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!
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!
I got a flu shot yesterday…not feeling the best today. What’s up with that? 🙁