Thanksgiving Dinner Survival Guide from Autumn Calabrese

Thanksgiving dinner can be a minefield of temptations. While I’m all for enjoying special occasions and holidays, it can be really useful to be thoughtful about how and when you indulge. Plan your meal right, and you can have that slice of pie with a little more room in your belt at the end of the night.

21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme Creator and Celebrity trainer, Autumn Calabrese has some simple and helpful suggestions about how to get through Thanksgiving dinner (or any holiday meal) while sticking to your meal plan and you long term goals. Check her out-

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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

I love this holiday. I love the warmth of home, the rich smells and gathering of friends and family all together for an evening of table conversation and after dinner fun. Things have changed in the last few years as my family has spread out and started their own traditions. For me this means I spend the day of thanks with my soon-to-be-in-laws. The food and company are always wonderful, and I’m glad to have somewhere to spend the holiday…. but I still miss the days of my family home, chock-full of people squeezed into our small victorian dining room.

As I’m getting older and making my own, new family home,  I’ve begun dreaming of the day that I can try my own hand at the family Turkey Tradition. Here’s a little taste of what the day might be like when I’m the host some day. Anyone hungry!?!

The Turkey:

Pioneer Woman’s Orange Rosemary Turkey Brine

…and Turkey Roasting instructions for those of us who’ve yet to host and roast!
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The Sides:

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin from Dandy Dishes

Image from Dandy Dishes

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries from the Pioneer Woman

Image from Pioneer Woman

Cranberry Relish from Simply Recipes (just like we made each year at my parents!)

Image from Simply Recipes

Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” from Steamy Kitchen

Image from Steamy Kitchen

Sweet Potato Skins from Pinch of Yum

Image from Pinch of Yum

The Dessert:

Gluten-free Pumkin Pie! From Design, Dining + Diapers

Looks pretty YUM to me! Have a wonderful, warm and delish Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

Sarah