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.