This year, I really cooked for me. I wanted this meal to be meaningful to me and one way (well, probably my main way) to do that is through my cooking. I really wanted to cook healthy, whole food, that was representative of the holiday. I found a fabulous cookbook (that has been out of print and I had to jump through more hoops than I can explain right now to get it) that really helped me to pick recipes that fit exactly what I was looking for. So for our meal, I cooked:
-Harvest rice and vegetable loaf
-Roasted Brussels sprouts
-Sweet potato rolls
-Homemade whole berry cranberry and apple sauce
In addition, my family supplied extras like mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, honey and nut squash, and Indian raisin pudding.
It was a delicious meal, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Because of the cookbook I used, I had a game plan too, and was able to break up the tasks of cooking into different time increments (I did a few things the day before, a few that morning and a few 2 hours before dinner). Because of this, the meal was about 99% stress free. Actually, it was more stress free than cooking normal dinner!
In addition to dinner, my family (who is in no way good with structured activities) did little "What I am thankful cards" which were a big hit, thanks to Anne who got everyone into the spirit and fun of it. Thank you Anne!
So here's to a very thankful Thanksgiving dinner!
The meal I cooked-from left to right-Harvest Veggie Loaf, Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, Rolls, Cranberry sauce, Turkey
Jamie enjoying his first Thanksgiving dinner (squash and some mashed potatoes)
Our Thanksgiving tree, which we have now done 2 years in a row and is becoming one of our traditions.