Friday, November 02, 2007

Low-Glycemic Holiday Recipes for a South Beach Diet Friendly Thanksgiving 2007

Double Berry Jello SaladDouble Berry Jello Salad was great last Thanksgiving!

(If you're looking for the most updated collections of healthy holiday recipes, see my post with 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads or check out the whole index page of  Carb-Conscious Thanksgiving Recipes.

We're now entering the time of year when healthy eating can get a bit more challenging. Last year I had a lot of fun sharing recipes and ideas for Thanksgiving Recipes that were lower on the glycemic index than normal holiday fare, while still being the kind of over-the-top delicious you want for a holiday meal. Of course, the low-glycemic South Beach way of eating is also perfect for anyone with diabetes, or anyone who's trying to eat more complex carbs and avoid saturated fat, even if you're not trying to lose weight.

This year I'll be featuring low-glycemic Thanksgiving ideas again during November. I'll focus on recipes which fit my personal philosophy that it's not bad to indulge in some *must have* foods for a holiday meal, if you make diet-friendly choices for other parts of the menu. Some of my Thanksgiving recipes might be "once in a while treats" for the South Beach Diet, but in general recipes I include here will be South Beach friendly, focused on complex carbs and avoiding saturated fats. I'll be adding more recipes to this list all through November, so check back during the month. Now let's get you thinking about what to serve with your turkey for the big day.

Let's start with a few recipes I tried through the year that would be great for Thanksgiving, like Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts.

If you can get good asparagus where you live in November, Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Spike Seasoning would make a great Thanksgiving vegetable.

Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley is another "holiday-worthy" recipe if you can find fresh zucchini at this time of year.

Warm Red Cabbage Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese would be great for Thanksgiving.

I had Thanksgiving in mind when I tried the recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices, and it was a total winner.

Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds is a combination that really wowed me when I was trying Thanksgiving recipes.

A great alternative to sugar-laden sweet potatoes would be these Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions with Rosemary and Parmesan.

As a delicious side dish (but not trying to masquerade as potatoes) try Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese.

Roasted Carrots with Moroccan Spice Mix are great for a kicked-up way to cook carrots.

Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan is delicious and quick.

South Beach Friendly Whole Wheat and Mushroom Stuffing will taste great with your turkey!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts was my first brussels sprouts recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen (but not the last!)

A Few More Helpful Thanksgiving Links: 
Easy Holiday Turkey (Video) at Blogher
Elise's Mom's Stuffing (Video) at Blogher
(If you use 100% whole wheat bread this stuffing would be pretty South Beach friendly.)
Green Beans with a Twist (Video) at Blogher
Lots and lots of Thanksgiving Recipes from other bloggers at Blogher
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  1. Okay, I'm taking notes.... My holiday menu always comes together at the last minute, but maybe this year I'll be more organized! Posts like this really help start the process. Thanks.

  2. As much as I wish I could, I just cannot be too worried about calories or glycemic index during the holidays. However, this looks really good and a nice light counterpoint to the heavy dishes that crowd the table at Thanksgiving.

  3. Great veggie and side room for the meat!

  4. Lydia, I'm always trying to plan ahead more myself, good luck!

    Deborah, I absolutely don't think you should worry about it if you don't feel you need to! I'm just trying to provide options for people no matter how careful they want to be.

    Peter, thanks. I do think a little turkey is essential, but I could make a meal of Thanksgiving veggies for sure.

  5. Hey, I don't even celebrate Thanksgiving, but that's not going to stop me making those yummy green beans with pine nuts and Parmesan!

  6. yumm, yumm, yummy all shall i say asquared!

  7. These look like delicious recipes. Are you adding more for this year? I appreciate the low glycemic index recipes for people who have diabetes.

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  8. Yes, I am planning to do more South Beach Diet friendly recipes this year, starting sometime in early November.

  9. I would just like to say Thank You for your site. I have been on the South Beach Diet Since Feb and all the recipes are getting old. So I was looking for something for Christmas dinner. Thanks again.

  10. Jan, you're welcome. Hope you will find some dishes that will become favorites!


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