Thanksgiving Week: Healthy Meals & Recipes (cont.)
1 large slice sourdough or French bread, or a 7-inch-long baguette half
Yield: 1 open-face sandwich
Nutritional Information: Per open-face sandwich: 314 calories, 18 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate, 11.5 g fat (5.3 g saturated fat, 4.4 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 560 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 33%.
Dinner: Now for something completely different from tomorrow's meal - and easy to fix -- how about chili and cornbread? You can make the chili anytime during the morning (even the day before). Then just add it to the slow cooker and keep it warm until you're ready to serve. Beef & Beer Chili is a mild slow-cooker favorite - add extra chili powder, cayenne pepper, or jalapeno if you want a hotter chili.
Beef and Beer Chili
2 teaspoons canola oil
Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Information: Per serving: 231 calories, 23 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 39 mg cholesterol, 7.5 g fiber, 211 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21%.
When you have an extra 15 to 20 minutes: Assemble breakfast for tomorrow -- this keeps your holiday morning stress-free and frees up some time for last-minute Thanksgiving dishes. Some examples of "make ahead" possibilities include making overnight French toast (see recipe below) a light strata, or a batch of cinnamon rolls that keeps in the refrigerator and is baked the next morning. You could also bake a light coffee cake or quiche and serve it with fruit the next morning. Or you could make crepes, keep them in the refrigerator in a plastic container or bag, then serve with fruit and vanilla yogurt or light whipped cream the next morning.
Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast
3 tablespoons low- or no-trans fat margarine or butter
Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Information: Per serving: 294 calories, 12 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 6.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 2.1 g monounsaturated fat, 1.8 g polyunsaturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 537 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 20%.
Breakfast: Simply bake or assemble the "make ahead" breakfast you put together on Wednesday.
The Feast (Lunch/Dinner): If you're hosting, you can make your day easier by delegating a few dishes to family members or family. If Aunt Martha makes the best pumpkin pie, ask if she wouldn't mind bringing one. And maybe your sister has a new stuffing recipe she wants to try --sign her up! While many desserts, appetizers and side dishes can be assembled the day before, certain key components are best made the day of, like the roasted turkey, green salad and some vegetable side dishes like Easy Green Bean Almandine. You can actually make the mashed potatoes a day before, but you might need to add more milk to soften the texture once they're reheated.
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