I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Around the holidays, I am especially thankful for our continued good health and my immediate family that all live nearby—my wife Nicole, my adult boys, my grandson Lorenzo, and the mom and a new grandchild due in April.
Below are a few recipes for side dishes that I enjoy over the holidays. Hoping that you have much to be grateful for over Thanksgiving.
Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower
Adding cauliflower and a touch of garlic to mashed potatoes adds a pleasant flavor and makes them healthier as well. The option of Mushroom Gravy (below) goes super well with this dish.
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
5 medium-large Russet potatoes
1 medium-head cauliflower
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
4 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 ½ cups full fat organic milk (or almond milk plus 2 tablespoons ghee)
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped finely
Peel and cut potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces, cover with water in a pot, bring to a boil, and cook until soft (about 10-12 minutes), then drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, cut cauliflower florets into 1-inch pieces, cover with water in a pot, bring to a boil, and cook until soft (about 8-10 minutes), then drain and set aside.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat, add ghee, then garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until garlic is lightly yellow but not browned. Remove from heat and combine with cooked cauliflower.
In a small pot, warm milk over low heat. Stir in salt to dissolve.
Combine potatoes and cauliflower in a mixer or mash and mix by hand, add black pepper, and slowly add 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups of milk as you blend to the desired consistency.
Spoon or pipe into a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
A light, flavorful gravy that goes well with mashed potatoes. A bonus is that vegetarians can enjoy this gravy with the rest of the family. Using almond flour also gives you the option of a gluten-free recipe. This recipe can easily be made the day before and reheated when dinner is nearly ready.
Preparation Time: 15 – 20 Minutes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped finely
4 cups mushrooms (such as baby bellas), chopped finely
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour or almond flour
1 cup red wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce, low-sodium
2 cups vegetable broth, low sodium
Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat, add oil, then onions and sauté with an occasional stir for 2 minutes, add mushrooms and salt and sauté another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they have softened.
Stir in flour and heat for another 2 minutes. Add red wine and soy sauce and reduce heat to simmer, then add stock and heat until mixture thickens.
Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. If after storing for 1-2 days refrigerated, add extra stock if gravy becomes too thick.
Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Orange
This is a delicious and vibrant-colored holiday sauce. You can make it 1-2 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes
Simmering Time: 10 Minutes
Serves: 8 (makes about 2 cups)
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ cup maple syrup
6 ounces Cranberries
1 small pinch of sea salt
1 medium orange, peeled, segmented, and sliced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
Heat juice and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, when gently bubbling, add cranberries, salt, orange, and ginger.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes until cranberries open. Remove from heat.
Serve warm or chilled. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and the best of health!
Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FACN, CNS
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Very nice recipes. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks for the healthy recipes. I will definitely be making the mashed potatoes and gravy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr. Masley, I am thankful for you! You continue to touch others whom you have not met through your books and recipes. By following your diet and exercise suggestions, I lowered my cholesterol, ldl, and improved my ldl/hdl ratio greatly within a month’s time. I also lost 10 pounds. My doctor was so impressed he asked me how I’d done it! I shared your name and books. He wanted me to have a calcium ct scan based on my risk factors, and to get back on statins, which I had to discontinue years ago due to muscle issues. Instead, I will be getting a carotid imt done, which I plan to repeat periodically to see my progress (hopefully for the better). Your recipes are not only healthy, but tasty and easy to prepare, something which isn’t all that common for “healthy recipes”! Thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Love the cranberry recipe. (Haven’t tried the others yet.) I love cranberry sauce but hesitate to make it as most recipes have so much sugar. Dr. Masley’s recipe is delicious – has great flavor and uses just a quarter cup of maple syrup. Have added to holiday favorites.