I was at trader joes today - and speaking of convenience foods, they had packets of fresh baby veggies, tiny carrots with stems attached, tiney zuccini, patti pan squash the size of a quarter and tiny brussell sprouts. they were all cleaned and ready to cook, but sstill whole. I am thinking to roast them all together with s sprinkle of olive oil and some thyme and serve along side little cornish hens the kids wanted to have..
Mmmm...Willow, your meal sounds great! We're having pork and turkey tenderloin here, with mashed yukon gold potatoes and broccoli as the veggie. But my 5 y/o won't eat any of that, so I'm also making a fresh salad and some homemade mac-n-cheese.
DH is home smoking some of the wild alaskan salmon in our freezer for an appetizer.
My mother is bringing dessert, so I'm not sure what she'll do, but I suggested something with berries. But since I'm likely not going to eat it, I'm not too worried about what it is.
I just realized we're not having any bread. Haha! That's so typical in our house. I've had bread dough in the freezer before and forgotten to bake it...no one missed it.
I think if eating healthy whole foods is a normal part of your whole lifestyle that eating healthy whole foods at the holidays would be just natural. I might make them a little differently, maybe a little more special, but basically the same foods as all of th eother days. whole grains, fresh veggies and fruits, lean meats/poultry. ie. thanksgiving dinner. turkey, green beans almondine, mashed sweet potatoes ( do a great mash with coconut milk, fresh ginger and maple syrup) a veggie tray, or big fresh salad, homemade cranberry /applesauce, whole wheat rolls, and yes, a pumpkin pie made in the traditional recipe. you could substitute a crust made with whole wheat pastry flour, use honey in place of sugar. christmas will be roasted cornish hens, baked sweet potatoes, green veggies,salad, (not sure what else) I'm thinking of baked apples stuffed with raisins for dessert.
I guess compromise is sometimes a necessary evil. We try to just make whole food recipes that we know are tasty so no compromise is required. It's when you eat at someone else's table that YOU may have to compromise because you can't always expect them to satisfy your "requirements".
I'm just saying... Kelley
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.” - Richard Bach
Just curious how everyone is incorporating whole foods into their holidays!
It's tough in our house to please everyone, and I'm sure some of the rest of you have the same challenges. Are you making compromises to make sure everyone has something that will please them on the table?
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