Turkey and gravy. Mashed potatoes with butter and cream. Spinach casserole with cream cheese and fontina cheese. Homemade yeast rolls layered with butter. Mashed sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows.
One week from today, the menu I just described is exactly what I plan on putting on my Thanksgiving plate and devouring. Call the paleo police if ya want, but there are a few days of the year like Thanksgiving when I eat some gluten and dairy and do not immediately explode as a result of doing so.
If you’re not on the dairy and gluten train like me and you don’t eat them on occasion, you may not want to go hog wild...I know if I go overboard on sugar, my heart rate goes through the roof. I also know if partake with too much enthusiasm with dairy, especially cheese, there will be some serious digestive repercussions. Gluten, on the other hand, tends to just make me bloated; but these days, I’m not really sure what’s bloat and what’s my growing son.
With all the hearty richness coming my way next week, I know it will be sensible to have some foods on hand that make me feel a little better about some of the choices I will make Thursday night. I’ll make sure my parent’s fridge and pantry are stocked with honeycrisps, almond butter, RX bars, eggs, and other healthy, happy snacks.
Another smart way to ensure you don’t go off the deep end into your mother’s sweet potato casserole (maybe that’s just me…) is by having a protein-packed breakfast. SKIPPING BREAKFAST TO SAVE CALORIES=NO BUENO! What could you have for breakfast on Thanksgiving and have plenty to share with beloved friends and family? Why my butternut, sausage, and apple quiche bites, of course!
Once upon a time, I thought it was sensible to skip breakfast or eat next to nothing on days that involved some serious eating in order to make up for the heavy caloric consumption that would take place later in the day. Little did I know that that was a perfect way to set myself up utter and absolute FAILURE later that night.
These days, especially with a growing little man inside my body, I know that having solid meals and healthy snacks as needed is the best way to not go on a sugar binge. If I let myself get too hungry, that’s when I usually make some food decisions that are less than stellar and will leave me with some discomfort and/or guilt.
So let’s talk about these quiche bites and how simple they are to make!
Step 1: Sauté pre-cut butternut squash and diced apples until softened.
Step 2: Crack eggs, whisk, and add other stuff into a bowl.
Step 3: Spoon mixture evenly into muffin tin.
Step 4: Bake until set.
That’s all folks! From start to finish, these come together in about forty minutes. You can serve them to the whole family Thanksgiving morning or just have them on hand for a healthy, on-the-go snack.
If you really want a Thanksgiving breakfast that would make the pilgrims proud, serve these with a dollop of cranberry sauce and roasted brussel sprouts; yeah, I said it. Brussel sprouts for breakfast…don’t knock it until you try it, okay?
If you fear that you can’t take in 12 quiche bites on your own, you could make the full dozen and freeze half for a later day. You could also freeze them all and pull them out as you need them! That’s the beauty of the individual portions people.
Whatever your Thanksgiving day plans entail, I highly recommend having these quiche bites on hand to help make the day just a little happier and healthier.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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