Oates' Family Thanksgiving Recipes

//Oates' Family Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays at our house are definitely a celebration, but we have adapted traditional recipes over the years in order to help our family stay healthy during this season where it is tempting to rationalize away good choices.  We say things like, “Well, it is a special occasion,” or “This only happens once a year so it’s ok.”  But then days afterward we are upset with ourselves for not making better choices!  If you fall into that line of thinking, check out our other posts on the cycle that most American’s get into over the holidays that doesn’t do any favors to the waistline!

Here are a few of the Oates’ family favorites that allow us to enjoy the holidays without feeling gross afterward!  We all know what that feels like!  Who wants to feel like that anyway?  Try out a few of these recipes this year in place of traditional recipes that usually are high in butter, sugar, and other ingredients we don’t need!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  We pray you are blessed and that these recipes help!  If you try any of them out, leave us a comment about what you thought!  I will be posting healthy dessert recipes later today so come back and check it out!

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Turkey

We cannot afford right now to do everything Organic in our house, however, if there is one thing we splurge on over the holidays, it is a good turkey!

Read the label on your turkey this year before you just grab whatever is available and you might be surprised at all the additives, sugar, and preservatives that are coming with your turkey!

So if you can afford it, Organic Grass Fed is the way to go when you are buying your meat.  It won’t have any of the yucky hormones or antibiotics that are harmful to us and can even hinder your body’s ability to lose weight.

Also, instead of coating your turkey in butter this year, try coating it with Coconut oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Bake it in a handy Turkey Bag to keep all the juices in!

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**I’ve listed a couple sweet potato recipes because sometimes we like to mash them and other times we like to dice them.

Scrumptious Diced Sweet Potatoes

Peel and dice 3-4 sweet potatoes into cubes

Topping:

  • ½ c. coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup Agave
  • ¼ c. flour or Shaklee Protein Mix
  • ½ c. oats
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts), as desired
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Add enough flour to make a thick consistency if ¼ is not to your liking.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Sprinkle over cubed sweet potatoes.
  4. Bake in 9 x 13 in. glass dish at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil or organic butter
  • ¼ cup Agave
  • 1 Tbsp. Shaklee protein mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  1. Peel, dice, and boil sweet potatoes.
  2. When potatoes are soft, drain water and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add other ingredients and mash with a mixer.
  4. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.

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Mashed Faux-tatoes

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, about 1 ½ lbs
  • 1 T. Shaklee Instant Protein Mix
  • ¼ cup organic or raw butter
  • ¼ cup organic or raw half and half (if not used, double the amount of butter)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • minced chives (optional)
  1. Steam cauliflower until tender in steamer basket or small amount of water in saucepan and drain.    
  2. In food processor or mixing bowl, blend cauliflower, butter, cream, sea salt, and pepper, until smooth.  
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl.  Serve immediately. Serves 4-6.

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Fresh Green Beans w/ Almond Slivers

  • Fresh Green Beans
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Almonds or Cashews
  • 1 Tbsp. Parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  1. Steam Green Beans for 3 Minutes.
  2. Transfer to heated frying pan.
  3. Sauté green beans, nuts and seasoning in coconut oil for 3 minutes more or until green beans are cooked through.
  4. Do not overcook.

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Cranberry Chutney

  • 12 oz. bag cranberries (or 2 cups frozen)—No sugar!
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apples chopped in small chunks
  • 1 cup oranges slices in small chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup Agave
  • 1 Tbsp. Shaklee Protein Mix
  1. Mix protein into water.
  2. Add cranberries and agave and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Add in apples and oranges near the end.
  4. Reduce temperature to simmer for 5-6 minutes until cranberries pop and the sauce thickens.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Exchange ½ cup water for orange juice and add 2 tsp. of Orange Zest.

**If you do not have the protein, simply eliminate it from the recipe. But remember, you are eliminating Amino Acids!

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Savory Stuffing

  • 1 Bag (10 oz) Organic Arrowhead Mills Stuffing
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium broth or water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave
  • 1 Tbsp. Shaklee Instant Protein
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • Salt to taste

Optional Add-Ins:

  • ½ finely chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup cranberries or raisins
  • ½ walnuts or pecans
  1. Saute onion, celery, and carrots in oil until browned in large saucepan.
  2. Add broth, agave, protein, and parsley, bringing mixture to a boil, turn off heat and add stuffing and remaining add-ins if desired.
  3. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes and serve.
  4. Or you may place in 9 x 13 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes to get a golden crust.
  5. To stuff and Turkey: Stuff mixture loosely into the turkey cavity and bake according to the weight.

**If you do not have the protein, simply eliminate it from the recipe. But remember, you are eliminating Amino Acids!

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Don’t forget to finish off a yummy meal with our famous Pumpkin Cookies!!!

AND a Pumpkin Latte!

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