I used to say New Years Eve was my favorite holiday. During my “early adulthood”, I was a big party animal. I used to not require sleep and could party hardy day after day. Now, not so much. At the ripe age of 27, my body rebels against and minor upset in my routine and I pay for it…for days. My body aches if I don’t get enough sleep…what’s up with that?
Now, I don’t know what my favorite holiday is…but I’m leaning towards Thanksgiving.
Christmas is great, but sometimes the stress of shopping and finding the “perfect gift” can get to a woman! Other than my brother, I find EVERYONE in my life difficult to buy for. I guess this means we are blessed and I shouldn’t complain, but come December 20-something when I’m roaming the malls aimlessly and rid of any great gift ideas, I need to remind myself of this.
Valentine’s Day is okay. Mr. Prevention lacks in the romance department, so there’s nothing really out of the ordinary that goes down on Valentine’s Day. We may have dinner out, but usually not…crowds of crazy romantics on cold winter nights – meh. I may choose our every night routine of me in the kitchen and him in the recliner over that.
Labor Day and Memorial Day are cool. I like cookouts, beer, and friends. But in healthcare, things have transitioned to “paid time off (PTO)” versus “holidays”, so these holidays (and others) are never “freebees”.
The 4th of July is alright, but it’s 2 days after my birthday and I’m not in love with fireworks, so…definitely not my favorite.
That pretty much leaves Thanksgiving, which is centered around food and family — nothing better than that. Because my family is in Chicago and Mr. Prevention’s is in Champaign, we generally travel to both destinations to see the grandparents, family, and friends. This also means I am away from my kitchen and subsequently, not involved in cooking the Thanksgiving meals. For a person like me, this is sad.
I’ve decided to try various Thanksgiving recipes leading up to the big day. That way, I can enjoy the cooking surrounding the holiday and provide you, dear readers, with healthy recipes to include at your Thanksgiving feasts.
This recipe comes from the What’s Cooking Blogger’s Choice Recipe Swap. I was assigned Ashley’s blog, Cheese Curd in Paradise (um, could there be a cuter blog name?). While it was hard to choose, I went back over a year to choose a Thanksgiving-ish recipe. Ashley had chosen this recipe during last year’s recipe swap in preparation of Thanksgiving and so I knew it would be great. So many bold flavors and they just work in perfect harmony. These are simple to make and will start one serious holiday party of taste in your mouth. Thanks, Ashley!
Sweet Potato Coins with Gorgonzola and Bacon adapted from Cheese Curds and Paradise and originally, The Jey of Cooking
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 sweet potatoes, washed and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
ground black pepper
3 slices nitrate-free bacon, cooked and chopped
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp chives, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
Whisk together orange juice and brown sugar, add sweet potato coins and toss to coat. Remove from bowl and place on baking sheet. Seasoning with black pepper. Bake for 60 minutes, flipping rounds half way through.
Remove from oven and transfer rounds to a serving platter.While potatoes are cooling a bit, mix yogurt and gorgonzola in a small bowl. Gently spoon mixture onto potatoes. Top with bacon and chives.
Yield: 14 coins
Nutrition Information (per coin): 48 calories; 1.5 g. fat; 4 mg. cholesterol; 78 mg. sodium; 7,.1 g. carbohydrate; 0.93 g. fiber; 1,6 g. protein
Result: These flavors…work! So, so good! The potatoes turned out perfectly — just be sure to cut them about 1/2 inch thick so they hold up well. You can sub in blue cheese and green onions just as Ashley did…I simply used what I had on hand. If I were serving Thanksgiving, these would definitely be on the appetizer menu! I could also make a meal of them…addicting![/print_this]
I got a flu shot yesterday…not feeling the best today. What’s up with that? 🙁
I would have never thought to combine these flavors together. I think I might try these out as appetizers for Thanksgiving.
I got my flu shot last week and was not feeling well the next day either! I was talking with a co-worker beforehand and we both commented that we’d never had that problem, and the people who said that were making it up, their immune system must’ve been lowered before they got their shot, etc. Sure enough, Saturday I felt pretty awful! I even took a two hour nap – which never happens! Hope I’m good for the year though! Happy Friday!
Thanksgiving is a great choice. It’s my favorite non-Christian holiday. Gotta love a holiday centered around food! Those sweet potatoes are gorgeous! They sound absolutely delicious.
I love that you called your husband out for not being romantic on Valentine’s Day – Jake is the same way! These look like awesome appetizers for holiday parties!
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite but like you, we are always travelling so I don’t do much cooking-I LOVE your idea of making Thanksgiving like dishes now-I’m totally doing that starting next week! As for these cute little bites-they look wonderful! I prefer savory sweet potato recipes so this is right up my alley!
Everything about this recipe is beautiful. I must bookmark…
I’ve always thought New Year’s Eve is overrated. You end up paying more to do the same stuff you normally do on a Saturday night.
I used to like thanksgiving even though no one I know makes a good turkey. But lately my family has been kind of drifting apart at that holiday. This year was so pathetic it was just me, Matt, my dad, and my grandmother (I made squash gnocchi because I dan’t cook turkey either). Not that I’m bitter or anything o_O. K, maybe a little.
I hope you feel better!!
How pretty are these?!?! They would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving menu!
These look amazing!! Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!
These look sinfully delicious and I love that you substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream. That’s one of my favorite ways to easily cut calories yet maintain a creamy, delicious texture. I made this recipe in the past and loved it as well!
Also, please let me know how you like the Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts if you try them. You’re right that they’re the perfect way to use up that last bit of leftover pumpkin!
This has appetizer written all over it!
I love the flavors in this! And you can’t ever go wrong with Gorgonzola.
I am with you! Thanksgiving is one of my fav holidays too!
Those sweet potato coins are super-cute! I could see these as classy appetizers.
I like Thanksgiving, too — it’s the start of the holiday season, and I always look forward to a little time off. Btw, let me know when you’re in Champaign if you can (I totally understand if you’re busy with family!) 😀
Definitely for the holidays we’ll be there. We will have to meet up for sure!!
This is my kind of appetizer! Love the flavors going on here. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays; this year it falls on my birthday so I’ll enjoy it even more than usual. Great post!
I’m slightly (read majorly) addicted to sweet potatoes, so this is a no brainer for our meal plan. This looks like it would be great to snack on during a playoff game!
Sweet potato coins are perfect for Halloween too. I used to make them with black bean dip on top.
Wow-just wow! Looks sooooo yummy and perfect for an appetizer for my best friend’s birthday party!