Were only a couple weeks away from the most gluttonous Holiday in America - yup! I said it!
The average American consumes 5,000-8,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day - in a SINGLE MEAL! Wow - thats 2lbs gained or MORE since 3,500 calories = 1lb. Thats 4-6 days of calories in one day for someone on a 1500 calorie meal plan and whats scarier? Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the American 'Norm' of 7-10lb weight gain from Thanksgiving to New Years.
Why do that to your body? Fill it full of unhealthy fats, sugars and processed junk all in the name of a Holiday only to feel like CRAP the next few days as your body tries to recover from the influx of calories, fats and sugars in your body.....processing what it can and storing the rest as FAT!
No way! Remember its ONE MEAL not an entire day of cheating, binging and gluttony.
This Thanksgiving - challenge yourself to make better, healthier alternatives to your favorite dishes! Food tastes WONDERFUL without the additives - chipotle spiced roasted sweet potatoes? YUM! Mixed Grain dressing with wild rice, quinoa and apricots - YES! Balsamic roasted veggies - DEFINITELY! Herb roasted turkey - MMMM!
Stay tuned each week leading up to Thanksgiving for new, clean and lean recipes sure to please your crowd without them knowing they are healthy! The flavor is out of this world!
Today's Recipe and my friends and family's favorite of all my recipes:
Roasted Chipotle Sweet Potato Medley
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4-6 small red potatoes, cubed
4-6 small purple potatoes, cubed (can find in health food stores, Asian markets and some grocery stores)
3 bell peppers (multi-colored to add more color to the dish!)
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves
5-8 sprigs Fresh Thyme
2 tsp Cumin
2 TBS Cinnamon
1 can chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce
juice of whole lime
1/2 cup water
Pre-Heat Oven to 400 F
Peel sweet potatoes and place in microwave for 6 minutes to soften. Chop and pace in large roasting pan sprayed with olive oil Cooking Spray. Cut red and purple potatoes and place in bowl in microwave for 5 minutes to soften. Place in roasting pan with sweet potatoes.
Slice onion and core and slice bell peppers and place in roasting pan with potatoes.
In a food processor, blender or magic bullet - combine garlic cloves, the leaves from the fresh thyme (can pull off with fork), cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, chipotle peppers, 1/4 cup of the adobo sauce, juice of whole lime and water. Pulse until combined and peppers and garlic have been chopped. Will be slightly chunky.
Pour wet ingredients over vegetables in roasting pan and stir to combine. Roast in the oven uncovered 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Last 10 minutes, pull oven open and place on broil to slightly brown the vegetables.
Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving.
Serving size: About a cup of roasted potato medley:
Be GOOD to your body this Holiday Season! It will thank you!