Tips for a Healthier Holiday and Thanksgiving Recipe ideas
As Thanksgiving approaches, there are thoughts of family, friends and feasting on those treasured holiday dishes. However, many want to enjoy the delicious flavors of the day without the guilt of splurging on a traditional meal heavy in fat and calories.
Our general manager, Nora Gomez shares her thoughts on a healthier holiday season. She suggests you consider some lighter Thanksgiving options including a variety of roasted winter vegetables as side dishes in addition to the usual favorites. Having seasonal vegetables simply prepared and dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and zest are great alternatives to heavier sides.
Some other tips to stay on track would be; a good night sleep the night before, eating a healthy breakfast, staying hydrated, taking a pre-Thanksgiving walk or run and moving again after dinner. There are fun ways to keep the family fit – Enroll in community Turkey Trots which are a great way to start your morning together before enjoying a big meal.
Thanksgiving Recipe - Pumpkin Bisque
½ large onion chopped
2-4 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
½ cup apple cider
1 can prepared pumpkin (30 oz)
¼ cup real maple syrup
1 TBL minced fresh ginger
¼ TEAS ground cinnamon
1 ½ - 2 cups light cream or low fat milk
In a small amount of butter or oil sweat the onions until soft and translucent.
Add the minced ginger and cook until fragrant. This will take about 30-60 seconds.
Add stock and then mix in prepared pumpkin, apple cider, maple syrup and cinnamon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat and mix soup. It will be quite thick but you can add more chicken stock so that you can thin the base out to your liking. It just depends on how you like your bisque!
When the flavors have combined, whisk in the light cream until combined.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Westport Inn!