I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, for the first time. My parents and grandparents and my brothers are coming up for the holiday, and I’m so excited! And a little nervous about the dinner. But mostly excited, because I do enjoy cooking for people.
Ordinarily I might skip our diet for once, but my Mom is sensitive to gluten, corn, and oats. So, I’ll be doing this Perfect Health Diet/ primal style.
Here’s what I’m planning to make:
- Roast turkey (duh); I’m going to try to brine it ahead of time. (It’s my first time roasting a turkey. Why not make something as complicated as possible the first time you do it, I always say.) A friend suggested brining it in a styrofoam cooler, outside overnight. That way it doesn’t take up space in the fridge. I plan to do that so long as the weather is cold.
- Make-ahead gravy along these lines, using rice flour and homemade chicken bone broth.
- Make-ahead freezer mashed potatoes. Most of the time potatoes don’t do well after being frozen. But I tried this recipe already, and it really works!
- Wild rice “stuffing.” I made it for Thanksgiving dinner last year with the following modifications:
- I added about a cup of toasted chopped pecans. I think the crunchy pecans contrasted nicely with the chewy rice.
- I used Lundberg Wild Blend Rice in place of wild rice.
- I used jasmine rice is place of basmati.
- I skipped the parsley.
- I used a cup of frozen pre-chopped onion and green pepper in place of the fresh onion.
- Homemade cranberry orange relish (I’m going to make this ahead of time and might substitute rice syrup for honey.)
- Green beans with mushrooms and bacon (or another simple veggie dish; Pat doesn’t like green bean casserole, and it’s better to skip the canned soup anyway).
- Rolls: regular store-bought rolls for those who aren’t sensitive to wheat, plus a gluten and corn-free alternative if I can find one.
- Pickle and olive tray
- Gluten-free pumpkin pie (I’m still pondering whether to use this healthy, sugar-free recipe for the filling, or just pull out the old White Crystals O’ Death).
- Sweet iced tea . . . because we’re Southern and it’s our life blood. Maybe I’ll sweeten it with Stevia
No sweet potatoes! I know! But Pat doesn’t like them, and I like them best with brown sugar and marshmallow so . . . I’m breaking with tradition and skipping them entirely.
My game plan:
- Buy all ingredients
- Make and freeze potatoes
- Make relish
Monday and Tuesday next week:
- Make pie
- Make gravy
- Defrost turkey
- Make rice stuffing
- Brine turkey
- Defrost potatoes
- Roast turkey
- Reheat potatoes, rice stuffing, gravy
- Cook green beans
- Warm rolls and pie
Also, I’m looking for ideas for a simple centerpiece. Simple, because I’m not crafty, and because I don’t want it to clash too much with my busy blue and white china.
What are your Thanksgiving plans?