Thanksgiving, Vegetables

Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links – Part 2

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

My first post of Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links was getting too long, so I broke things up a bit and made two posts.  Today, we’re covering three popular Thanksgiving side dishes you may be interested in having in your recipe arsenal – or rather, a healthier version than your current “oldie but goodie” (wink).  Shhhh…  I won’t tell.

No. 1:  The Famous Green Bean Casserole. (Yes, you know the one.)  

An all-time favorite at my house (and maybe yours, too) is Green Bean Casserole.   Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom has a healthier and fabulous Green Bean Casserole recipe that requires no canned cream of mushroom soup.  Yes, that got my attention, too!

While Leigh Anne’s recipe is gluten-free, it isn’t dairy-free or sugar-free.  I have adequate ways for substituting sugar and milk, but replacing sour cream gets sketchy.  Since Leigh Anne’s recipe requires sour cream (and cheddar cheese), I’ll leave this recipe for you who have no problem with dairy.  I think you’ll enjoy it!

No. 2:  Green Beans and Bacon

Last year, I made regular green beans with onions and bacon – similar to Leigh Anne’s Caramelized Onion and Bacon Green Beans.  I didn’t include the sugar or balsamic vinegar in mine, but her recipe sounds delicious, too.

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In the picture above you see a mac and cheese (probably completely unhealthy) I made for hubs and kids.  No need to share that with you today, right (grin)?

It’s difficult to see what’s really inside those dishes on my kitchen island, but with only four of us, we didn’t need large quantities.  One thing is for sure – sweet potato casserole is a must.  It’s on the back, right corner of the island.  The topping looks solid, I know, but it was very tasty.  Who cares about looks when you are so happy to be healthy enough (finally) to serve a Thanksgiving meal to your family again?

No. 3:  Sweet Potato Casserole

Last year, I made a sweet potato casserole sweetened with mashed bananas.  It amazed me how good it tasted!  There wasn’t even a hint of the banana flavor.  Shocker, I know.  I concocted my own streusel topping.   I no longer have the recipe I used for that casserole, but this recipe looks pretty close to the one I made last year (if the banana doesn’t scare you away).  Again, it was amazingly good and the fam had no idea!

Here’s a link for the Sweet Potato Casserole I plan to make for Thanksgiving this year.  It is dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free!  Thank you, Laura at Joy Food Sunshine.  Your recipe is nearly perfect!  (Nearly because it has a touch of sugar in the topping.  A substitution will work just fine.)

The streusel toppings in both of these Sweet Potato Casserole recipes can be changed from brown or white sugar, flour, and pecan mixtures to THM Gentle Sweet™, oat flour or my gluten-free flour blend, and pecans.  Trim Healthy Mama (THM) has a sale on their Zylitol-Free Gentle Sweet* (which is my fave, $9.99 for the 16-oz. bag).  It’s a great time to stock up before all your holiday baking begins in earnest next month. 🙂

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
(1 Timothy 4:4-5)

If you choose to enjoy a smidge of pie this Thanksgiving, don’t live in fear of the food (unless you have a severe allergy).

Savor it with thanksgiving.  Through prayers of blessing and in faith, God has you covered!

And know it is a treat, a blessing to be enjoyed.  Fully.  In that moment.

The only concern is letting those smidges take over and grow to large, regular servings again.  To returning as a regular lifestyle.  No, don’t return to the desert.  Good health and food freedom with quality ingredients are much better than dietary bondage of caloric counts and such.

Savor this season, y’all.  Enjoy the planning and preparation for good times ahead.  Thanksgiving will be here before we blink an eye.

And. when it comes,

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Well, I hope that helps you complete your menu for Thanksgiving with healthy replacement recipes. If you missed my first post about Thanksgiving cornbread dressing (stuffing) and cranberry sauce from whole, fresh cranberries, check it out here.

Please keep in touch and let me know how you liked any of today’s recipes you decide to try.

Hugs and His blessings~

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