Hey Friends! As you plan for your Holiday meals this year, I thought I would share some of my favorites. Yes… I have blogged on this topic every few years, so I have compiled and provided a commentary for you!
This post covers some of my favorite recipes. They include old family recipes and new recipes that we have incorporated into our family holiday meals and beyond!
Tasty and Good For You Holiday Recipes
Includes the following:
- One of my favorite cranberry recipes (Citrus Ginger Cranberries)
- Dad’s stuffing (yes… my dad!)
- Aunt Donna’s mashed potatoes (yes… my Aunt Donna!)
- Down Home Green Beans (I just made up that name to sound good, haha. It’s simple sauteed green beans)
- Candied Yams
- Tasty Kale (steamed kale with onions – simple and delicious and can be made a day ahead and reheated!)
- Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Cranberry Muffins with fresh cranberries!
RECIPES here: Tasty and Good For You Holiday Recipes
Cancer Fighting Cooking Class – Quick, Easy and Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving!
Three years ago I taught a cooking class during the holidays. Here are some of the recipes we used:
- Whipped sweet potatoes with apples (so tasty!)
- Homemade vinaigrette (don’t forget a fresh green salad as part of your meal)
- Carolina Caviar (a delicious appetizer/snack for when everyone is hungry but dinner’s not ready yet!)
- Homemade crockpot chili (We have this the night before thanksgiving. Perfect to have it cooking all day Wednesday while you’re prepping for Thursday!)
RECIPES here: Cancer Fighting Cooking Class – Quick, Easy and Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving!
Cancer Dietitian Thanksgiving Menu with Recipes
This is my menu with recipe links for the Thanksgiving I hosted 2 years ago.
Includes my very favorite kale salad recipe, (which is now a family tradition) as well as another variation on the ginger citrus cranberries. YUM!!
RECIPES here: Cancer Dietitian Thanksgiving Menu with Recipes
What are your favorite holiday recipes? Share them on my Cancer Dietitian facebook page, or comment below!
And remember, the most important thing about the Holidays is being with friends and family. The food is just the cherry on top!
Blessings on you and yours this week,
My husband is recovering from aggressive chemo followed by a radical cystectomy (bladder removal) to treat his bladder cancer. He’s lost nearly 40 pounds. We’re told that weight loss after this kind of surgery is common because it involves a resection of the small intestines. He’s been suffering from intermittent bouts of diarrhea, also to be expected. The challenge for me is to find recipes for high-calorie healthy meals that won’t aggravate his digestion. Some say low-residue, some say high-fiber. His dr. says not quite low-residue but not high-fiber either. He shouldn’t eat dairy so cheesy entrees won’t work. Any recommendations? I can’t find anything here or elsewhere that quite fits this dilemma (though maybe I’m missing something here). Thank you.
Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN says
You have quite the challenge! And it’s extra challenging because what works one time might cause a problem the next. You are doing a great job, he’s lucky to have you as a caregiver. So I would suggest working with an oncology dietitian at your treatment center. It sounds like your doctor had a good recommendation. Cooked, puréed foods may be easier to digest. I will also look for some tip sheets to send you. Email me so I have your contact info!
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