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My Thanksgiving Day Plan and a Maryland Crab Soup Recipe

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I am smoking a 10 pound turkey and 10 pound lean ham and preparing Maryland Crab Soup. These are easy to prepare. I simply soak the hickory wood in water for at least a day and Thanksgiving morning put the defrosted turkey and ham on the smoker and in a few hours they are done. I do not inject anything into the turkey or ham since I do not want (or need) the additional calories. My family and guests usually like the moist, flavorful meats.

My Wife is cooking the rest of the usual Thanksgiving side dishes and mushroom gravy. We will have the Thanksgiving meal around 3 PM.

So my plan is I can have portions of the turkey (a leg and some breast meat – 500 calories) and ham (300 calories), along with 1 bowl of Maryland crab soup (360 calories) I make for every winter holiday family meal and a plain baked potato (110 calories) for the big family meal. The total is 1,270 calories.

I know 1,270 calories for one meal is a bunch, however the rest of the day, I will eat low calorie foods. For breakfast I’ll have a cup of skim milk and a half a cup (when dry) of plain oatmeal (total 236 calories. For lunch I will have a salad with light dressing (total 125 calories).

Around 7 PM in the evening we will be gathering at a neighbor’s home to share deserts with a few other families. My Wife is bringing a pie and I will bring for me 2 cups of Libby's pure pumpkin filling with cinnamon sprinkled on it (total 160 calories).

So my Thanksgiving Day planned total calorie intake is 1,791 which is within my daily range of 1,500 to 1,850 calories.

On this Thanksgiving’s Day, I will be thankful for the family and friends that will be joining us and the memories of friends and families either not there.

The stories will be flying at our Thanksgiving meal, some of which I will continue to deny or say that my actions were misinterpreted. We will all laugh and then as usual my family and friends will repeat the best stories for the neighbors at the desert gathering.

So, I am practicing my “I did not”, “You misunderstood”, and “That was not my intention” denials. I will tell all once again this year, that most of the stories involve me because I am the only one that can tolerate the laughter without getting upset. All will counter with the claim that most of the stories involve me because if there is mayhem, mischief or something funny going on, if you look hard enough you will find Marty somewhere, somehow.

Here is the Maryland Crab Soup recipe I use:

3 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
3 cups water
2 cups fresh or frozen lima beans
2 cups frozen corn kernels
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups fresh or frozen okra
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 large potato chopped into small cubes
4 tablespoons chopped onion
4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
3 cups beef broth
1 pound blue crab meat
1 pound blue crab claw meat

1. Place whole tomatoes, water, lima beans, corn, sliced carrots, okra, peas, chopped potato, chopped onion, Old Bay seasoning, and beef broth, in a pot. Heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Stir all crab meat into tomato and vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes and then keep warm until ready to serve. Serve warm to hot.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INFLATED 1/10/2013 4:10PM

    We were invited to my sister's house for Thanksgiving and I was thankful that I didn't have to cook a big meal.

What food you described made me hungry.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/22/2012 4:53PM

    You have it all together Marty. Food sounds delish too. emoticon

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KEIKOS_MUM 11/22/2012 3:48AM

    i dont know if we can get those ingredients in the UK but i sure hope that we can.......... thats sounds yummy( and soup atm is my new best friend) many thanks for all the support you send out to me and everyone else . you are a diamond . emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/21/2012 12:37AM

    Wonderful Marty!
I will be right over! Just gotta check my flight.
Have a great thanksgiving!
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CHUBRUB3 11/21/2012 12:37AM

    Wonderful Marty!
I will be right over! Just gotta check my flight.
Have a great thanksgiving!
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IGSBETH 11/20/2012 9:04PM

    Good to have a plan!

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ITSALWAYSABTME 11/20/2012 8:00PM

    mm soo happy to see Old Bay in that recipe ;) most people down here just don't understand the power of Old Bay :) (of course I have to avoid it due to sodium so it is a occasional treat. Great job on the planning!

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DARLY55 11/20/2012 6:28PM

    I like how you have it all figured out, Marty - from the food to the retorts!
Have a great Thanksgiving! And thanks for the recipe.

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TATTER3 11/20/2012 6:15PM

    Gotta try this. Having our meal with about 20-25 other distal family members...and the stories do fly for us as well. Blessings to you and your family. Happy mem'ries.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/20/2012 5:00PM

    Because you have planned out your day, thought about it
and have a solid plan, you will do emoticon


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BOVEY63 11/20/2012 4:41PM

    Enjoy your feast - it sounds delish!

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FRAN0426 11/20/2012 4:12PM

    3PM---you may get a lot of uninvited guests with that meal----sounds wonderful. Seriouly, enjoy the Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I', going to remember those excuses, they could come in handy sometime.

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/20/2012 3:38PM

    You are so funny! I love the mayhem part. Sounds like you have a good food plan. I should have one, but I'm winging it. I will work on the denial phrases you provided though. They may come in handy :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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KAYDE53 11/20/2012 2:37PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan! Yum! Know how you feel, I'm usually the brunt of the family stories myself, although, most of the time, I deserve it!! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/20/2012 1:58PM

    Yummmmooooooooooooo! Enjoy that holiday marty to you and your family! emoticon

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LINDA! 11/20/2012 1:24PM

    What a great feast! I am very interested in the soup as well.

Happy Thanksgiving....all of your laughing during the holidays should burn some calories. emoticon

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POLANDSPRING 11/20/2012 1:09PM

    Kudos for coming up with a plan ahead of time! I love that your plan is not all about what you will be eating, but the whole day is your focus. Sounds like you'll have a great day!

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LAURAAT 11/20/2012 1:06PM

    I think you have got a GREAT plan for this holiday. emoticon
And thanks for sharing the recipe! Always looking for something new to try. :)

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/20/2012 12:46PM

    That soups sounds yummy. Now, exactly what does okra taste like ? I know there are people who either love it or hate it. I've never had it. I'd probably nix the lima beans. I love beans, but can't stand lima beans. go figure.

I'm planning on loading up on my veggies. My downfall ? I'll admit it. stuffing... my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing. I could probably eat an entire plate of stuffing with a bit of dark turkey and gravy. and I'd be contented. LOL !!

But, I'll be "good" and make sure I eat plenty of those wonderful veggies like the sweet potatoes, squash, peas, corn, green beans, etc...

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NEELIXNKES 11/20/2012 12:37PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy the holiday and the company!

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PURPOSEPOWER95 11/20/2012 12:30PM

    YUM YUM! emoticon have a blessed thanksgiving Great plan. Now I have to get one.

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JACKIE542 11/20/2012 12:24PM

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, your meal sounds great! You have a plan and that is so good. Have many laughs. I am sure you will. emoticon emoticon

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DABLUECAT 11/20/2012 12:20PM

    Have a great Thanksgiving meal!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/20/2012 12:19PM

    Good eats marty!

Your choice of the meal turkey and lean Ham and the crab soup are very low carbing and high protein. Very good!


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CRYSTALJEM 11/20/2012 12:17PM

    Oh man my mouth is watering for that soup. I'm going to have to give that a try. I think your plan is fantastic. You are preparing so you can really enjoy what you are going to have before you, without having to worry for feel guilty. Way to go! I could take a lesson from you. Guess I have! Thanks again, enjoy your Thanksgiving. CJ

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