By Rose Kaplan, “virtual intern:”
It’s November. There’s a cool, crisp feel to the air, and the sound of crunching leaves underfoot., It means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’ve entered a new season all its own: Holiday Season!
Many people find trying to eat a balanced diet at this time of year stressful. Eating one big holiday meal after another sometimes leaves us feeling a little bit guilty. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Lightening up your holiday season can be done so easily, you won’t even taste the difference. How might you ask? With vegetables! Set up your Thanksgiving and holiday arsenal with recipes loaded with veggies. One of my favorite things to do? Start any holiday meal with a vegetable soup. Loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and typically low in calories, you’ll fill up on something really delicious and healthy. You still get to enjoy the rest of your holiday meal, but with a dose of moderation.
At your holiday dinner, make sure all your side dishes are vegetable based, and you’ll have nothing to worry about. The Veggie Queen has a myriad of recipes for soups and salads that will go perfectly with your Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. Check out some suggestions below. Seasons eatings everybody! (The recipes are from The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment cookbook or website, which you are on)
Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
Curried Squash and Pear Soup
Side Dishes and Salads
Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms
Asparagus with Honey Mustard Dressing or do the same with in-season broccoli or cauliflower
Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Szechuan Eggplant Roll-Ups
Spiced Sweet Potato Pie
Spiced Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Muffins