Monday, November 02, 2009

Low-Glycemic Holiday Recipe Ideas for a South Beach Diet Thanksgiving 2009

Spaghetti Squash and Chard GratinSpaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin
would make a great Thanksgiving side dish!

(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.

Thanksgiving 2009 is the fourth year I've published a collection of low-glycemic holiday recipe ideas. Of course, these recipes are suitable for people on the South Beach Diet or anyone following a low-glycemic way of eating to control diabetes, insulin resistance disorder, or other health concerns, but they're also tasty choices even if you're not following any kind of special diet! This year I'm starting the countdown to Thanksgiving with this list of recipes from 2009 that I think you might like for Thanksgiving, as well as links to the recipe round-ups from Thanksgiving 2006, Thanksgiving 2007, and Thanksgiving 2008. (As more Thanksgiving recipes are posted during November, those links and photos will be added to this post. There's also a master list of Thanksgiving Recipes.)

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

Low-Glycemic Thanksgiving Recipe Collections:
South-Beach Diet friendly Thanksgiving recipes from 2006
South-Beach Diet friendly Thanksgiving recipes from 2007
South-Beach Diet friendly Thanksgiving recipes from 2008

New Salad Ideas for Thanksgiving 2009

I don't think you could go wrong with this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill for Thanksgiving dinner. If you can't find strawberries, you could use blueberries or even dried cranberries.

This Warm or Cold Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Peppers, Capers, and Basil Dressing would be another salad option for Thanksgiving.

New Vegetable Ideas for Thanksgiving 2009

Green beans are a classic Thanksgiving vegetable, but Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan are a delicious new twist on green beans.

Anyone who likes mushrooms would enjoy Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic, Thyme, and Balsamic Vinegar for a Thanksgiving vegetable option.

My family has a lot of onion fans, so I'm pretty sure this Onion Gratin with Rosemary and Thyme would be a hit.

Or maybe they'd rather have these Marinated and Roasted Vidalia Onion Rings with Parmesan. (You can use any type of sweet onions if you can't find Vidalias at Thanksgiving.

I noticed some asparagus at Costco recently, so I'm thinking maybe Pan-fried Asparagus Tips with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest would be a hit at Thanksgiving.

If your family likes cauliflower, how about Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan for a Thanksgiving vegetable?

This recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans was such a hit, I made it two ways. This is the version without Gorgonzola cheese.

This is the Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pecans with Gorgonzola Cheese, positively a brilliant combination!

Another Brussels Sprouts option is the Shredded and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds and Parmesan. (I ate the whole dish for lunch the day I tested the recipe!)

New Side Dish Ideas for Thanksgiving 2009

This Wild Rice with Sausage and Mushrooms could be used as a stuffing option, with or without some added bread, or you could serve it as a Thanksgiving side dish.

Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin would be great for a Thanksgiving side dish.

When I posted the recipe, I predicted that Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds might turn out to be my favorite new Thanksgiving recipe of 2009, that's how much I liked it!

I'm calling Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms with Thyme a side dish instead of a vegetable, because to me it seems like carrots should be classified with the starchier options.

I bookmarked this recipe from last Thanksgiving, and Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese was just as good as I thought it would be.

New Dessert Ideas for Thanksgiving 2009

This Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie takes the best ideas from pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake and combines them into one!

I was thinking of Thanksgiving when I tried this recipe for Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Apple-Pear Cake with Cinnamon and Pecans.

This Low Sugar Flourless Apple Crisp made with Olive Oil would be a healthy dessert option for Thanksgiving.

Check Back for More Thanksgiving Ideas!
All during November I'll be sharing new low-glycemic recipe ideas for Thanksgiving 2009, (and adding them to this post) so bookmark this page and check back during the month as you're debating what should be on the menu at your house!
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  1. Great ideas, Kalyn! Last year, when you mentioned planning your Thanksgiving coverage (when we were at BlogHer), it really struck me -- I hadn't really planned ahead for blogging like that before ... now I do. Thanks so much for that little nudge. My Thanksgiving content starts in a week :)

  2. I'm glad you posted the spaghetti squash - chard gratin photo again. I've got some of both on hand, and would love to try these two together.

  3. Such a great roundup. Will be referring to this for sure and I'm sure it will be helpful for lots of people!

  4. I saw the swiss chard/spaghetti squash recipes yesterday while idly browsing your site. Just finished eating a piece(ok, ok, I admit I had two!) and I just have to say, "WOW....that's some taste stuff"! I love most winter squashes & I grew chard in my garden this spring......the green is practically indestructible & better after a light frost.
    Thanks for a wonderful food blog. There's enough great phase 1 food to stay on it a looooong time!

  5. The recipes look great. Thanks for the ideas.

  6. oh thank you so much. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic and have to admit I've been a little bummed about the upcoming holiday season.. but not anymore. I have completely come to depend on your blog and your recipes...again, thank you so much.


  7. Sarah, good idea. (And I'm writing about Thanksgiving for BlogHer, so if people wait too long, I'll never find their posts.)

    TW, it's so good! I think we're a couple of chard fans.

    Maggie, thanks. I hope so!

    Gappy, glad you liked it!

    ER, you're welcome.

    Daniela, thanks so much. I don't say much about diabetes because I don't feel qualified to make recommendations for it, but I know that watching the glycemic index of your food is one way to manage it. Hope the blog is helful.

  8. I guess I have a bit of an advantage on the "Thanksgiving" posts since I am a canadian. That said, I am not nearly as organized as you guys.

  9. we are diabetic in the family so this recipe is definitely a "must"!! thanks for sharing Kalyn!!

  10. This looks so great - I'll be adding it to my Thanksgiving table. I have several vegetarians in my family and am always looking for flavorful unique veggie dishes for the holidays. Your blog never fails to inspire me!

    Once again, thanks for your fabulous, healthy recipes!


  11. I made the spaghetti squash recipe and loved it. But my poor taste buds kept thinking: where is the brown sugar as I usually put brown sugar and butter on squash ... I know, bad :)

    seriously, great recipe, and filling!


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