For everyone who has asked about the turducken… it was delicious. It was cajun spiced and super moist. Even the duck wasn’t too greasy (which is my usual complaint with duck) and super flavorful. I really enjoyed partaking in my first turducken experience and would definitely do it again.
I’m finally here to tell you about the four super simple and super delicious recipes I made for Christmas Day. First up on the menu, HEAB’s massaged spinach salad. A wonderful opportunity to pamper your spinach by slathering it in a nourishing blend of lemon, avocado, and miso, followed by a thorough and tender massage… and then to eat the crap out of it. I will definitely be making this again and again.
Next up, coconut oil sauteed brussels sprouts.
I started with 2 pounds of brussels and cut them all in half.
I then placed them cut side down into a pan of hot coconut oil until the oil was absorbed and the brussels were nice and brown and caramelized. Then I added a couple glugs of olive oil, stirred everything around, and added enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and about half a crumbled up veggie bullion cube. I let the steam take effect and once they the brussels were a brilliant green and slightly soft I removed them from the pan and transferred them to a serving dish.
My orange maple sweet potatoes were next up on the menu.
I started by baking a crap ton of sweet potatoes. I wanted to really preserve that sap flavor that only baking can bring out.
I reserved one skin to add to the dish, and I may or may not have eaten most of the rest of these. Okay, so yeah I totally did. Helllooooooooo fiber.
I then put the sweet potatoes in a bowl and began blending them with a hand mixer. I then added 2 tbsp maple syrup and 2 tbsp mango orange juice (thank you, C!)
I tore up that reserved skin into small pieces, added it to the mix, whipped everything a bit longer, and transferred to a serving dish.
That orange flavor really made the dish, and the slight mapleyness was an excellent complimentary flavor.
This one seriously wows the company. I call it peanut butter crustless pie because that sounds super fancy, and it has been hit among everyone I know who has tried it. I neglected to get a picture of my slice on Christmas (alongside a sliver of a cheesecake made with a Honey Bunches of Oats crust, OMG), so here is a picture of a piece I enjoyed yesterday.
And that, my friends, was my contribution to Christmas dinner! I actually made the pie and the sweet potatoes the night before to make it easier on myself, and the potatoes reheated wonderfully.
I went to Costco and two other grocery stores yesterday stocking up on veggies, fruit, fish, falafel balls, and other deliciously light and healthy items to help me get back on track this week. Holiday eating has been a blast, but my body is screaming for normalcy again! What is on your menu this week?