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Yummy Allergy-Free ~ Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

By: Caroline Sutherland

 

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, invite your friends and family to enjoy this delicious allergy-free meal. Look for more delicious recipes in The Body Knows Cookbook!
Roast Turkey:
Choose a 20 lb fresh turkey (organic if possible)
Pat dry with paper towel - inside and out.
Place a peeled onion in the cavity - this infuses the turkey juices with flavor.
Place in roasting pan
Coat bird generously with butter
Cut open a large heavy duty brown paper grocery bag (without lettering if possible)
Coat the entire bag on both sides with butter
Place bag lettering side up, over the turkey and tuck it in around the bird. This is a trick given to me years ago by my former mother-in-law and makes for a golden-brown, succulent bird, which does not require basting.
Place in a preheated oven 375 degrees. Be sure the bag does NOT touch the heat element.
As soon as you hear the turkey begin to sizzle, (about 15-20 minutes) lower the heat to 325 degrees and cook till done - use a meat thermometer to test. Usually 20 minutes to the pound.
Let cool 20 minutes, remove paper and slice.
Stuffing:
This recipe may be doubled.
I like to cook this stuffing in a separate covered dish because of the liquid involved.
2 cups Lundberg wild rice mixture - a combination of brown rice and wild rice
2 cups organic chicken broth
1 tsp salt
6 dried apricots cut into very small pieces
1/2 cup walnut pieces if desired
2 stalks chopped celery
1 chopped medium onion
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp poultry seasoning
Place rice, salt and chicken broth in a covered 2 quart casserole dish.
Saute onion and celery in butter, add poultry seasoning until vegetables are transparent and well coated with herbs.
Stir hot mixture into rice and broth.
Add apricot and walnut pieces
Place in oven and cook alongside turkey for 2 hours at 325 degrees.
Roasted veggies:
Choose: 1 yam, 1 sweet potato, 1/3 turnip, 2 carrots, 2 parsnips and 2 beets.
Peel veggies and cut into large chunks
Place in a flat baking dish
Now for the fun part:
Use room temperature butter. Use your bare hands and coat each vegetable piece with butter - about 4 tbsp for that amount of vegetables - possibly more. You can also use olive oil to coat the veggies with your bare hands too!
Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper.
Cook along side the turkey for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours until veggies are tender. Baste several times to keep from drying out.
Brussels Sprouts:
Broccoli works well too!
2 pounds of B. sprouts trimmed
1 sweet red bell pepper - chopped in small pieces
1/2 cup slivered almonds
When the turkey is cooked, steam sprouts in a double boiler or steamer - usually about 20 minutes. Add chopped red pepper and steam for the last 10 minutes.
Place in serving dish and garnish with slivered almonds.
Dessert -yes!
This recipe comes to me from Donna Gates, Hay House author of The Body Ecology Diet.
Lacanto Lemon Mousse:
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites - set aside
1/2 cup lemon juice OR lime juice
1 stick or 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup and 1 tbsp Lacanto
2 tbsp Lemon or Lime zest (fine grated rind)
Whisk whole eggs, egg yolks, Lacanto, lemon or lime juice and zest together.
Heat in a double boiler over medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture coats a stainless steel spoon - let cool for 1/2 hour.
Continue to stir occasionally.
In a glass bowl eat 3 egg whites until they form stiff peaks - set aside.
Gently fold hot mixture into the beaten egg whites - one spoonful at a time. Do not over mix.
Spoon dessert into parfait glasses and garnish with more zest.
Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Serves 6.
Lacanto is an all-natural sweetener from Japan which has zero calories, zero glycemic index, safe for diabetics, does not feed yeast or candida and is an easy-to use, one-on-one ratio with sugar. lacanto is recommended by the Japanese ministry of health for obesity and diabetes and is naturally derived from the Luo Han Guo fruit, native to Japan, and Erythritol, a sugar alcohol found in many fruits such as grapes and pears. Lacanto is perfect for cooking, baking and sprinkling on cereal or in herbal teas. Read more about Lacanto and Donna Gates and the Body Ecology philosophy at www.bodyecology.com
Presentation: Children love to be part of a celebration. Take the children outside to gather leaves, twigs and chestnuts, if you have them, from the yard or local park.
Spread them over the table. Use construction paper if you have it or ordinary white printer paper works well. Let the children express themselves with crayons and create individual place mats for each person. The older ones can make place cards.
Place a row of candles down the middle of the table.
Gather around, say grace and enjoy a fabulous meal that is "on the program."
Leftovers:
You bet! Turkey soup. Try my famous turkey soup recipe on page 27 of The Body Knows Cookbook.

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