By: Jen Gerasimas
image with mini pumpkins, colorful corn on the cob, apples, and fall leaves

I LOVE Thanksgiving food. The combo of sweet and savory. It is a meal when I enjoy the canned cranberry sauce, grocery store sweet rolls, and decadent dessert. Because I rarely eat such indulgent food, I am able to enjoy the splurge l for Thanksgiving and other main holidays without guilt. Plus, the years of training my body to really want the healthy, I tend not to overdo it on these occasions. I find I am fully satisfied with my small tastes. 

This menu is what I traditionally make for Thanksgiving. So check out it for any ideas you might want to use for your own feast. I provide you with all the details below. 

Jen’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu:

  • Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Creamy Mashed potatoes
  • Easy Stuffing 
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts with Pecans 
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Dessert - S’mores Pumpkin Pie

Let me know if you try any of these dishes. I would also love to hear what you like to make for Thanksgiving dinner. 

To a great Thanksgiving,

Jen

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • A simple recipe from Food Network with fresh herbs and white wine.
  • Note: The recipe calls for pouring 1 cup of white wine in the bottom of the pan. 1 cup isn’t enough. For the total baking time needed, I recommended a whole bottle. 
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • A Thanksgiving requirement
  • Ingredient amounts are really based on how many people you need to feed and taste preferences. 
  • Key to making creamy mashed potatoes is using an immersion blender.

Ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes, cubed, removing skin optional 
  • Real butter, amount to preference
  • Whole milk or heavy cream, amount to preference
  • Salt, amount to preference 
  • Pepper, amount to preference

Directions:

  • Place cubed potatoes in a large pot. 
  • Cover with water about 1 inch over the potatoes. 
  • Boil until cooked through. Drain. 
  • Return potatoes to the pot or other bowl. 
  • Break up cubes with a potato masher. 
  • Add butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Mash more. Then use a hand mixer or for even more creaminess, an immersion blender to whip potatoes. 
  • Taste and add extra butter, milk, salt, and pepper for desired taste. 
Easy Stuffing
  • Yep! Stuffing from a bag, made a little fancier with some fresh veggies. 
  • If not making your own stuffing from scratch, choose good quality stuffing.

Ingredients:

  • Quality stuffing mix, I used Whole Foods brand
  • Chicken or veggie broth, package may call for water, I like to use broth for extra flavor
  • Onion, chopped, amount to preference
  • Celery, thin sliced, amount to preference
  • Butter, to sauté the vegetables and extra may be needed for package dressing

Directions:

  • In a large pot, sauté onion and celery in butter over medium heat until tender. 
  • Add to broth and butter, if noted on stuffing package, and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and add stuffing mix, stirring until combined. 
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Fresh Green Beans
  • Must have greens! 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • Butter, amount to preference
  • Salt and pepper, amount to preference

Directions:

  • Steam green beans in a steamer basket until tender
  • In a bowl, toss green beans in butter, salt, and pepper to taste. 
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
  • Always more veggies. 2 veggies in one dish.
  • A little crunch with the pecans.
  • A little sweet with the savory.

Click here for the full recipe with an option to print.

Cranberry Sauce
  • Totally from the can. I am not making my own. 
  • I am the only one who eats it in my family.
  • Get good quality.
Dinner Rolls
  • From the store. Easy peasy 
  • Again, get good quality. 
  • Enjoy butter with it if you want.
  • Wrap in foil and warm in the turned-off oven after everything is baked and you are setting the table.
Dessert - S’mores Pumpkin Pie

I have such a sweet tooth. So, in some ways, I eat dinner so I can have dessert. Last year I discovered a recipe I had not heard of before - S’mores Pumpkin Pie. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

For the pie base: 

  • I used the pumpkin pie and chocolate base from Love and Olive Oil’s S’more Pumpkin Pie recipe. 
  • Their topping requires making your own marshmallow topping and that fits in the category of “more complicated than I wanted,” since I was already making the main part of the pie from scratch. 

For the marshmallow topping:

  • After the pie had cooled, I topped the pie with a generous layer of mini marshmallows and then placed dark chocolate chips randomly on top of the marshmallows. 
  • Broiled the pie on high until the marshmallows were a nice toasted color. 
  • Allow the pie to cool some before cutting. 



Tags


{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}
Images of different devices showing a video

Get moving with 4 FREE 10 minute workouts.

Short on time? We’ve got you. Get our quick 10 minute workout videos sent straight to your inbox, over the course of 4 weeks. These videos include actions that are easy to do at home, with little equipment needed. Modifications shown for all fitness levels. Get moving today and sign up to receive this great series.

By submitting your information, you give 7Core Wellness permission to email you. Your privacy is important to us.

>