Slimmed Down Side Dish for Thanksgiving

Om Bro & Me, Thanksgiving 2009

Can we be clear about something?  Thanksgiving does not make anyone fat.  It’s one day, and one meal, and it won’t turn you into a slothful ogre.  It just won’t.

Especially if you make a few smart choices, like adding my favorite side dish of mashed cauliflower, which is lower in carbs, calories, and fat, instead of potatoes to your table.  Before you roll your eyes, hear me out: This dish is the bomb.  It’s super simple, and people will love it.  No need to start a civil war with the side dishes.  Just tote it along and discreetly place it next to the potatoes.  Say you made extra!  Then, smile slyly to yourself knowing that no one will weigh extra tomorrow.

Step 1:

Chop 1 head of cauliflower, and steam until slightly soft.  Lightly mash by hand.

Step 2:

In a separate saucepan, add olive oil and 1-2 cloves of chopped garlic.  Cook until lightly brown.

Step 3:

Add mashed cauliflower, garlic and olive oil from saucepan, salt and pepper, and 1/4-1/2 cup of milk (rice milk works for vegans!) to food processor.  Blend until completely smooth.

Step 4:

Return ingredients to pot on stove (low heat).  Season as desired (I add red pepper flakes sometimes). Serve hot.

Other smart choices for a slimmer Thanksgiving include curbing its aftermath in the days that follow.  The gobble-gobble habits below wreck much more damage on your wellness than one, lovely, indulgent meal.

Tell yourself, now, that you’ll pass on:

  • Nibbling leftovers with the refrigerator door open.
  • Rationalizing pie for breakfast.
  • Eating stuffing everyday as a snack, like it’s the next Greek yogurt.
  • Forgetting that the best vegetables for you are uncooked and green.
  • Being a turkey about exercise.  Relax on the couch, enjoy some football, but, then, get up and move!
Happy Thanksgiving! 




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