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Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving dinner’

Thanksgiving 2014

Posted by terrepruitt on November 27, 2014

You may know that I post on Thursdays.  Thanksgiving falls on Thursday in the United States that means that I will post on Thanksgiving.  I say that every year.  Even though I know that the day is coming, I don’t seem to ever have a post well planned.  I am usually sitting at my computer at 11:30 pm trying to come up with something that isn’t just me being thankful.  But I usually just give in to the fact that I spent all evening eating and not thinking about my blog.  This year we had dinner a bit earlier than normal because the 49ers were playing and someone had tickets to go see them.  I was a bit resistant to the fact that we were having dinner at noon because of a sporting event.  But it turned out not to be that early.  I do believe the 49ers lost, though.  We had a very nice early dinner.  The group was smaller than it used to be due to the fact that a lot of the “kids” were off being adults.  Always so sad when the “kids” aren’t around, but so exciting that they are off living their lives.  Exciting they are off with other people who love them.  So, instead of sitting at my computer at 11:30 pm, I am sitting at my computer at 9:30 pm.  I just want to continue the gratitude.

I am very grateful for my family on my husband’s side who provide a yummy Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch) every year.  This year was very simple and very yummy.  It was perfect.  We even ran out of salad which hasn’t happened in YEARS!!!

I hope that you can tell from reading my blog that all year long I am very grateful for my family.  I am grateful for my husband.  I am grateful for my friends.  I am grateful for my students.  I am grateful for Nia.  I am grateful to have a job teaching Nia with the City.  I am blessed and I know it.  I hope that I show it.

I am excited to get started on decorating for Christmas.  I wish we had a week in between Thanksgiving and December (as I mentioned in my last post about a Christmas card Christmas tree), but that won’t happen until 2019.  We will have days in between in 2017 and 2018, and a whole week 2019.  But for now, Christmas is four weeks away.  I love Christmastime!

Well, I know, every Thanksgiving is the same thing regarding my posts, but really I do like to state it in case you can’t tell from my posts all year long . . . I am very grateful.

Ooooh.  Thanksgiving fact according to the website CNN Living: TV dinners came from Thanksgiving.  When someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys they would sell in 1953, they decided to slice and package it up with the rest of a Thanksgiving dinner.  Desperation IS the mother of invention and they had to figure out how to get rid of TWENTY SIX TONS (!) of frozen turkey!

Also remember, there is tryptophan (the stuff that people blame being sleepy on) in protein based foods eaten every day . . . so it is probably not the turkey making you tired.

I hope you all had a very happy and safe holiday.

What did you do?  Did you celebrate?  Was it Thanksgiving for you or just another Thursday?  Pumpkin pie or pecan pie? 

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Thanksgiving 2013

Posted by terrepruitt on November 28, 2013

Today is Thursday, a day a regularly post on my blog.  You know I mainly post about the cardio dance I teach called Nia or food.  I am either sharing something about Nia or a recipe.  But today is Thanksgiving and as I sit here trying to think of something to write before the day ends, I am coming up with nothing.  Nothing, but the usually post of gratitude and thankfulness.  I didn’t want to do that again this year, but it really is so appropriate.  You know I am doing a Goodie Jar where I put good things in a jar.  Well, a lot of that is stuff I am thankful for, but a post about being thankful is a bit different.  I won’t go on and on about it.  I will just say that I am very grateful.

We had a very nice dinner at my husband’s sister’s house.  I brought my camera and didn’t even think about it until we were walking out the door to go home.  I did not take one photo.  Her table was set as lovely as ever.  It was the first time we all were able to fit at one table as not all of the kids made it to dinner.  She made a lovely meal.  We had a nice dinner and a great time.  I am grateful.

I am also thankful for the usual stuff.  And I am thankful for you.  Thanks for reading.  I hope you had a nice day — a Happy Thanksgiving, if that is what you celebrate.  A Happy Hanukkah, if that is your Holiday.  And/or a nice Thursday, if that is what today was for you.  Either way, thanks for being here.

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Turkey Leftovers

Posted by terrepruitt on November 27, 2010

This Thanksgiving, I was blessed with two different Thanksgiving dinners.  On Thanksgiving we went to my in-laws in the San Jose area.  Then after I taught my Nia class in Los Gatos on Friday, we went to another family members and had ANOTHER Thanksgiving dinner.  What do you do with your leftover turkey meat?

If I am lucky enough to get any (my mother-in-law gave us a huge bag full—yay!), I usually make turkey sandwiches, but they are usually pretty plain.  Bread, cheese, mayo, and lettuce.  Well, that is for my hubby, I usually have cheese OR mayo.  What about you?  Do you make sandwiches out of your leftover turkey?  How?  Toasted whole wheat?  A dinner roll?  Do you use all the fixins?  The cranberries and everything?  What about avacado?

Do you make turkey chili?  A turkey salad?  Or turkey salad . . . . .like chicken or tuna salad but with turkey instead.  If you have enough left over you can make a multitude of things and never really eat the same thing over again.

I am seeing information that turkey is a super food.  Ya know, that “super food” stuff, but it is in a lot of the websites so it must be considered one of those foods.

Here is an idea of what you are getting when you eat your turkey.  Either right after it is cooked or when it is remade into a new meal.

A portion of turkey about the size of a deck of cards is as follows:

–Breast with skin has 194 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 29 grams of protein

–Breast without skin has 161 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 30 grams of protein

–Leg with skin has 213 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 28 grams of protein

–Dark meat with skin has 232 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 27 grams of protein

–Dark meat with skin has 232 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 27 grams of protein

–Dark meat without skin has 192 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 28 grams of protein

From  http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/nutrition.cfm

I am just about to make myself a plate of leftovers, but I would still love to hear what you do with yours leftovers.  Do tell!

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Thanksgiving

Posted by terrepruitt on November 25, 2010

My post last year said I didn’t like Thanksgiving, which is not true and in the sentence following I explain it is all of the traditional foods that I don’t go ga-ga over.  I do love the thought of giving thanks and spending time with family.  I was thinking about family traditions and some of the food traditions familes have.  I have a friend whose family has a tradition of creamed onions.  I have never even heard of creamed onions.  I asked her about it and she said that over the years the recipe has been altered but it is something that they have had for years.

I love stuff like that.  Hearing what families have at family dinners.  I know of families that have jello salads.  I knew a family that had pistashio salad.  Some familes have a tradition of homemade bread.  Some families always have to have green salad, no matter what other vegetable is being served there has to also be a green salad.  Or what about the infamous green bean casserole?  I think a lot of familes do that one.  What about the spinach dip?  Do you know a family that has to have spinach dip before dinner?  Deviled eggs is also a big tradition with some familes.  Oh, and sushi, my husband’s family loves the sushi.

What about the turkey itself?  There are roaster families and barbeque familes.  And then of course, the fryer families.  I worked with a guy who said that his family fries the turkey and they also tell all the neighbors to come over so they can do theirs too because—he was explaining—that once the oil is hot it is easy just to keep cooking them.  That way all that oil doesn’t go to waste.  I have never had a fried turkey but from what people tell me is that it is cooked so fast the turkey doesn’t even absord that much oil.

Then there is dressing vs. stuffing.  As much as I love bread, I am not really a fan of either.   Oh, and cranberries.  What about mashed potatoes?

What is the traditional cooking style of turkey for your family?  What Thanksgiving food traditions does your family have?

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Stuffed – State Of The Turkey

Posted by terrepruitt on November 23, 2010

For many of us, Thanksgiving is almost here, at least in the United States.  For many, Thanksgiving is about food.  Turkey dinner.  I am not saying that giving thanks is not done, I am just saying that sometimes dinner is a very high priority.  With the holidays is seems as if there people give themselves permission to over eat.  Sometimes it is not even conscious.  Eating is such a social thing sometimes we could be doing it and not even really be aware.  So in order to help ensure that it is really only the turkey that is stuffed this season remember all of the party eating ideas that you have heard.

Drink a lot of water.
This will help keep you full and hydrated.  Plus if you always have a full glass people will not ask you if you want a cocktail which typically is a high calorie drink.

–Position yourself away from the appetizers. 
This can minimize the talking, grazing, listening, grazing, laughing situation that sometimes results in standing right next to a table full of finger foods.

–If you are hungry BEFORE the event, eat.
Eat something really filling and healthy.  The idea is that you will be full when you get to your destination and be less likely to graze at the appetizer table or fill up on unhealthy choices.

–Give yourself extra incentive to stay away from the holiday cocktails, by being the designated driver.
Then you can easily say, “No, thanks, I’m driving.”  And not have to fight off that well-meaning bartender that loves to make certain everyone is having a great time (with a drink)!

–Fill your plate with salad and greens.
Then barely use the salad dressing.  This will help keep you plate too full for a lot of the higher calorie items and help keep you full.

–Don’t fill you plate with vegetables that are in a casserole, cream, or covered in sauce.
The other ingredients in the casserole, the cream, and/or the sauce will make that veggie more calories.

–Take a bit of everything you want from the beginning. 

Don’t fall into the “oh my plate is too full, I’ll go back for it”.  Just take enough of everything to allow you a taste without planning on going back.  Often times we are full but since we said we were going to go back and get something because we didn’t try everything, we do.  We go back for that one thing and often times end up getting additional things because they were good.  So we end up with even MORE than we had planned.

–Scope out the food before you start filling your plate.
You know what I am talking about.  You’ve done it, you’ve heard other people say it, “Oh, I wouldn’t have gotten so much of the xxx, if I’d had known there was yyyy.”  So if you have a buffet style meal, walk the line.  See what there is make a plan.  If it is a sit down where things are passed, you can still see what is being served before you take a huge helping of one thing.

–Be mindful. 
Be aware of what you are eating AND drinking.  If you really want that pie a la mode, then maybe a small spoonful of mashed potatoes will do ya, instead of the heaping spoonful.  Also, being mindful has to do with your individual health goals.

Maybe you aren’t a calorie counter, but you do work to avoid the Transfat . . . so that means you might opt for the ice cream or plain pie instead of the low-calorie non-dairy whipped topping.  Just because it is the holidays and we are celebrating doesn’t mean we have to throw away our good eating habits.  Enjoy, but do it consciously.  Don’t end up stuffed like the turkey.

FYI:  I will be having my regularly scheduled Nia classes.  Wednesday at 9:30 am in Willow Glen (day before Thanksgiving) and Friday at 9:30 am in Los Gatos (day after Thanksgiving).  —Thanksgiving 2010

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