We are having Thanksgiving at my sister's home. She is NOT a cook! But she is going to be doing the turkey. Everything else she is cooking will be coming out of a box: the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy out of a can. She is asking everyone else to bring food to the meal. Realizing what she is serving, I am adding a few Zone-ish foods to the menu.
First, I am roasting some veggies: fennel, onion, carrot.
Second, I am making a mixed grain pilaf. Loaded with vegetables (carrots, onion, mushroom, celery all chopped up small) and then some barley and oat groats added to it, and has just a small amount of wild rice, added some broth for moisture and flavoring.
Third, I am roasting acorn squash. I cut them into wedges and brushed with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. This is not a zone-favorable food, but it is a favorite of mine, so will have just a little bit (despite being unfavorable, at least there is some generous vitamin content)Nor
Lastly, I have also baked a few pies. No, they are not Zone-friendly!
To stay in the Zone, I will use the plate method and serve up some turkey, then add a generous helping of the roasted veggies. Eat smaller portions of the other items. I can easily avoid the mashed potatoes and stuffing, nothing special if coming out of a box anyway! If anyone else brings something special to eat, I can add small portions to my plate as well.
So, everything should go well until the pies come out! But, again, having small portions will help here. Delay the pie-eating for later, and then have a little protein along with it.
Normally I do a charity walk on Thanksgiving morning. Around here, its the "Turkey Trot". However, I have to get up early to get there on time, and it just didn't happen for me today LOL so will be taking advantage of the warm weather we are having and go for a late-season bike ride. Probably not too many bike-riding days left this year!