The holidays are upon us! I love Thanksgiving--spending time with family, sharing good food and remembering all that there is to be thankful for. Being regimental does not mean you have to skip out on all of the festive foods, it just means you create new healthy holiday traditions. The simplest way to do this is to load up on the veggies! Roast brussels sprouts, green beans, corn, and asparagus--the more veggies the better!
If you are looking to create some regimental versions of your favorite foods to try out this year, I've got you covered!
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes:
The regimental alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes with the same delicious and creamy taste! Here is an easy recipe to try out this year!
- 1 head cauliflower--trimmed and cut into florets
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- For garnish: chopped fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, homemade flavored salt, freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain, return it back to the hot pan and let it stand for 2-3 minutes with the lid on.
Transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and purée until smooth. (You can also use a potato masher or hand blender).
Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with chopped fresh thyme, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Here is a high-protein and healthy alternative to traditional stuffing!
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
- 2 small zucchinis, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a saucepan, reduce heat to low, and stir in quinoa. Cover pan and simmer until quinoa absorbs the liquid, 10-15 minutes.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir butternut squash and zucchinis in the hot oil until slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir quinoa into the vegetables and gently mix green onions, apricots, cranberries, and parsley into the stuffing. Drizzle with lime juice to taste.
Pumpkin Pie Halo Top:
And for desert, substitute that calorie-rich pumpkin pie for Halo Top's Pumpkin Pie ice cream! For just 360 calories for the entire pint, compared to the nearly 550 calories for a slice of pumpkin pie, you can celebrate the holiday without all of the regret! Halo Top uses organic stevia and Erythritol as sugar replacements which don't affect blood glucose levels or cause bloating 🎃
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