Thursday, November 24, 2016

Non-traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Almost three months ago I had a blood panel taken and my doctor called to say, "Your triglycerides are through the roof." He gave me a plan that included increasing some meds and I said to myself, no way. So I did some research and presented him with a plan that he agreed to, with another blood panel to be taken next month. Part of the plan was to cut out refined sugar and cut down on carbs. And so I did. 

Then along comes Thanksgiving. Two of my signature dishes are dressing and pecan pie. However, the couple coming to join us for this meal do not eat carbs or sugar. They have been doing this for a long time and are very good at staying with their plan. And I shouldn't be eating them at least not before my next blood panel. 

So what do we have? 

We started with June's colorful veggie plate with dip.

I made a Waldorf salad. And you will notice the table is in blue. When I went to the store on Saturday to pick up a few Thanksgiving decorations, everything was Christmas. So I opted for the blue I already had. 

I made a favorite zucchini, tomato and parmesan dish.
Michael brought wood grilled, balsamic Brussel sprouts with bacon and
cauliflower mashed potatoes. No potatoes - just cauliflower whipped with butter,
sour cream and a little parmesan. My goodness, they actually taste like mashed potatoes!
Dean smoked and roasted the turkey and made gravy.
June brought three bottles of wine.

It may have been non-traditional and it was a feast. I have promised Dean I will make a little batch of dressing to go with our leftover turkey. Meanwhile, I think we all four left the table full and happy and very thankful for a good meal with good friends. 
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Mike Christie said...

That is a Thanksgiving to feel good about! Congratulations.

Tahoe Mom said...

Thanks, Mike! I did make us some dressing for last night's leftovers.