Thanks Is For Giving!

Hey y’all!

If you’re sitting there wondering where this entire year has gone, you aren’t the only one. We’re, like, halfway into November already and I’m still struggling with the thought that I’ll be headed back to work soon.

Mostly because I’ll be leaving both my babies all day, but also because work requires actual pants instead of leggings, so there’s that bit of bad news to process through intensive therapy.

If you’re a longtime reader around here, you’ll know that I start making holiday menus the literal moment I spy a dried brown leaf floating to the ground. I absolutely thrive during the holidays, even though every year I swear it’s the most stressful thing and my to-do lists get about 10,000 items longer.

I love it.

I’m good at it, too. That’s not an humble brag, y’all, that’s me saying that my lists are so extra that no one else even bothers to make a list anymore.

A few of our family members have adapted different eating styles over the past year, so some of our time-honored menu items are a little less realistic for all of us. This year, I’ve picked out a few healthier options to add to our list so that everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner (mostly) guilt-free.

I can’t do anything about that second plate, y’all. I said MOSTLY.

Here are some healthier ideas for Thanksgiving if you and your family are cutting back, too!

Y’all, I love me some potatoes. It’s my favorite vegetable, and I’ll never NOT wish that it wasn’t absolute mayhem for my weight maintenance. My body strongly reacts to carbs, and, well, it’s not pretty.

Luckily I also love cauliflower. It’s not the same, I’ll be very clear. But I appreciate it for what it IS, rather than what it’s trying to be. I LOVE this cauli mash with asiago – the addition of the cheese elevates this dish and makes it stand out on its own.

I ALMOST don’t miss the buttery potatoes.

This low-carb green bean casserole is absolute yum, y’all. I don’t know why it never occurred to me, but subbing dried minced onions for the crispy fried onions was kind of mind blowing.

I’m not a HUGE fan of the original, like, I like it but it’s not my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. But again, just like with the cauli mash, I can appreciate this for what it is and savor that it’s actually not going to count against me.

Unless I devour the whole pan myself.

This ‘sweet potato casserole’ is actually butternut squash and cauliflower with a crunchy pecan topping. Um, yes. I’ll take it, and not only because I actually love butternut squash as much as I do sweet potatoes. Since so many of us are watching carbs, this is a perfect substitute.

A good ol’ yeast dinner roll it isn’t, y’all, but I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that there are low carb, gluten free biscuit options for our Thanksgiving dinner. We’re carby by nature over here, so it’s kind of a big deal that these are so well received.

And there you have it. As much fun as a less-calorie, less-carb Thanksgiving dinner can offer.

Have a wonderful week, friends!

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