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The turkey carcass is now picked clean

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I was by myself for TG dinner. My son headed out for dinner with his mom's family. This is not the first time I have been by myself. Last year I treated myself to an expense buffet at a local restaurant. I love TG day flavors a lot. I always looked forward to dark meat, stuffing and pumpkin pie at my mom's house. This year I was beckoned by the siren call of all the SP TG recipes I saw and undertook to make my own TG dinner.

I had purchased a Turducken on-line and planned on doing that. I decided that it was a bit much, even as leftovers. So I am saving it for Christmas at my parents which my son the chef and I are going to prepare for my parents. Instead I bought a turkey breast and roasted it. I also made chef Megs veg and fruit stuffing, apple cider gravy, sweet potato mash, green bean casserole and self-crust pumpkin pie. I also had a ton of what I call Root Vegetable Medley. A concoction of rutabagas, fennel, parsnips, cabbage and onion my son and I came up with. I made a ton of it on Wednesday and I am still enjoying the leftovers today.

I worked two youth games in the morning, stopped and bought last minute grocery items and cooked until 3pm. I have new respect for TG day cooks. Juggling all of the items for the menu with a single oven was quite the experience. (My mom has a second oven in the basement just for special occasions.) I ate light in the morning to save calories for the food I love. But, I found I was so busy cooking that I was not even hungry until the food was done at 3pm. I managed to eat decent portions of all my food the rest of the day and because I was using SP recipes I stayed within my range.

The leftovers were a different challenge. It was convenient to have them around over the weekend. I was busy with 14 total games in 4 days so having leftovers was a godsend. I use to eat dark meat on TG day when it was fresh and white meat for sandwiches. Now I only had white meat and I did not want to live on sandwiches. So I went back to SP to supplement the sandwiches and made a tasty turkey salad rollup, turkey and bean tostadas and finally a phenomenal turkey and butternut squash risotto. I had to pick the turkey clean to get enough to make a half recipe of the latter. It was worth it. Great dish. I had to share so no leftovers. :-(

I managed to maintain my ranges and still enjoy a lot of TG food. I even worked out 2 days on top of my referee schedule. I managed to lose weight for the weekend. It is the last week of our 5% challenge and I needed to keep my weekly loss streak alive. I also enjoyed they leftover turkey breast so much that I think I will include roasting a turkey frequently in my meal plans. I am definitely looking forward to what I can do with leftover turducken.
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    Great job.
    1936 days ago
    Awesome Steve! I read that title for that turkey recipe and never actually read the recipe. Will have to try it on your recommendation. When you first said you were spending TG alone I kinda felt bad for you, but you made it a great day for yourself! You inspire me every day, so thanks!
    1936 days ago
    You actually have become a cook. While cooking the night before I had a pb&j sandwich. Then on TG I cooked & cleaned & upholstered & then I tasted the ham & stuffing. I am never really hunger but I filled my plate & half was left. I always need to try everything for taste purposes. I think food taste even better the next day cause they simmer overnight in spices & broths. Glad you had a good day & stayed within range....I still have a quarter of a carmel cake & 8 red velvet cupcakes...any takers???lol

    God bless,

    1936 days ago
    Sounds yummy! I'm finding there are benefits to TG alone. Prepare what I like, when I like, no pressures or stress, experiment with more unfamiliar seasonings.
    1937 days ago
  • JUDY106
    Well, are you ready for Sainthood??? (LOL) Wow! you really did wonderful changing your TG meal. I didn't even try to cook. Good thing you were cooking for you and not other people that are use to all the OTHER type of food on TG. Congrats on the weight loss. I must be a stand still again because I have stayed within my calorie count and there is not even an ounce down on the scales. I am learning to be patience . So I will keep tracking on and Sparking. I know that I will see results sooner or later. I am not going to give up. I am going to the pool and working out with the water aerobics exercises that we do in class, even though the class is not in session until Jan. the 7th. Today I got one of the students to join me. I think she is going to come back and continue working out with me. It is not like the same as the class but it beats not doing it at all. I will be able to do my morning fitness exercise class up until Dec. 14th and then I will be out of session until Jan, the 7th. I know i can do on my own but I just don't do well on my own. I am trying to plan a schedule and stick to it for the days there are not any classes. Wish me luck. Hugs, Judy
    1938 days ago
    Love your attitude about being on your own for a holiday. Cooking can be such fun, and making things that won't break our weightloss programs is so gratifying. I made some delish lamb stew yesterday and today some Hungry Girl "brownies" but instead of chocolate cake, I used spice cake mix combined with a can of pumpkin. I had one hot out the oven just now and it was pretty good! Great to hear that you are actually LOSING weight during the holidays. Your testimony is so inspiring.
    1938 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    Great job!
    1938 days ago
    Well done... I don't like turkey much myself but do have the occasional turkey breast ham sandwich. Maybe, I should try to be more creative with turkey dishes.
    1938 days ago
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