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.
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