I have never partaken in a traditional What-I-Ate-In-A-Day WIAW. The only ones I’ve done are wordless and/or photo-dumps. Lazy Susan up in here. Well, no longer! I still need to recap Thanksgiving and Jenn made the nifty graphic below that fits my needs perfectly. How can I not partake in this week’s What I Ate on Thanksgiving Wednesday?!
For those who have struggled/are struggling with disordered eating, Thanksgiving can be a nightmare. And last year, while I had fun at the beginning of the day, it did not end too well and I spent the following days hating on and being really mean to myself. But I know with 100% certainty that I am in a better place this year, and so I went into Thanksgiving 2012 with a positive attitude. I completed part of a spin class and some strength training when I woke up, then proceeded to spend the morning doing what I traditionally do on Turkey Day – sitting on my butt, drinking coffee, watching the parade, and scouting out Black Friday deals.
My delightfully lazy morning flew by and before I knew it, it was time to get ready and head over to the home of our family friends the Gerbers; that’s where we spent the holiday last year too!
I was totally ready to chow down when we arrived! And there were SO many different wines. I definitely switched it up throughout the afternoon/evening. I started with a Chilean Cabernet. Later, Chianti and Chardonnay were consumed (not together…)
Before and after dinner, I also sipped on some Disaronno, a new-to-me Italian liqueur It’s flavored with herbs and fruits, and soaked in apricot kernel oil. SO FREAKING GOOD. I give props to my ex, Joe, for contributing this stuff to the meal.
Where were we? Oh yeah. Libations!
And I DID mention apps, right?
We “kids” did the chatting while the parents did the work. I never really cook at all so what will happen on the day I have to do my entire Thanksgiving dinner?! I know what will happen, no one will show up.
Do not ask me how we cooked our turkey, because I have no clue! Last year we had one from the oven and one deep-fried, but this year it was just in the oven. That is all I know.
Turkey is good and all but on Thanksgiving, I prefer sides. I know many of you are on the same team as me.
Meg’s cousin (also named Meg) was joining us from NYC since her family lives all the way in Michigan. She is vegan so we had an arrangement of butter-free sides for her. I enjoyed them too!
Butter-free mashed taters were also available, but we all know what those look like and I didn’t want any, so not photo.
We went around the table and said what we were thankful for, and this is the first year I can remember being actually moved by that “routine” and putting real thought into it when it was my turn. I blame Heather for turning me into a sap.
I chose to share that I am thankful to have parents and siblings I can truly call my best friends, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to live out my passions every day. Ain’t it the truth! Dinner was relaxing and everyone went back for seconds. I was quite full upon finishing my meal and wasn’t alone, so some of us settled in to watch “Magic Mike” (or half-watch, I was already getting exhausted and it was 6PM) while our stomachs made room for dessert (and Disaronno).
Yup, fantastic dessert spread. My tooth leans more toward savory than sweet but I had seconds of dessert. Total food baby afterward but I was not having too hard of a time focusing on the family and friends surrounding me, the memories we were making with each passing second, and the growth and strength I was exhibiting by not being TOO food-focused on Thanksgiving. Yes I thought a lot about how much I ate and how full I felt, but I also was able to effectively talk back to myself and try to respond to each negative thought with a kind one.
I had at least one taste of each dessert! And have been enjoying the leftovers of both sweet and savory Thanksgiving food ever since. It makes the holiday feel like it isn’t going to end!
I saved my favorite veggie side for last…my mom’s Zesty Carrots! I wanted to end this post with the recipe because this is such a unique, not necessarily Thanksgiving-like side that can be made any time of year!
- If using baby carrots (as my mom did above): 1.5 lbs (about 1.5 bags) chopped baby carrots
- If using regular carrots: 7 medium-sized carrots scraped and cut into strips, approx 2.5 x .25 inches
- 1/2 cup of light mayo
- 2 heaping tablespoons of horseradish sauce
- 2 heaping tablespoons of grated or finely chopped onion
- Salt and pepper to taste (recommended about 1/4 teaspoon each)
- 1/4 cup of very fine breadcrumbs (optional if you want a topping)
- 1 tablespoon of light butter (optional if you want a topping)
- Paprika to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F)
- Cook carrots in boiling water about 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain and place in large bowl.
- Combine mayo, horseradish sauce, onion, salt, and pepper in bowl with carrots. Mix until well-coated.
- Arrange coated carrots in casserole dish.
- If using breadcrumb/butter topping, melt butter and stir in bread crumbs. Spread mixture over top of casserole and sprinkle with some paprika.
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes…and enjoy! (Can be served cold or hot)
Which part of my Thanksgiving would you have picked first for your plate?
Did you try any non-traditional Thanksgiving food this year?
What’d you do on Thursday, 11/22/12 if you do not celebrate Turkey Day?