What is cooking this Thanksgiving? There are plenty of options to include in your healthy Thanksgiving menu, besides turkey, which is the centerpiece of your dinner on the long-cherished national holiday.
Whether you are a delicious dressing, stuffing, or dipping sauce fan, try out these recipes to eat healthy this Thanksgiving:
1. Caramelized Shallot Yogurt
The flavor of a caramelized shallot dip is irresistible when you include yogurt in the mix. Here is how to make four delicious servings:
● Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
● 4 shallots chopped into fine pieces
● Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
● Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
● Low-fat plain Greek yogurt (1 1/2 cups)
● Sliced chives (1 tablespoon)
How to make caramelized shallot yogurt as part of your healthy Thanksgiving dishes
● Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and sprinkle some salt and pepper over the ingredients to add flavor. As you cook, stir every few minutes and reduce heat when necessary. Cook for about 15 minutes until the shallots are richly brown.
● Allow it to cool.
● Put your yogurt and vinegar into a medium-sized bowl and add the caramelized shallots. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
● Add 1 tablespoon chives into the yogurt and stir.
● Put the dip into bowls and serve with chips.
2. Mouth-Watering Stuffing
Are you looking to make a nutritious stuffing that your health-conscious friends and relatives cannot wait to taste? You can cook this healthy Thanksgiving food item with pumpkin seeds, rye, kale, and mushroom.
● Olive oil (separate into 3/4 cup, 4 tablespoons, and extra)
● Coarsely torn seeded rye (10 cups). Let it dry out overnight.
● Raw pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup)
● Coarsely chopped mixed mushrooms (1 pound)
● Kosher salt and pepper
● Chopped celery stalks (4)
● Chopped medium-sized shallots (6)
● Torn kale leaves without stems and ribs (1 bunch)
● Finely chopped fresh sage (2 tablespoons)
● Chopped fresh rosemary (1 tablespoon)
● Dry white wine (1/2 cup)
● 2 eggs
● Chicken stock (3 cups)
Preparing stuffing for healthy thanksgiving meals
● Turn your oven on and let it heat up to 350 degrees. Coat a foil and a shallow 3-quart baking dish with oil. Put bread in an extra-large bowl.
● Add seeds to a rimmed baking sheet. Toss once and keep toasting for about 10 minutes until richly brown. Once cool, add to bowl with bread.
● Prepare 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the mushrooms and sprinkle some salt and pepper over the ingredients. Toss occasionally for about 8 minutes until softened. Put into a bowl. Repeat this step for the remaining mushrooms.
● Heat 1/4 cup of oil in the skillet before adding celery and shallots and sprinkling over a little salt and pepper. Keep cooking and often stir for about 10 minutes until shallots are soft and richly brown. Add sage, kale, and rosemary and toss well to wilt the kale for 2 minutes. Put into a bowl.
● “Medium-heat” the wine in the skillet and scrape up browned portions for 1 minute, ensuring almost all has evaporated. Sprinkle over the bread mixture.
● Put 1/2 cup oil, 2 cups stock, and whisked eggs into a medium-sized bowl. Pour over bread mixture. Flavor with salt and pepper, tossing. If necessary, pour the extra chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, to adequately hydrate the bread. Move the mixture to the prepared meal and sprinkle some oil.
● Cover the dish with the oiled foil and bake. After about 30 minutes, stick a paring knife into the center and if it comes out hot, increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Remove the foil and keep baking for another 25 minutes until richly brown and crisp.
● Let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Hopefully, these healthy thanksgiving recipes give you fresh ideas to try at home this year. Do not forget to engage us at Young Insurance for all your homeowners’ insurance needs.