Turkey hang-over is Totally a thing! We have officially burned thru the leftovers and are back to normal life (ish) and I must admit I’m missing a few of those oh-so-yummy thanksgiving treats!! We do things a little different in our family because almost everyone is Gluten Free. Not wanting to deprive ourselves of the traditional menu items, we’ve adapted them to be healthier, gluten free but just as yummy! So here is a recap of what we ate (and what caused us to be in such Gluten Free / Turkey Day bliss!!)
Oven Roasted Bone-in Turkey Breast & Crock-pot Turkey Breast
As a recovering vegetarian taking on the turkey was a BIT overwhelming! We all tend to go for the white meat so I decided to go the turkey breast route (a little less intimidating but just as yummy!) I found a great recipe online for a slow cooker turkey breast (and the slow cooker is TOTALLY my jam) so i gave it a whirl, but as a back-up i made one in the oven too! Well great success…they both turned out delicious! The crock-pot turkey completely fell right off the bone and the texture was just delicious!!
Gluten Free Dressing
This is a family tradition for sure! My mom simply adapted our classic recipe by using gluten free bread in place of the usual stuff! You can easily switch out a GF option for your favorite recipe to make this menu item a little healthier!
Gluten Free Spicy Mac n Cheese
My sister-in-law has perfected this one and it is DELICIOUS! I won’t pretend that this is a super healthy dish BUT by making a few changes (like using GF pasta and switching out the sour cream with greek yogurt) we’ve eased up a little on the calories and fat without sacrificing any of the decedent yummy taste!
– 3 cups uncooked GF elbow pasta
– 6 tbsp butter
– 4 tbsp GF flour (substitute with cornstarch)
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp (ish) salt
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 1 cup sour cream (substitute with Greek yogurt!!)
– 2 1/2 cups milk
– 3 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
– 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Cook pasta until al dente, drain and set aside
– Preheat oven to 350°
– In a large pan, under medium heat, melt butter and add garlic powder
– Add the flour, salt & pepper. Whisk until smooth for about a minute
– Stir in milk & sour cream. Whisk until smooth.
– Stir in the cheese (save 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese)
– Add the macaroni & mix well
– Pour into casserole dish, sprinkle with reserved cheese and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes
– Serve HOT and enjoy
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Back to a good old classic for these babies! We used standard potatoes this year, but you could easily make a mash with red potatoes or even sweet potatoes for a yummy alternative!
I consider it a GIANT win to be able to convert some very picky / non-vegetable eaters to brussels sprout lovers!! That is a tough veggie to crack for some but i was determined!! I have actually had requests from former non believers for my not-so-traditional sprouts recipe. Nothing a little parmesan and capers won’t do to win over any food lovers heart!
This is another family tradition that we’ve adapted over the years. We take a simple cranberry sauce and flip it on its head with the fresh taste of citrus and the spice of a little jalapeño!
- 1 small red onion, quartered
– 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper slices (adjust this to your level of spice)
– 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
– 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
– 1 cup whole dried cranberries
– 2 tbsp lime juice
– 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
– 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- In a food processor, combine the red onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro.
– Pulse until finely chopped.
– Add the fresh and dried cranberries, then pulse again until coarsely chopped and Set aside.
– In a large bowl, whisk lime juice, honey, cardamom, cinnamon, salt and black pepper.
– Add cranberry mixture, then toss well.
– Serve as a side dish, salsa or even as a heated sauce
This is a personal favorite of mine! Simply roast up cubes of butternut squash (tossed in coconut oil), add in walnuts, rosemary & your favorite crumbly cheese (my sister-in-laws favorite is Gorgonzola) and Enjoy!!
A southern classic! One of the things i love most about marrying into a southern family is the FOOD! They have introduced me to so many recipes and dishes that are just to die for! The collards were cooked down with a little vinegar and spices…delicious!!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
I’m not even sure there is a reason to go into detail here. A Flourless Chocolate Cake…need i say more? Decedent, rich, almost like eating a piece of fudge. DELICIOUS! Who says being gluten free is no fun…
(This is not our actual cake…it didn’t last long enough to snap a pic!)
Cheesecake w/ Homemade Caramel Sauce
Another amazing yummo! For this one my sister-in-law found a pre-made GF pie crust to save time, which allowed her to make HOMEMADE caramel sauce. WOW. Totally worth it!
Now do you understand why i’ve been in a food coma for the past week! Such a fantastic meal, made even better by sharing it with our amazing family! (for the record…my niece’s two favorite items were the mac’n’cheese & the chocolate cake) I am not able to pick a favorite…it was all amazing!!