Our Thanksgiving Plate

26 Nov
by Francine

A photo of our Thanksgiving(This hugely portioned plate is my brother’s.)

This year Luke (brother) took the lead on our Thanksgiving feast and we did many things differently.  We skipped the turkey and we made everything gluten and dairy free (due to the dietary requirements of the chef, Mom, Grandma and I).

  • Instead of turkey we had roasted pork shoulder with an onion and apple gravy (because of the pectin in the apples, the gravy didn’t need a thickening agent). This was the unanimous favorite of our Thanksgiving meal.
  • We had roasted and mashed sweet potatoes with a coconut and ginger sauce mixed in.
  • The corn muffins had a touch of sage, which I dried back in September.
  • Quinoa with roasted vegetables somewhat took the place of the stuffing.
  • We kicked up the cranberry sauce with ginger and orange…boy was it tasty and tangy!
  • For dessert (not pictured) we had a pumpkin crisp. Dad roasted and pureed a pumpkin leftover from our autumn decor. The pumpkin puree was mixed with the usual spices and topped with oats, nuts, cinnamon and coconut oil. I made coconut whipped topping—I did this by emptying a can of coconut milk into a cold bowl, then I whipped until thick with the electric mixer.  It turned out just like whipped cream made from whipping cream…it’s cool to know there’s a just-as-good dairy free alternative to something so tasty.

Did you enjoy a traditional feast this Thanksgiving or mix it up? Did you have to consider any special diets when you planned your meal?

Thanksgiving is all about a good meal and a thankful heart. I hope you enjoyed both this year with your loved ones!

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3 Responses to “Our Thanksgiving Plate”

  1. estariol217 November 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    With pork that tasty, we might skip the Turkey every year!

  2. Rachel December 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    WOW, this all sounds so amazing!! I love that it’s gluten & dairy-free. Francine…you might need to give me some recipes!!!

    • realocalcooking December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      Of course! I love sending recipes to people…just ask my brother.

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