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Old Mon, Oct-30-17, 10:40
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I'm starting to put together my plan for (U.S.) Thanksgiving. I want to try and keep it as low carb as possible. I don't always make a traditional meal, so everyone knows to expect he unexpected with me. One year I did a Hawaiian-inspired meal, a Mexican one the year after. I also like to play around with different meats instead of always doing turkey.

Inspire me! What are you planning to make for Turkey day?
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Old Mon, Oct-30-17, 15:21
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Your house sounds fun

Looks like we are going to a fancy restaurant this year, because my brother is having major surgery the week before.

So here is a round up of favorites from years past-

Turkey and gravy

Green veg:
Roasted broccoli with fresh parm, lemon juice and crushed red pepper

Roasted green beans and toasted almonds

Roasted brussels

A green salad with roasted butternut squash, peppers and brussels- with goat cheese and cider vinaigrette


other veg-
Roasted carrots and parsnips
Roasted acorn squash with butter and splenda/cinnamon
Mashed cauli
Spaghetti squash Kugel
Turkey sausage stuffed mushrooms

Fruit-
Sf cranberry sauce, which I usually add strawberries or raspberries to, or sometimes just cinnamon and orange extract....

Jicama "baked apples" yummmmmm!

Dessert- I'm usually not in the mid for dessert, but there are tons of recipes in forums. I would do a pumpkin cheesecake, or a fruit cobbler using almond flour. Berries, pears, apples, peaches all make great low carb cobblers.
I usually just have some berries with ricotta beaten with splenda and vanilla. It's light, and then others can have pie and some fruit with the ricotta.

Oh, and I usually have a couple glasses of dry white wine

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Old Mon, Oct-30-17, 16:56
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Are you cooking yourself for a ton of people?

It was just hubby and I, so I did a roasted chicken, gravy, mashed rutabaga, and green bean/wax bean/carrot frozen mixed veggies on our Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.

When I've gone to my dad's, there were only five of us and he didn't want lots of leftovers, so he'd just do a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. Lots of veggies and some kind of bread/bun for the carb eaters.

Not necessarily just for Thanksgiving, but veggie-wise, I like to do a mixed mash sometimes: any combo of cauliflower, sweet potato, squash, turnip, etc. Throw in cream cheese and/or cream, butter, etc. It can have a loaded potato vibe if you throw some sour cream and bacon bits on top.
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Old Tue, Oct-31-17, 16:13
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hi-
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday and meal of the year.
I usually make a Caesar salad with LOTS of garlic, cole slaw, spinach and broccoli casserole, carrot soufflé, roasted cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes, roasted Brussels, stuffing (DH loves it), gravy (simply the pan juices) and the biggest fresh turkey I can get.
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Old Tue, Oct-31-17, 18:54
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Im struggleing with wanting to visit brother-- who last time fed me sweet ice tea just after discussing my no sugar diet.... But Im hoping I have more guts to stick to my plan these days.

Did a nice LC dinner a few years ago for Christmas... lots of LC options for Thanksgiving!!!
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Old Wed, Nov-01-17, 07:34
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Are you cooking yourself for a ton of people?

Not necessarily just for Thanksgiving, but veggie-wise, I like to do a mixed mash sometimes: any combo of cauliflower, sweet potato, squash, turnip, etc. Throw in cream cheese and/or cream, butter, etc. It can have a loaded potato vibe if you throw some sour cream and bacon bits on top.


Not a ton of people right now. We have a small place, and I don't want to have to move the table into the living room because we have to use the table leaf (again). We like lots of leftovers, though.

I've been OBSESSED with loaded mashed cauli the last few weeks, so it's definitely making an appearance on the table.
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Im struggleing with wanting to visit brother-- who last time fed me sweet ice tea just after discussing my no sugar diet.... But Im hoping I have more guts to stick to my plan these days.


Maddening when people do things like that. Sugar is SO ubiquitous in life that most people just can't conceive of avoiding it, it seems.

What has worked for me when people are just obnoxious about pushing it on me - even when I explain I'm diabetic! - is to tell them that I am just like an alcoholic with sugar -- a "little bit" is too much, and never enough. Most people understand the analogy.
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Old Wed, Nov-01-17, 08:35
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I made a low carb, no thickener gravy last year that I’ll be using again

Sautéed some mushrooms and green onions. Threw it in a blender, added some turkey juice and broth, garlic, oregano, sage, salt and pepper and it was so good we were eating it with a spoon. The mushrooms were the thickener.
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Old Wed, Nov-01-17, 08:40
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I've been OBSESSED with loaded mashed cauli the last few weeks, so it's definitely making an appearance on the table.

Another cauliflower option: Faux potato salad. I took my grandma's potato salad recipe and tweaked it for LC. It takes a little bit of work, but my family likes it a lot (even the carbivores ). They insist that I make it for every holiday meal. I plugged the recipe into MY PLAN here on this forum. Here is the link:

Ken's Faux Potato Salad
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Old Wed, Nov-01-17, 09:39
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Im struggleing with wanting to visit brother-- who last time fed me sweet ice tea just after discussing my no sugar diet.... But Im hoping I have more guts to stick to my plan these days ...


Why do people do that? DH and I are retired homebodies and live far away from family, so we celebrate quietly at home. We're going to make a turkey for two and a few simple side dishes for each or both of us.

Meanwhile, our darling, well-meaning neighbor offered (as she does every year) to make us a pan of her famous "dressin'" - it really is delicious but so fattening, I blow up just looking at it. We've mentioned to her probably 15 times in the last three months that we're watching the carbs. She smiled and said it's only once a year, whereupon I answered that it takes a whole year for me to burn it off!

It's uncomfortable because this is a gesture of kindness, so to soften the blow I suggested that if she wants to make us a treat we love her fried okra. (I've sneakily extracted her ingredients and cooking methods in our chats, and it is reasonably low carb.

Let's face it, we're raised to believe food is love. It's not just food. So I try not to get angry or frustrated with people who do that sort of thing, remember that they're not trying to intentionally sabotage our efforts, but it is still a little bit frustrating. Even my darling husband will stick a spoonful of ice cream in my face once in a while. But I digress.
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Old Wed, Nov-01-17, 13:39
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I'm afraid I can't help with suggestions. We're probably going to the free community turkey dinner - my husband loves talking to people & we don't have any family nearby.

I'm not a fan of turkey, but I know from experience that turkey & green salad will likely be all I can eat - which is fine. But this year I'm taking my own olive oil & vinegar dressing because the store-bought ones just don't taste good. Then I can pour my dressing over both the salad & turkey & all will be good.
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Old Thu, Nov-02-17, 04:37
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You have lots of flexibility if even Hawaiian is OK, but maybe try making an all Southern/Virginian meal this year?

You might add a Virginia Ham to the meal with a Turkey. I like the Five Minute Sweet and Spicey Pecans just for the aroma of cinnamon and spice before the meal. Ideas and recipe here,

https://www.verywell.com/low-carb-t...ristmas-2242467

Collards, LC Sweet potato casserole, Okra, Some local Virginia shellfish, She-Crab Soup, Roasted Yams??

A FaceBook you can find many ideas, some not so traditional, is Cooking Keto with Kristie. Have to join her FB group, then use the group's search bar for hashtag #ThanksgivingMeals

http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=470795

There are many meal ideas flying around this large active group.

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Old Thu, Nov-02-17, 05:35
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Imma making a small turkey and a leafy green salad for my T day meal.

It's gonna be interesting b/c my 2 DDs and my SIL are vegans (as of July) and are coming to visit for the Thanksgiving holidays... I told 'em MORE turkey for me then!

They'll cook their own vegan dishes and we'll enjoy each other's company.
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Old Thu, Nov-02-17, 09:14
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I have been the Thanksgiving site for my family for the past 15 years since my mother grew older, I took over the cooking and hosting. Everyone comes here because of my mother I guess.....we usually have between 16 - 24 people (sisters, kids, cousins, etc. ) Unfortunately, since most of them either fly in or drive long distances.......they don't bring food. I do the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and just don't eat the carb foods. My stepdaughter, who lives in town, cooks the turkey and I do the rest.

My cousin brings wine, cheeses and shrimp for before which I LOVE...

Heres my basic menu:

Turkey
Ham
cornbread dressing
cranberry sauce
sweet potato casserole
green vegetables (depending of what I find...either green beans, brussel; sprouts or asparagus)
Mac and cheese (for the kids)
pecan pies and chess pies

I just eat cheeses, shrimp, turkey, ham and veggies, (and wine) and let the rest enjoy the dressing, rolls and dessert!

I also have two vegans and three diabetics. the vegans usually bring something from the local "whole foods" store, and eat the veggies I provide. I usually also have these "heat and serve" fake chicken tenders for them that you heat in the oven.

I haven't found it hard to resist anything but the dressing, and if I wait long enough to fill my plate, its usually gone!

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Old Thu, Nov-02-17, 10:23
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Just 3 of us for Thanksgiving these last several years, with my brother joining my husband and me. DH isn't overly keen on turkey, and brother actively dislikes it, so I have been roasting a couple of ducks for the meal. Usually stuff the birds with some mixture of nuts & dried fruit & onions, which stretches my carb limit; but with all the fat in the duck I find the stuffing is more for adding flavor to the bird rather than actual eating. Mashed veg in some variation: cauli, celery root, rutabaga; Brussels sprouts; some sort of salad; cranberry sauce. My tried and true pumpkin pie; I've tried it with an LC crust, and wasn't thrilled. The guys aren't LC, so this year I will just make it as usual, and either not eat the crust, or consider it part of my 80/20 plan. However, there are plenty of great sounding Thanksgiving suitable dessert recipes around the web. If it were important for me or the family to be more strict I would try one of them.
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