A great strategy for food-oriented holiday get-togethers

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I was a guest not only for Thanksgiving, but also for Christmas Dinners.
Since I already knew that there would be nothing appropriate for me to eat, I made all my own food and took over my own plate. It wasn't everyday food, either. I have tweaked the ingredients for dressing, sweet potato casserole, and made a beautiful and delicious entree (rice stuffed squash), and even a non-fat vegan gravy. I knew I'd be too full for dessert so I skipped that part, although I could have made an appropriate version of pumpkin pie to have.
It's a lot of extra effort, especially if you're cooking the traditional dinner as well, but worth it when you sit down to table and enjoy your special fancy meal while everyone else enjoys theirs. Afterward, I felt much better than everyone else who had feasted on turkey, traditional dressing and casseroles, etc. MUCH better!!
Even though my meal was fairly high in calories and probably higher in fat than I would have wanted, it was still a fraction of the fat/calories of a traditional turkey meal.
You don't have to be vegan like me. You can enjoy your turkey, but it's also possible to tweak the other recipes to not include fat. It requires the desire to do so, the energy, and the experimentation, but it can be done.
Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the holiday meals, but I didn't gain an ounce from indulging in them. Plus, I had a wonderful time with friends.
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