Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, gratitude and (over?)eating. Hopefully yours was a wonderful day with family, friends and food that you love.
On this second anniversary of my journey of reinvention, I know I weighed 300 pounds two years ago at this time. A year ago, I was down to 197. Today I weighed 142! Definitely happy with that.
Our family ran the Turkey Trot 5K downtown this morning. It was f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g cold, but we all had good runs. I ran my best pace EVER! Unfortunately, Hubby can’t run anymore because of his bionic knee, but he was a great sport and had my warm coat waiting at the finish line. Loved crossing the finish line with my friend Shirlee!
For lunch, I settled on some new and old recipes and kept it simple. We roasted two turkey breasts (instead of a whole bird) and had enough leftovers for care packages for everyone but not endless turkey for days.
I repeated the quinoa/sweet potato/dried cranberry dressing from last year, which I love, but I also made Stovetop Stuffing for those who prefer it. Did you know it has high fructose corn syrup in it? Next year I’ll make it from scratch.
I did try making cranberry sauce from scratch, which was…a little on the tart side? Hubby’s reaction was priceless, so I’ll have to up the honey next time. (Sorry, dear!) I did serve a can of jellied cranberries that I found in the pantry for the traditionalists in my family, but once again it has high fructose corn syrup and I didn’t eat it.
My slow-cooker sweet potatoes took too long, so it was a miss. However, they were sweetened only with apple juice and had toasted pecans and were quite yummy once they were finally done.
I made breadsticks and mashed potatoes out of cauliflower. It might be sort of an acquired taste!? I liked them. I also made deviled eggs using hummus, and I’ll definitely be making those again.
For dessert, we had a real pumpkin pie, but I also made grain-free mini-pies using a pecan/date crust that was good.
We used smaller dinner plates to keep the serving sizes down, and everybody got full, a blessing to be thankful for any day of the year.