Do I even need to mention that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday? I see it as my showcase day: the day when I share my cooking passion and skill with friends and family. My wares are on display. I get to see cleaned plates and food-drunken grins. It's quite an ego-stroke.
This year, I'm toning my Thanksgiving down quite a bit, for two reasons. First, because I want a stress-free holiday season. In years past, I have worked myself into a frenzy cooking ten or more side dishes and an equal number of desserts. Also, I'm working on my weight, so I need to be careful what I serve. There are a couple dishes that I'm going to make that are very fattening but very worth the caloric cost. Other than those, I'm making my dinner plans healthier.
Each day this week, I'll share with you a recipe that I'm using for my family's Thanksgiving celebration. I'm cooking these in real time, and freezing them to use on the big day. That's another way to de-stress your holidays: plan ahead, prepare ahead. I hope you enjoy my recipes.
First recipe: Sweet Potatoes made healthier
Normally, my sweet potato recipe consists of tons of butter, brown sugar, pineapple, and pecans. Here's a healthier option:
Honey-Nut Crunch Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries
What You Need:
- 2 1/2 lb peeled, cubed sweet potatoes (1" cubes)
- 6 oz fresh cranberries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup apple cider
- 6 oz whole almonds (unsalted), ground into a coarse meal
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.