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A Perfect Thanksgiving Recipe

I don’t think I have shared a recipe on yet, but I have one that ties perfectly to a post I wrote last month – Get Ready for the “Season of Eating.” One of my best pieces of advice for managing holiday eating is to eat those special holiday foods that come around once a year, and leave the more common dishes (mashed potatoes, for instance) for another time – get your calories and carbs from foods you crave. And, as I was planning for my Thanksgiving I thought I might share a favorite recipe, a favorite because this one dish captures the taste of Thanksgiving perfectly.

I call this recipe Fall Festive Orange Cups, and it’s really easy.

  • Start by baking two small sweet potatoes and halving four small oranges to make 8 servings.
  • Squeeze out all the orange juice into a small bowl, and set the orange “cups” in a muffin pan to keep them upright.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potato, and mix in ¼ cup no-calorie granulated sweetener, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and the orange juice – stir until blended. Next, stir in 1 chopped apple, ¼ cup dried cranberries, and 1 ounce chopped walnuts.
  • Now, spoon the mixture into the orange “cups,” and top with a few mini-marshmallows.
  • Finally, bake the orange “cups” in a pre-heated oven at 325°F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the marshmallows have browned.

Sweet potatoes, apples, walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon and marshmallows – is that Thanksgiving? It definitely is! But, what about the carbohydrates – sweet potatoes, orange juice, brown sugar, apples, cranberries and marshmallows? Well, each orange cup is a serving, and each serving is 27 grams carbohydrate, only about 2 carb “choices.” And, as I mentioned, all the special tastes of Thanksgiving (and, by the way, only 3 grams total fat and 12 milligrams sodium.) Give this one a try, and you’ll see why I wanted to share it with you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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