CHICAGO, November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Thanksgiving is a time when friends and families come together to enjoy a hearty meal, but with food prices continuing to rise, some families may be considering alternatives to the “traditional” fall turkey feast. . The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers fun meal ideas.
“Consider cooking a ham, roast, pork shoulder, ribs or other meats for the holidays to add your own twist to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” says dietitian nutritionist John “Wesley.” McWhorter, national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics based in Houston, TX.
With the price of fresh vegetables rising, canned or frozen vegetables will give you more bang for your buck.
“Grab a bag of frozen peas and frozen pearl onions to throw in the microwave for a quick side dish,” says McWhorter. “Microwave them for four minutes, add oil, herbs like thyme, sage and rosemary and sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.”
“Add more vegetables to your menu this year by incorporating legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains to ensure an adequate amount of plant-based protein in your meal,” he says.
“Consider making a hearty vegetable soup as your main course. I love a rich, creamy butternut squash soup,” McWhorter says. “Start by roasting your squash until tender, then add it to the pot along with onions, garlic, herbs, a can of white beans and vegetable broth. everything is cooked, blend the soup and add some pumpkin seeds for extra protein.”
“Cook cultural family meals, from your own culture or another culture,” says a registered dietitian nutritionist. Monique Richardspokesperson for the National Academy based in Johnson City, Tenn.
“Toss up your dinner with Greek, Italian, Spanish, or French dishes, or a variety of each,” she says. “Spice up your menu with vegetables, healthy fats, and a variety of herbs and spices, oils, and seasonings.”
“Make an Asian stir-fry with rice,” says Richard. “Make or buy soups, dumplings, spring rolls, lettuce wraps and sushi. There are endless opportunities to get creative and explore new flavors this holiday season.”
“With the rising price of eggs and flour, consider making simple desserts such as chocolate S’mores, graham crackers and marshmallows. You can set up a S’mores station for little ones to stack It’s an easy dessert that can turn into a fun family activity,” says McWhorter.
Richard recommends making pumpkin puree with whipped tofu, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg for a delicious pumpkin mousse in a snap. No egg or cooking required.
Visit eatright.org for more holiday menu ideas.
Representing more than 112,000 registered nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the dietetic profession through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.
SOURCE Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics