Every year the holidays become more and more special and meaningful to me. This year I do not have to work on Thanksgiving and I am very excited to spend the day in the kitchen with my mom and sisters! My mom is such a wonderful cook and I love learning from her.
When I was home this weekend, my mom asked my sister and me to help her plan the Thanksgiving Dinner menu. I was asked if the creamed onions had to be made healthy. I was shocked by this question. Why you ask? Creamed onions are a staple to my family’s holiday meal. To me, the creamed onions remind me of my mom mom, who has since passed. She was a wonderful cook and she worked so hard in the kitchen to make the holidays perfect for my family (+20 people). She is a huge reason why my family is so strong and why we love the holidays. So why am I telling you all of this?
Well for one, I am not too sure that “healthy” creamed onions would taste very good. Also, I am about to share a couple healthy holiday desserts and before I do so, I want to make one thing clear. It is important to enjoy the holidays and make the traditional foods that are meaningful for you and your family. Yes, there is always an opportunity to make dishes healthier. For example use 2% milk (or even whole milk) instead of heavy cream. Bake or roast vegetables. Cut the amount of sugar by half in pies and desserts. Make sure to wisely choose the dish or dishes that you want to make healthier. When in doubt, add an extra dish to the menu that is healthy. I bet it will be a hit! But really, do not mess with your family’s traditional foods… or the creamed onions!
Here are two apple desserts to try this Thanksgiving! If you have questions about your upcoming Thanksgiving menu, comment below and I will respond with my recommendations!
I am a registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist, foodie, fitness enthusiast, traveler and runner, living in the city of brotherly love. I have a passion for cooking and sharing delicious, healthful food. I enjoy working with clients to help them achieve their health and nutrition goals.