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SPICE UP YOUR THANKSGIVING PIE

I hope you had the opportunity to check out my last blog featuring two of my favorite vegetable sides, perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.

While keeping my desserts traditional, I also like to mix it up a little.  With my “test kitchen” in full operation this week, we invited our neighbors over for a piece of Nutty Pumpkin Pie.  It was a big hit and they suggested that I drop one off on Thanksgiving Day. 

If you are sharing your Thanksgiving meal with grandchildren or anyone that want to pass on the pie crust, make a batch of the Pumpkin Pie Recipe, fill custards cups, bake as directed and garnish with a wafer cookie.

Simply click on the link for each recipe.

Nutty Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

FOOD FACTS:

Pumpkin is very nutritious and like winter squash is easy to add to your diet.  Canned pumpkin has no salt or sugar and fresh pumpkin is easy to prepare.  Canned or fresh pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber.  As a source of vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, pumpkin supports eye health and the functioning of our immune system.  Vitamin C is not manufactured or stored in the body and is one of the many antioxidants critical for the growth and repair of tissues.  One cup of cooked pumpkin provides approximately 25% of the daily value of potassium and fiber.

Cinnamon will not only enhance the flavor of your dish, but it is loaded with plant compounds that improves cholesterol metabolism and can help fight a myriad of diseases.  It is especially beneficial for individuals with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and weight issues.

TIMELY TIPS:

 

 

 

 

While I enjoy the cooking, clean up can be a chore so I’m always on the lookout for short cuts. I typically do my chopping before I prepare my recipe, so to cut down on the dish washing, I use basket style coffee filters instead of bowls for dry ingredients.

Also, don’t toss those plastic placemats that have lost their luster. They are perfect for chopping and clean up with a warm soapy dishcloth.

Happy Thanksgiving

XOXO       Trisha

 

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I really hope you liked my last blog which featured two of my favorite holiday salad recipes. If you are like me, you may struggle with trying to find an appropriate vegetable recipe for your holiday meals. Steamed veggies seem to get passed around quickly but aren’t usually too popular. Well, I’ve discovered two recipes that are quite delicious and will go well with any of your main dishes. One is for yummy creamed peas and the other is for sweet potatoes so sweet and delicious you could serve them for dessert.

Simply click on the link for each recipe:

Creamed Peas

Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

Food Facts:

1. Green peas are loaded with nutrients and are a good source of vitamin K1 which is important for maintaining bone health and contributes to the body’s blood clotting function.  In addition, they contain folic acid and vitamin B6 which is important for cardiovascular health.

2. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with nutrients, specifically manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Manganese plays a role in the prevention and treatment of numerous medical conditions. Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene is beneficial for vision health and the functioning of our immune system. Vitamin C is not manufactured or stored in the body and is one of the many antioxidants critical for the growth and repair of tissues.

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1. Freeze your marshmallows. This will keep them nice and fresh and ready for use in baking or in a fresh salad.

2. Sweet potatoes are very dense and hard to slice. I’ve discovered that if you microwave them for one minute, let them cool for comfortable handling, you can peel them with ease and slicing will not be a problem.

Let me know what you think?

XOXO Trisha

 

Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

   

As I began to plan my Thankgiving Dinner this year, I decided to change things up a bit. As traditional as I am (there are some traditional dishes I will never give up), I love trying new recipes and introducing family and friends to wonderful new taste treats. Here are the recipes for a cranberry salad and an apple salad, either of which will go very nicely with your holiday meal.    

Simply click on the link for each recipe.

Scroll down the page for some additional “Food Facts” and “Timely Tips.”

Cranberry Salad

Apple Salad    

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           

 Food Facts

Cranberries have anti-bacterial properties that positively affect urinary tract health as well as strong antioxidant properties.

Apples have a favorable effect on digestion, are amazing for controlling blood sugar and are a good source of soluble fiber.

Timely Tips

   

 

 

 

 

 

Use your potato peeler to remove the strings on celery and tone down it’s bitter taste.

Kitchen scissors, slightly dusted with powdered sugar, are perfect for cutting dates.