Monday, November 23, 2009

EDF November...Thanksgiving!

So, until football season is over, it looks like all I'm capable of is a few posts per month! I had 3 in September, 2 in October, and this is my first for November...not a way to create a following!

But since its Thanksgiving week, the studio is closed and there is no Saintsations practice until Sunday (for the BIG game on Monday night, look for me on the sidelines!)...I have the whole week off. Time to blog!

I'm only in charge of the salad for Thursday. We are having Thanksgiving dinner with my dad's side of the family in Venice, Louisiana (way down at the mouth of the Mississippi). My dad and brother are both river boat pilots (well, Adam isn't really a pilot yet, but he's working his way up). My dad's brother's 2 sons (my cousins) are also pilots...and they all have to work this week. So we are taking our feast on the road to my Aunt and Uncle's camp. Aunt Millie is the BEST cook! Such a treat to have a delicious home cooked meal when you are usually the one cooking!

Even though I won't be trying out any new recipes, here are some easy recipes for the November issues of Martha Stewart's Everyday Food, all of them perfect for Turkey Day.

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- per serving: 251 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 39 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber (exchanges: 5 protein, 1 1/2 fat, 1/2 starch)
- suggestions: If you are cooking for fewer people, give this a try instead of the traditional roasted turkey

Apple Stuffing
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- per serving: 218 calories, 8 g fat, 5 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber (exchanges: 1 1/2 fat, 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 starch; WW points: 4)

Cranberry and Dried-Cherry Relish
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-per 2 tbsp serving: 62 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber (exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 starch; WW points: 1)
- suggestion: use leftover turkey and relish to make turkey-brie quesadillas...just spread Dijon mustard over a tortilla and top with turkey, brie, relish, and black pepper

Brussels Sprouts Vinaigrette
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- per serving: 82 calories, 4 g fat (.5 g saturated), 4 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber (exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat; WW points: 1)
- suggestions: I had something like this at one of my favorite Houston restaurants, Dolce Vita, but the sprouts were shredded (like slaw)...I might try that here!

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- per serving: 117 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated), 1 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber (exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 fat; WW points: 3)
Chocolate-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies
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- per cookie: 78 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated), 1 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber (exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat; WW points: 2)
- notes: these cookies are very cake-like (sort of like muffin tops); many of the reviews said to double the spices

Here is a recipe for a Crustless Pumpkin Pie (its more like a pumpkin pie crisp...there is a brown sugar and oat topping) that I made a few years ago...pretty good! I left the orange zest out though.

Per serving: 185 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 6 g protein, 36 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber (exchanges: 3 starch; WW points: 3)


  1. Love the idea about using leftover turkey and cranberry relish to make Thanksgiving quesadillas! I'm gonna try that for lunch today!