cheesecakes, using a graham cracker crust recipe I found on the Weight Watchers site (found it just by googling "graham cracker crust", it might work for you too. It's lemon flavored but you could use any flavorings you wanted I think. They were really good and my cheesecake loving aunt approved.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
11/8/12 2:02 P

I always make the sweet potato casserole. Last year, I used less marshmallows, and I think I omitted the honey. This year, since my husband's dad & step-mom are trying really hard to lose weight I'm going to try to make them, even healthier. I'm thinking of doing a sweet potato and apple bake with just a bit of brown sugar and butter and cinnamon instead of canned yams with honey, butter and marshmallows. Especially since my FiL is the one who loves the sweet potato casserole, I want to help them "be good" while still getting to eat yummy foods. I'm also going to try to find a decent recipe for a low(er in) fat cheesecake. Hopefully a crustless one so my low carb hubby can enjoy as well.

We always have Thanksgiving at my SiL's house, and we bring one or two dishes and pitch in money to cover costs of everything else.

My parents also do a Thanksgiving working around hubby's family's (ILs travel 3 hours). My mom always has turkey and some sort of new side dish recipe to try. There's pretty much always potatos and green beans, I believe. I'll bring whatever she asks me to!

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11/8/12 1:57 P

I'm doing mostly traditional stuff since none of my family aside from me is watching what they eat. I feel like it's the job of the host to make the guests happy, not the other way around :) But, I do plan on making these mashed potatoes, and I use greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I make them all the time and even my skinny-hates-when-I-healthy-things-up boyfriend likes them.

11/8/12 1:51 P

I will be hosting my first thanksgiving dinner this year. I am 44, and have a huge extended family. We have always gone to grandma's for the holiday, but this year, to give grandma who is 85, a break, they ( 75) are coming to my house. My husband says I am responsible for the turkey, potatoes, stuffing and cranberries sauce. I plan to make two stuffing dishes. One adventurous, with fruit and nuts and one stove top to please the crowd. Potatoes have to be the traditional, with cream.. ( but i can make a dish of simple roasted, with no cream for those in the family who are healthier, there a few of us) Cranberry sauce will be sugar free since I am diabetic. I might also make a ton of squash, since I have squash from my CSA box. What other things are people doing for thanksgiving dinner? Do people have family traditions that they are re-vamping to be healthier?

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