Coffee Talk Monday…Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2012


With all good intentions, promises and prayers, I am going to try to eat healthy this Thanksgiving.  I think you can still  enjoy many  of  the yummy seasonal foods of the harvest by preparing them with healthly  recipies.  Here are a few new recipies that disguise healthy well!


Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

2 medium (6 lbs total) sugar pumpkins or pumpkin pie pumpkins
1 tbsp butter (olive oil for dairy-free)
3/4 cup shallots, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth (vegetarians can use vegetable stock)
1 tbsp fresh sage, plus more for garnish
salt and fresh pepper to taste
reduced fat sour cream for garnish, (optional)


Heat the oven to 400°F. Using a heavy, sharp knife, cut the pumpkins in half. Scoop out seeds and place on a baking sheet; bake for 1 – 1-1/2 hours.
When the pumpkin is cooked and cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. This should make about 5 cups.
Add butter to a large pot or Dutch oven, on medium heat; add shallots and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add pumpkin and broth to the pot, along with sage, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for about 15 minutes.
Blend in a blender or immersion blender and blend the soup until smooth.
(Optional) Garnish with light sour cream and sage.  Makes 8 1/2 cups.



Thanksgiving Baked Apple Pie Apples
Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  35 mins Total time:  1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 3

3 large plump round apples
2 apples of any kind, cored and diced
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon coconut flour
pinch of salt
2 sheets of Capello’s Gluten Free Lasagna, cut into ½-1 inch strips lengthwise

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
So first you gotta core your apples. I wasn’t very good at this, but I did it so I know it’s possible.
Cut off the tops of your 3 large, plump apples and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon, being careful not puncture the peel.
Dice up your other apples, place them in a bowl and toss with coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
Add those diced apples into each one of your apple “bowls”.
Now you gotta make the outside crust. I cut my lasagna sheets into strips to make a similar pie look, but you could place a whole lasagna sheet over it as well.
Place the strips over your apples in any formation and wet the ends of the strips with some water, then press the strips to the apples.
Sprinkle crust with a little cinnamon.
Place apples in a 8×8 glass baking dish, add water to the dish to just cover the bottom, then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are soft and crust has browned.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy these healthy Thanksgiving dishes!  xo,Caitlin