Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving food’

Thanksgiving Recipes From Today and Yesteryear

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Happy Thanksgiving week!

As we prepare to stuff ourselves and reflect on our nation’s history, how about taking a quick hop back to the first American cookbook? At the Library of Congress website, you can see a recipe for the original American pumpkin pie.

It calls for a quart of milk, a pint of pumpkin and four eggs. Spice it up with molasses, allspice and ginger, and pop it in the oven for an hour. Yum.

Jet-setting back to today, we’ve got some modern-day Thanksgiving recipes for you, with a healthy slant. To start, we just added these two scrumptious delights to our holiday collection:

And here are three more for your palate’s pleasure:

Plus, a bonus: A colleague of mine, Piper Evans, sent me one of her favorite easy Thanksgiving recipes. She’s  a consultant for the Silver Century Foundation, an organization that promotes positive, proactive aging.

To add a little nutrition to a devil’s food cake, mix in a can of pure pumpkin. “Nothing else! Really!” she says. Bake the batter in oil-sprayed muffin tins at 400 F until done, 20 to 25 minutes.

What’s your favorite quick Thanksgiving recipe?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

A Pumpkin Recipe a Day Till Thanksgiving–and Beyond!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

If you didn’t get your fill of pumpkin last month, now’s your chance.

We’ve found 19 yummy, fun and healthy pumpkin recipes. There are 16 days until Thanksgiving. That means, you can chow down on a different preparation of this sweet, meaty delight through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and even I can’t-eat-one-more-bite-of-turkey day.

The recipes include Pumpkin Spice Granola, Colonial Stewed Pumpkin, Baked Pumpkin Pasta and a couple of somewhat lightened-up pumpkin cheesecake recipes. Yum.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

A Cranberry Extravaganza (and Why to Smash Them on the Floor)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

True or false: the best cranberries are bright red.

Answer: false! According to this week’s featured article, by registered dietitian Linda Yerardi:

They come in many shades of red, so color isn’t a reliable indicator of age or freshness.

But the freshest once may bounce. So there’s that.

Learn cranberry health facts, ideas for using them and even a bit of history in our berry special holiday feature. (Can you really blame me?) Plus, here’s a dressing recipe that features the red delights.

Have you made a dish with fresh cranberries this year? How did it turn out?

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

Thanksgiving Safety and the Glories of Store-Bought Cookie Dough

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Can you believe it? Store-bought cookie dough contains pasteurized eggs, so it should be free of salmonella, says registered dietitian D. Milton Stokes in one of this week’s short featured articles. Add that to your “thankful for” list this Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving and food safety … how ’bout them leftovers? How long do you leave them out? All afternoon? All day? Stokes says two hours should be tops. Otherwise, you might have some rather unmerry family members over the weekend. For more food-safety tips, check out our other featured article, “How to Avoid Food Poisoning: 6 Tips.” And then, have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Thanksgiving Pies: The Healthiest Sugary Picks

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

If you want to pick one of the healthiest pies this Thanksgiving, go for the blueberry, says registered dietitian Carol M. Bareuther. It’s got antioxidants galore.

Another good one? Pumpkin. It boasts fewer calories than many, and one slice has up to half of the daily recommendation for vitamin A.

One of the worst is yummy old chocolate, with high saturated fat and calories. But it’s also high in taste value, I gotta say.

Find all the fun facts in this week’s featured article, “Pie Nutrition: How to Pick a Healthy Slice,” where you’ll also learn how to lighten up your coconut cream pie, and why cherry pie may help your jet lag. (I said might.)

Are you planning on some pie eatin’ this Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Thanksgiving, Turkey, Triptophan and Drowsiness

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H

Sorry, eating that turkey on Thanksgiving does not cause after-meal drowsiness, at least according to the new view that has emerged in the past few years.  At emedicinehealth.com and other places, the consensus is there is not enough triptophan in turkey and it must be taken on an empty stomach (fat chance, huh) to put you to sleep.

Pork, chicken and cheese also contain the unjustly maligned somnolent triptophan, but they never get blamed.

Probably it is that heavy meal, in general, that is the real culprit.  I’ll dig into it a little deeper after my nap.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

(and to all a good night)

Will your holiday guests have allergies or asthma? Here are some tips for a happy, allergy-free holiday.

Friday, November 14th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Your mother-in-law is coming to visit and she’s ALLERGIC TO YOUR CAT?  Potential disaster on the horizon.  Alleviate situation like this by following some simple tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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