by Ashley Nanney, Professional & Boutique Chef
What if this year, Thanksgiving dinner left you feeling relaxed and energized? Just thinking about a delicious Thanksgiving feast makes my mouth water. It’s brilliant really. The savory flavors of fall balanced perfectly with sweet soul soothing desserts.
From a culinary perspective, its the perfect storm. From our bodies perspective, I have to admit, it is a little less perfect.
According to Nutritiondata.self.com, many of our thanksgiving favorites may be increasing inflammation in our system and leaving us feeling tired, and inflamed. The increased stress (good and bad) many people feel around the holidays, also contributes to the problem by increasing our cortisol levels. The combination leaves us feeling a little sick and tired.
Don’t worry, I am not about to take your Thanksgiving away! By making a few shifts in your holiday meal preparation, you can enjoy the flavors of your holiday favorites, and actually decrease the inflammation in your body!
Consider switching your inflammatory mashed potatoes to a delicious mashed cauliflower. I know what you might be thinking, but trust me. We trick even the pickiest of pallets with this recipe. It is creamy, delicious and it is anti-inflammatory.
- 1 head fresh cauliflower
- 4 cups chicken stock (this is the trick to delicious flavor)
- ¼ tsp white pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed (or to taste)
- Clarified Butter to taste (if dairy is not an issue for you, feel free to substitute butter)
- Cut cauliflower head into smaller chunks of the florets and stem.
- Place cauliflower and chicken stock in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover, allowing to cook for 20 minutes or so until the cauliflower is very tender and easily mashed.
- “Mash” in food processor with butter, white pepper and garlic. Be sure not to over process. I think leaving them a little lumpy adds character;)
Inspired, try Google searching “Paleo” recipes for your holiday favorites and you will find a wealth of options. (See our menu below for inspiration). Not feeling it this year?
Let Feed Your Vitality do the work for you by preparing your favorite side dishes or the entire feast using healthier options. No work, no stress. For only $199 (plus tax) you can feed ten people an entire feast.
THANKSGIVING 2012 MENU
A Delicious Feast For Family & Friends Ready To Heat & Enjoy!
Pick-Up Or Delivery*
Wednesday, November 21st 2012
COMPLETE PALEO THANKSGIVING DINNER
ROASTED TURKEY BREAST Perfectly seasoned & sliced
SWEET POTATO PECAN SOUFFLE
FRESH CRANBERRY COMPOTE
GARLIC CAULIFLOWER MASHED “POTATOES”
SOUTHERN STYLE GREEN BEANS
1 each of the following
WALNUT CRUSTED PUMPKIN PIE
LIVING APPLE PIE
$199 (serves 10)
All menu items are hand crafted in small batches from the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Ready to heat & serve. Simple & Delicious!
*$10 Delivery Fee Greater St. Louis Area
A La Carte: Items Can Be Ordered Individually Or Added To Complete Thanksgiving Dinner.
$16 per lb. Roasted Turkey
SIDES (Serve 4-6)
$12 Sweet Potato Pecan Souffle
$16 Fresh Cranberry Compote
$16 Southern Style Green Beans
$18 Roasted Seasoned Brussel Sprouts
$16 Holiday Salad w/ Dried Fruit & Nuts
$12 Spinach Salad w/ Bacon Vinaigrette
$18 Roasted Root Vegetables
$12 Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes
$10 Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”
$20 Living Apple Pie (serves 8)
$20 Walnut Pumpkin Pie (serves 8)
Orders accepted through 10am Monday November 19th, 2012
Pick Up & Deliveries Wednesday November 21st, 2012
Feed Your Vitality, LLC
800 N. Tucker Blvd, Suite 412A St. Louis Mo. 63101