Tuesday, November 04, 2008

More Low-Glycemic Holiday Recipes for a South Beach Diet Friendly Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey
(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.

Food-centered holidays like Thanksgiving can be challenging if you're watching what you eat, whether to lose weight or because of health concerns. For the last two Novembers I've had fun collecting Thanksgiving Recipes for dishes that were low-glycemic enough for the South Beach Diet and still tasty enough to be holiday fare. This year I'll be featuring low-glycemic Thanksgiving ideas again during November.

I'll be following my personal philosophy that it's okay to indulge in one or two *must have* foods for a holiday meal, if you make diet-friendly choices for most of the menu, so some of my Thanksgiving recipes will be "once in a while treats" for the South Beach Diet. Mostly though, I'll concentrate on recipes that follow South Beach recommendations for low glycemic foods, complex carbs, and limiting saturated fat.

(I'll be adding recipes to this list all through November, so check back if you're looking for menu ideas.)

Earlier Thanksgiving Recipes from Kalyn's Kitchen:

A collection of recipes from 2007: Low-Glycemic Holiday Recipes for a South Beach Diet Friendly Thanksgiving

A collection of recipes from 2006: A South Beach Diet Thanksgiving: Menu Options from Kalyn and Her Friends

New Thanksgiving Vegetable Ideas from 2008:

New Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas from 2008:

New Thanksgiving Salad Ideas from 2008:

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas from Kalyn:

Kalyn's Thoughts on Turkey and Making Gravy:
Of course turkey is a perfect South Beach Diet food! For the last two years I've used Mom's Roast Turkey Recipe from my friend Elise's fabulous blog, Simply Recipes, rubbing the turkey with olive oil. Why reinvent the wheel when this recipe turns out perfect, flavorful, and moist turkey every time? I highly recommend Elise's mom's recipe.

If cooking a whole turkey is a bit much for you, here is how to cook a turkey breast in the crockpot, an experiment that was so successful it made me wonder why I haven't done this before! There are also instructions there for using the liquid from the turkey to make South Beach Diet friendly gravy.

Personally I think it's hard to make really good turkey gravy without some help in the flavor department. I've tried different types of turkey flavor base, but I'm convinced that Penzey's Turkey Soup Base has the best flavor. If you go to that post, you'll also find other tips for gravy.

More Holiday Recipe Ideas:
For ideas for every holiday, check the South Beach Diet Friendly Holiday Recipes section in the recipe archives.
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  1. Mmm... now mashed cauliflower with cheese and dill would make everyone at my Thanksgiving table happy.

  2. Love the spinach with parmesan -- and a few other things on your list that might just find their way to my holiday table. Thanks!

  3. These sound SO good! Low-glycemic or not, I love Thanksgiving side dishes. I don't really even need the turkey! I can't wait to try your butternut squash recipe. I've also been wanting to try mashed cauliflower, maybe even with my new immersion blender!

  4. Thank you so very much for making these recipies. Finding good tasting low-glycemic index recipies has not been easy for me.

  5. Thanks for creating such a comprehensive site. I am planning a Thanksgiving menu for a friend on a low-glycemic diet and your site has given me several interesting jumping-off points. Keep up the good work!

  6. Great recipes - and you've just reminded me I haven't yet made that yummy mashed cauliflower...


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