Celebrate with a meal you won't forget this year !
It's a fact that even the most experienced cook can feel intimidated by the thought of cooking and preparing a perfect meal for Thanksgiving.
So, if you're planning to get together with the family this year, planning ahead can be one way to help you stay calm and enable you to make the most of this special occasion.
A thanksgiving dinner traditionally consists of:-
Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, side dishes, sauce & stuffing, desserts & pumpkin pie, and the usual dilemma of what to cook with the leftovers !
Of course, there are plenty more ideas for what you can cook if you prefer not to go traditional, as well as some tasty vegetarian options.
All these warming foods are most welcome in the cold weather of winter.
One of the big decisions will be what size turkey you need to buy - so you'll need to have a good idea just how many people you are cooking for - before you make your purchase.
Even for the most organised cook, having a timeline of what time you need to put each thing into the oven, and the various temperatures, can be a real help.
It can be especially helpful when there's people around who are offering to "help" you in the kitchen !
You'll want to create your own, but here's a sample timeline:-
Two to Three Days before
One Day before
For the diabetic, the dinner itself is unlikely to present a problem. Simply serve fewer potatoes than for other guests, but put plenty of vegetables and turkey on their plate.
If cooking potatoes, try using sweet potatoes, as these have a lower GI level, so make it easier to help control blood sugar levels well.
For dessert, the traditional desserts can be full of sugar. So unless you try serving them a far smaller portion, the best idea is to have one sweet that everyone can enjoy.
For inspiration, check out healthy dessert recipes , where there's no compromise on flavour, but the food contains lower sugar and carbohydrates.
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The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin