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Healthy Holiday Meal Fit for a Child!

Posted Nov 10 2011 9:29am

Holiday meals, like Thanksgiving, can be filled with delicious and healthy food that your kids will actually eat. My kids are famous for passing up all the main dishes, and piling their plates with potato chips and cookies when we are at family parties. But, we’ve found some foods that the kids like and over the last few years have become more adventurous about choosing healthier foods.

First, I believe there are three principles to preparing a healthy holiday meal!

  1. Focus on fruits and vegetables
  2. Fresh is always best
  3. Watch portion sizes

Keeping these basic principles in mind can guide you as you prepare dishes that everyone will enjoy.

I’ve been asked to share our Thanksgiving menu for Blog Talk Radio tomorrow morning ! Details about the show are at , and it’s at 12ET. I hope you’ll tune in Friday morning while I share these meals!

thanksgiving dinner

  • Veggie tray with dips
  • Nut tray
turkey2 pamelas gluten free corn bread


Shelton’s Free range turkey! This turkey turned out amazing!  Truly the best one I’ve made to date.  The key to a perfect turkey for me is using a timed thermometer. There is truly no other way to have your turkey perfectly moist and not overcooked.  No amount of brining, marinating, soaking, etc. has ever worked as well as using a meat thermometer with a timer.   For seasoning, I used sage, thyme, and slathered with a little mayo to keep the juices in. Bonus: The Sheltons turkeys were also tested and approved by Kid Kritics!

Corn Bread

Pamela’s gluten free corn bread mix.   I’ve never met a gluten free product I liked until this one.  My husband..biggest critic of all,, thought it was amazing!  We used the corn bread mix and the recipe on the package.

This corn bread was also given the seal of approval by official kid kritics (as well as my own kid critics!)

mashed sweet potatoes
Sweet Mashed potatoes

Fresh Green Beans (so much better than canned!)
1-3 lbs fresh green beans (with tips trimmed off)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to tasteBoil green beans in water for 5-7 minutes. Drain water. Add remaining ingredients and stir till combined.
wild rice stuffing spinach salad
Wild Rice Stuffing 

  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Cook celery and onion in olive oil.  Add cooked wild rice to pan.  Saute until thoroughly combined.
Season with salt and pepper

Spinach Salad
I’ve posted this spinach salad before, and it is still our favorite salad!  Recipe here.

cranberry sauce
Healthy Cranberry Sauce
( adapted from WH Foods )

  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries

Place OJ, ginger, and cinnamon in a sauce pan. Turn on medium heat until it reaches a boil.  Then add the package of cranberries.  Stir over heat for 10 minutes.

  • 1/2 cup honey

Stir until well combined.

  • Pumpkin

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Come back tomorrow to check out our appetizers and dessert!

Don’t forget to listen to the radio program Friday morning , , Noon eastern time.  A big thanks to Kid Kritics f or hooking us up with the Turkey and cornbread!

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