I'd like to add one more veg dish, either fresh steamed Brussels sprouts with a flax meal and grainy mustard dip, or roasted root veggies like beets, carrots and parsnips. I didn't address dessert here because other people are providing them...but I have ideas!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
As I wrote out my Thanksgiving menu for a party of ten I marveled at the differences between this menu and what it would have been just a few years ago. I'm still compromising for the sake of my (Standard American Diet) company but here are a few notable examples of changes for the better:
Friday, November 4, 2011
Stuffed Acorn Squash
This squash was stuffed with Vigo's Red Beans and Rice which I cooked on the stove top (without adding the butter!)while the squash was baking. I added a medium bunch of kale, cut up, halfway through the 20 minute cooking time. If I were making it for company I would probably sprinkle some nuts or grated cheese on top and bake it to brown the top but since I was cooking for myself I just spooned the rice mix into the half acorn squash when it finished baking and ate it with a salad. It was very tasty, hearty and satisfying. I added no additional seasoning since the rice package comes fully seasoned.
This is an easy dish and looks nice to serve to others but I do have one concern. When I looked up the nutritional information online it said, "totally fat free" and "0 calories from fat"; however, the label says one serving contains 1 gram of fat, 0 grams sat. fat. So where are the 9 calories from the 1 gram of fat? Also, the Ingredients list includes "Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oil". What? Is there a minimum amount required before it has to be listed as part of the Nutrition Facts or Calories? Now I feel like I've lost one of my favorite quick foods. I'm going to work on a good combination of seasonings for my beans and rice dishes that does not include hydrogenated oil and all those other additives.