On Monday, I shared my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline Thanksgiving appetizer. So continuing on with our Blogsgiving Dinner menu, on today’s menu we have an amazing assortment of recipes for delicious entrees, salads and side dishes! I generally like to keep things traditional for the holidays. For Thanksgiving, I like to stick to turkey and stuffing, yams and pumpkin pie. But when you get the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving more than once, that’s a great opportunity to pull out some twists for the holiday feast. This year, I roasted up a turkey for Sugar-Free Thanksgiving, so having gotten my fill of fowl, for #blogsgivingdinner I went with an Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin topped with orange-cranberry sauce, and served over buttery Parmesan polenta with oven-roasted vegetables. Check out some other Thanksgiving meal ideas below!
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Cranberry Reduction
Instead of turkey, serve your Thanksgiving guests this Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin topped with orange-cranberry sauce, and served over buttery Parmesan polenta with oven-roasted vegetables.
Author: Home at Six
2 1-1.5 lb pork tenderloin
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tsp salt
2.5 tsp thyme
2 tsp basil
2 tsp rosemary
½ tsp black pepper
Orange-Cranberry Sauce: 1 large orange (juiced), orange zest, ½ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 475 F
Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan, oil, mustard and herbs and spices in a bowl
Mixture should hold together when pinched (add additional oil if necessary)
Roll pork tenderloin in mixture until fully coated and place in roasting pan
Roast at 475 F for 15 minutes
Reduce heat to 400 F and roast for an additional 35-45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 155 F
Remove from oven, tent, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving
In a saucepan, combine zest, orange juice, sugar and ½ cup water and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries, increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries are soft and sauce it thickened. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I’m out in Saskatoon this week for a conference, where the land is flat and the weather is surprisingly fall perfection. I gave my presentation on Day 1, so now I can sit back and relax a little, take in the other sessions and sneak out for a few minutes here and there to walk down to the Saskatchewan River, where the sun is warm and the trails are littered with crunchy leaves.
In between presentations I wanted to share this recipe that I made last weekend. In this dish, a simple rice pilaf is jazzed up with sweet dried cranberries and tender cubes of roasted butternut squash.
After getting home from France, I noticed we had a single butternut squash hiding in the cupboard, leftover from the butternut squash soup that we served for our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving. I also spotted the dried cranberries that I’d hidden away last month, so together they went into this Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash.
I roasted the garlic right inside the cavity of the overturned halved squash, which infused the squash with a subtle garlic flavour and resulted in buttery soft garlic that I then mashed into the rice. Cubed butternut squash is mixed with wild rice, cranberries, onion and pepper, and served in mini pumpkins just for extra seasonal cuteness. How great would this look on a Thanksgiving table though, right?
Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash
Wild rice, cranberries, rosemary, and cubes of roasted garlic butternut squash combine in this seasonal, sweet and savory rice pilaf. Serve in mini pumpkins for a festive Thanksgiving side dish. Find more Thanksgiving dishes: http://homeatsix.com/2014/09/thanksgiving-menu/
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Feeling thankful for things, this weekend we hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner. We’re going to be out of the country during (Canadian) Thanksgiving, but since it’s my favourite holiday, I really wanted to celebrate it early. Of course, that meant Early Thanksgiving fell within Sugar-Free September, so well, that was a challenge!
The only thing stressing me out all week was dessert. For me, Thanksgiving isn’t really Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, so I really wanted to find a way to enjoy pumpkin pie while avoiding any sugars and sweeteners including stevia, and even maple syrup and dates. I found a way!
I’ll be sharing some of my healthy Thanksgiving recipes here on the blog, but as a thank you for reading, I’m giving you a copy of my totally Sugar-Free Thanksgiving menu to download.
You’ll find 7 easy recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving dinner menu that contains absolutely no added sugars, including my sugar-free pumpkin pie.
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This week’s Beauty Detox assignment was to create a variation of Kimberly Snyder’s Warm Kale and Mushroom Beauty Salad. I made my salad over the weekend and then I used the leftovers in spring rolls for dinner last night. I didn’t photograph my salad on its own, so here I’m sharing my Kale and Mushroom Spring Rolls. I enjoyed them with a bowl of miso soup and a small salad topped with sauerkraut and black sesame seeds. So my entry for this week’s challenge is a salad in a spring roll, ok? Yeah, let’s go with that!
I recently made spring rolls and cooked them with a quick shallow fry. They tasted great but a couple didn’t hold together that well and I thought they might have soaked up a bit too much oil. This time around, I baked them in the oven and it was a lot easier that having to stand over the stove while avoiding getting burned by hot oil.
I sautéed my vegetables first since they were originally made for the salad, but another option is to coat the raw veg with a tablespoon of oil before wrapping. That might increase the bake time a bit.
Usually in a stir-fry salad like this, I would add some tamari. But since it’s Sugar-Free September, I’ve been avoiding most sauces. To give this salad flavour, I loaded on the spices, and the flavours worked really well in my spring roll version, too.