And ditch that gravy that comes in a can or jar; many contain upwards of twenty ingredients! With a pan of natural turkey drippings sitting right on the counter, there's no reason to use anything unnatural.
Natural Turkey Gravy:
2 cups of drippings
3 tablespoons of fat (olive oil or butter)
3 tablespoons of flour
salt and pepper to taste
Combine in a sauce pan, stirring until smooth. Return that can or jar of gravy. Listen to your guests say "Mmmmm."
I'm a big fan of olive oil for health benefits and flavor, and that's the secret ingredient in these potatoes. Furthermore, if you have a vegan guest at your table, these will fit the bill nicely.
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
- Peel, cube and boil the potatoes in salted water, as usual. (If you like Garlic-Mashed, simply add a few cloves to the water with the potatoes.)
- When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain, reserving about an inch of water in the bottom of the pot with the potatoes. (You'll also need to catch some of the potato water in a cup or bowl at the sink, for later usage.)
- A hand blender is needed for this part, but it's worth having one (and not just for potatoes!). Using olive oil instead of butter and/or milk, blend the potatoes with an up and down motion. Give them a stir, making sure you've gotten all the lumps. You can add a bit more olive oil or a bit of the cooking water to achieve the desired consistency.
-Season with salt and pepper. That's it. Trust me, these potatoes can't be beat!
It's quick and easy to make fresh cranberry sauce. My favorite way to prepare it is to boil the cranberries with water and organic sugar to taste (wow, they're tart!), and then add orange segments, walnuts and mint. Talk about a superfruit...you can really taste it! If you must buy it in a can, please search out organic. High fructose corn syrup, for a myriad of negative health reasons, is also a genetically modified product, something we definitely don't want to give thanks for.
If there's no soda on the table, nobody can drink soda. It's really as simple as that. Pour some water into pretty pitchers; one plain, one with lemon slices, one with cucumber slices, maybe. Watch how quickly everyone forgets about the soda. You'll be doing the kids (and the adults) a favor.
Adapted from Chapter 11 - Just Because You're An American Doesn't Mean You Have To Eat Like One! http://www.northshire.com/ebm/9781605711270 Jacobson, M. Nov, 2011.
1,2 - Just Because You're An American Doesn't Mean You Have To Eat Like One! http://www.northshire.com/ebm/9781605711270 Jacobson, M. Nov, 2011.
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