Friday Foodie Fix- Thanksgiving Inspired

Friday Foodie Fix

Friday Foodie Fix

This week’s secret ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is not a single ingredient but a theme, Thanksgiving inspired.  What great food did you have for Thanksgiving?  What are you creating with the leftovers?  Do you just reheat the same meal or do you create a totally new dish?

I like to do both.  My favorite dish from the Thanksgiving meal is the mashed potatoes.  I like to make them into pancakes for breakfast.  A turkey shepherds pie would be great way to combine the leftovers and top it off with those mashed potatoes.

This year I did all of my cooking on Wednesday, packed it into a cooler and headed to my parents house on Thanksgiving day.  All my mom had to do was set the table.  I actually really liked cooking it on one day and eating it the next day.  It was a lot more enjoyable for me for many reasons:  everything didn’t have to be done at the same time so I could cook it in any order I wanted, I cleaned up as I cooked because I wasn’t on the clock so no big mess at the end or after eating a big meal, and I wasn’t exhausted when I sat down to eat.  Something to consider for future Thanksgivings!

I packed everything into a couple of coolers so I could reheat it once there.  We had Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and Deviled Eggs for lunch.  Then for dinner keeping it simple we had the turkey, which I had the butcher spatchcock for me, mashed potatoes, stuffing muffins, gravy and a massaged kale salad with mango and pomegranate seeds.  Dessert was Pumpkin Pudding with a nice dollop of Coconut Milk Whipped Cream and my newest creation which I will share soon, Captain Jack’s Chocolate Rum Cookies.

It was plenty to eat and clean up was a breeze.  First time I’ve ever been able to say that on Thanksgiving!

So what did you eat on Thanksgiving and has it inspired you to create something new?

Please share your recipes via Mr. Linky and if you don’t have a blog please leave them in the comments section.


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Next week’s secret ingredient is…..Cabbage!

December 10th ……. Ham

December 17th ……. Yams

December 24th ……. Readers choice

December 31st …… Wine

9 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix- Thanksgiving Inspired

  1. Ellen November 26, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Hi Diane – I loved Thanksgiving this year because I did it in stages and thus wasn't overwhelmed. Like you, I did a good amount of my cooking on Wednesday, then some on Thursday, packed it in a cooler and headed to my brother-in-law's house. I'm really embracing gluten free pie crusts and have enjoyed, over the last few months, experimenting with using different flours. Bottom line is that it is so great to serve a pie that has a crust, a gluten free crust. And everyone who tasted it said that it tasted like a "normal" (remember those days???!!!) crust. Now, if only I hadn't eaten that second piece:).

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 1, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Ellen- So happy to hear you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. The pie crust sounds great. Please let us know when you share that recipe on your blog. Folks here know I'm not a baker but I do like to pretend. I need to get cracking on practicing a pie crust for my Christmas mince meat pies.

      I always find it funny to hear tasted normal from people who eat my gf cooking. These are the folks that are often eating tons of processed foods and I think don't even know what normal is. Glad to hear your cooking is now normal. I'm not sure I'll ever be normal by most folks standards and I'm happy about that for me.

  2. Karen J November 26, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Your gluten-free stuffing with the sage sausage recipe was a huge hit yesterday. I just heated up some leftovers for my breakfast – so savory and delicious! I hope you had a wonderful day with your family 🙂

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 1, 2010 at 7:39 am #

      Karen- Wow I'm honored. So glad everyone enjoyed it. I love the idea of stuffing for breakfast. I'm going to have to steal that one. Thank you for the kind wishes and for letting me know you all enjoyed your meal. Keep me posted on living gluten free!

  3. Stephanie November 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    What a great idea to make everything the day before! I worked wednesday, but came home and made a couple pumpkin cheesecakes and stuffing. We went to eat with relatives, so I didn't have to do the whole feast. however, since we love the leftovers, I'm doing a "mini" thanksgiving today with a turkey breast, leftover stuffing and potatoes, and some veggies. My favorite thing this year was trying new recipes! I found a delicious stuffing recipe that everyone loved, mashed carrots/parsnips, and cranberry sauce too!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 1, 2010 at 7:36 am #

      Stephanie- I know what you mean about having those leftovers. I so love them too. Cooking the day before was actually a lot of work that day but it made Thanksgiving so easy. I'm going to have to make that a tradition. Would love to hear more about the recipes with mashed carrots.

  4. Jenn December 1, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful gluten free Thanksgiving with family and friends. I'm sharing a dessert that I made last week, it was a big hit!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 1, 2010 at 7:30 am #

      Jenn- Thank you for sharing. So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Those are to be treasured.

  5. Nisrine | D&D December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    All of the dishes look amazing. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!