Tag: Thanksgiving

Pepper and Pie Thanksgiving Cocktail

by in Healthy Recipes, November 22, 2016

If you’re searching for a warm way to welcome your Thanksgiving guests on Thursday, look no further than an autumnal Pepper and Pie Cocktail from Watershed Distillery. On a recent culinary tour of Columbus, Ohio, I had the chance to sample the local spirit-maker’s small-batch bourbon, gin and vodka, as well as cocktails from Alex Chien, bar manager of the soon-to-open Watershed Kitchen & Bar. Everyone raved about Alex’s refreshing cocktail made with tomato water, grapefruit, tarragon and Watershed’s Four Peel Gin (which, in addition to the usual juniper, is made with four citrus peels: orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime).

I’ve been craving Chien’s creative craft cocktails ever since, so I asked him to share a drink recipe with Healthy Eats especially for Thanksgiving entertaining. His Pepper and Pie Cocktail harnesses fall’s best flavors — warming bourbon, apple cider, pumpkin puree, fresh apples and rosemary — in a single glass that drinks splendidly alongside holiday fare. It’s the perfect drink to greet guests with when they arrive for your Thanksgiving feast, or to make for yourself when you finally start the dishwasher and kick up your feet at the end of the night.

Pepper and Pie Cocktail
Yield: 1 serving
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Healthy Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 20, 2016

The words “quick,” “easy” and “Thanksgiving” typically don’t go together, but rules are being broken with this streamlined sheet-pan turkey dinner. It’s got all the elements of a typical Thanksgiving dinner, without the hours of prep and stovetop cooking. This dinner is just about the best thing to happen to hungry, time-starved cooks. Take a large baking sheet, add turkey, seasonings and vegetables, then roast until the meat is juicy and the vegetables are crispy and browned. Did I mention that cleanup takes less than two minutes? Throw away the sheet of parchment paper and place any leftovers in the fridge. Done and done.

If your meat section doesn’t have skin-on turkey breasts available, ask at the butcher. Most places that grind their turkey meat in-house use this type of cut to do so and should be able to supply you with a small breast portion. If you decide to use a breast that still contains the bone, you will likely need to increase the cooking time till done. Read more

7 Lighter Takes on Essential Thanksgiving Sides

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2016

Is there anything more necessary than a generous scoop of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving? A slice of hot buttered cornbread is nice, too. Some would even say it’s the green bean casserole that really makes the meal special. Personal preferences aside, we can all agree that the sides are the best part of Thanksgiving — next to the smorgasbord of pie, of course. And since we only get to enjoy this celebratory feast one day each year, why not dig in to the indulgent dishes that are so representative of the holiday?

Then again, if you plan on having a lot of leftovers, you could be enjoying these dishes for a few days (or an entire week) after Thanksgiving has passed. That’s incentive to throw some healthier options into the mix. Here are the classic, comforting sides we all long for, with a few alterations to make each one less of a splurge. As it turns out, your healthiest Thanksgiving could be your most-traditional yet.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured above)
Food Network Kitchen prepares these Mock Mashed Potatoes using cauliflower in place of traditional Yukon Golds, which results in a creamy mash that will have everyone at the table fooled. Garlic and thyme add flavor depth while nonfat Greek yogurt and a little Parmesan bring in some dairy richness and tang.

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, November 27, 2015

Not all Thanksgiving leftovers are created equal. Sure, you could continue to reheat the same food for lunch and dinner for the next few days — after all, everyone loves a classic! Or, you can switch things up and make leftovers new again. In these recipes, cranberry sauce stays sweet in muffins, then goes savory for turkey tacos with carrot-jalapeno pickles. Pumpkin pie filling takes a spin in the blender, perfect for thickening your morning smoothie. Read more

Don’t Throw That Out: Thanksgiving Edition

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015

Cut down on waste and whip up some delicious creations (win-win!). Turn common Thanksgiving leftovers into these unexpected goodies.

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Butternut Squash Frittata with Fried Sage and Gruyère

by in Healthy Recipes, November 25, 2015

Just in time for all of your Thanksgiving guests, sage and butternut squash are combined into a colorful frittata that makes a great breakfast dish for a crowd. A frittata is my go-to dish for entertaining when I have friends in town and need something that’s quick and easy yet still company-worthy. Frittatas don’t take too much time to put together and are a pleasant brunch treat. Packed with protein, this no-fuss frittata will keep you satiated for hours, making it perfect for busy weekends.

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5 Kid-Friendly, Healthy Food Crafts for Thanksgiving

by in Healthy Tips, November 23, 2015

Keep little hands busy during your next holiday gathering with these food-based crafts.

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5 New Superfoods to Get on Your Holiday Table

by in Healthy Tips, November 22, 2015

Holiday dinners get a bad rap for being unhealthy occasions rife with overindulgence. And while that may be true to some extent (think bottomless cups of eggnog or all-you-can eat dessert buffets), holiday eating can actually be surprisingly healthy. In fact, think of your upcoming gathering as an opportunity to experiment with superfoods that taste delicious and add a nutritious boost to your holiday dishes.

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The 5 Worst Calorie Offenders on Your Thanksgiving Table

by in Healthy Recipes, November 21, 2015

Although Thanksgiving fare is made from an array of healthy ingredients, oversize portions and gobs of butter and oil can make anybody’s pants button pop. These five dishes are the worst calorie offenders on your turkey day table. Read more

Taste Test: Cranberry Sauce

by in Grocery Shopping, November 18, 2015

It’s the prime time of year to crack open cans (and jars) of cranberry sauce for your holiday meals and leftovers! We dove into the most-popular brands of this seasonal treat to see how they stacked up. Read more

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