Healthy Holidays

Turkey Dinner

Turkey Dinner

Keep it simple.  I love to buy a whole turkey breast and roast it up in the oven.  It will only take about 1.5 hours.

 

  • Whole turkey breast
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Green spring mix
  • Small potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Your favourite balsamic
  • Cranberry sauce

I also love to roast the potatoes and brussel sprouts.  Slice the brussel sprouts in half, toss in olive oil, spread evenly on a baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast at 350 for about 1/2 hour.  I use little potatoes.  I slice them in halves or thirds (for the larger ones).  Toss in olive oil.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Rub the turkey breast in olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper.  Place it on the higher rack at 350.  It will take about 1.5 hours.  After 45 minutes, you can place the veggies on the lower rack.  Keep an eye on everything.  It will all turn out about the same time.

Optional – add a spring mix tossed in olive oil and balsamic (2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar). Greens are always good!!!  Slice the turkey and serve with a side of cranberry!


Grandma’s Mac and Cheese

I always loved my grandma’s mac and cheese.  I have remade her recipe to make it more healthy while keeping the flavour and  maintaining it’s comfort food quality.

It’s about simplicity!  I use an organic lean ground beef.  I choose an old cheddar – the more flavour it has, the less you need.  I use good quality whole canned tomatoes.  And, I use either a rice pasta, or a pasta made from ground veggies.  Try out your favourite.  This dish doesn’t actually have to include wheat!

  • Organic lean ground beef
  • Canned whole tomatoes
  • Pasta of your choice – Rice or Veggie pasta works well!
  • Strong / Old cheddar – about 1/2 a block
  • Pepper, sea salt, red pepper flakes

Simply brown the beef, adding a bit of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta.  When the beef is done, put it into a casserole dish.  Add the tomatoes, with the juice.  Break up the tomatoes, maintaining some chunkiness.

When the pasta is done, add about half.  Add a couple handfuls of grated cheddar and lightly mix.  Add the rest of the pasta, mix in a bit, then top with a couple more handfuls of grated cheese.

Bake at about 350 degrees for about 1/2 hour.  Once it is brown and bubbly, it is done!

Pair this with some mixed greens to add some more punch !!!


Mom’s Zucchini Loaf 

Another of my favourites!  I adjusted a few ingredients to make it gluten free and ease up on the sugar.  It turned out great!!!

 

This makes 2 loaves!  I cut them in half, ate one half fresh, and froze the other three halves.  What a treat for a cold day to take one out of the freezer!

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil – I used coconut oil
  • 3 cups grated zuchini
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour – I used gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup walnuts

Beat eggs until foamy.  Slowly add the sugar.  Add oil, zuchini and rest of ingredients except flour and walnuts.  Add flour.   Pour into 2 loaf pans.  Sprinkle with walnuts.  Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Eat while still warm 🙂  MMMMMMMM!!!

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