Tuesday, November 08, 2005

T-day Trial

We had our Thanksgiving meal trial tonight. Probably the lamest T-day meal ever but let me tell you, it was mighty fine to me! We had an all-natural turkey which turned out great. I was afraid it would be all dry and flavorless since the turkeys we're used to are injected with butter and "flavor." That's one thing this diet has taught me, no food is sacred. It's all been injected or chemically man-handled in some way. I think once I'm done with this diet I'll still go for the all-natural food with ingredients I can pronounce. As nature intended. It's made me more aware of what I've been stuffing my body with.

The turkey was goood. Oh my God I ate dark meat even. I haven't had dark meat in so long because it's too fatty. It's so wonderful not having to worry about fat since I know I don't get enough as it is. And turkey skin, yuuuum yum. Slimy skin, this was such a nice change. We got tons of turkey drippings so I made gravy. Do you know how important this was? Gravy is like a sauce, a condiment other than olive oil. Before this diet I would never touch gravy. Ever. But now, I could drink it straight. It was something different in my diet. And it was diet approved as long as it was made with organic rice flour. I made mashed potatoes even, another amazing change. Since I couldn't use milk and just mashing up plain potatoes isn't very exciting I came up with the brilliant idea to mix them with gravy and mash it up together. OK brilliant it probably wasn't but it made it seem like they were real mashed potatoes. Next time though, I'm just gonna mix them with the turkey drippings before I make that into gravy. That's why we had this trial before the big day. But just using the turkey juice would give them a great consistency too and then I'll top them off with gravy. Ohh, mouth is watering all ready.

I don't think B found this meal to be quite an impressive Thanksgiving meal as I did but you know what, it wasn't rice and it wasn't ground turkey breast. And that is something to be thankful for. Sure it was missing the corn and pies and the hundreds of other side dishes that go along with it but this, oh this was a gourmet meal for me. B does have a guilt-free pass to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at his mom's to get a real holiday dinner but he is sacraficing his FAVORITE meal to eat bland-o-rama with little ol' J and I, AKA this year's holiday scrooge.

What's the best part of Thanksgiving meal? The endless leftovers which I'm off to enjoy right now. I just better make sure I don't get sick of it by tomorrow because it's all I have to eat for the next week straight.


Blogger The Mom said...

Way to be creative! It's the little things...

11:10 PM  
Blogger T.J.'s Mommy said...

Sounds yummy! :)

I came over from Anne's blog, and Rachaels, I think! :)

You could also try making the potaoes with chicken or veggie stock, if that's allowed... :)

I sometimes boil my potatoes in stock instead of water. Yummy!

Good luck with the allergy diet! It's great that you are so committed to nursing! Hooray!
My babe turned a year old yesterday, and he's never had a drop of formula. :)


12:11 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

excellent news and props to you for testing it out first. Nice! and it sounds so very tasty!

6:42 AM  
Blogger dakotablueeyes said...

Yes that sounds yummy I have used drippings in the mashed potatoes and always find that it makes them so much better

7:18 AM  
Blogger Little Miss said...


Have I told you that before?? I'm so proud of the sacrifices you're making so you can continue to breastfeed your son. So many women would have given up by now.

Way to go Mama C-Ta! You.Rock.
; )

8:09 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

It's so nice to see you happy about food! ENJOY!

1:12 PM  
Blogger rumtum77 said...

Are you allowed cinnamon and pumpkin? If so maybe you could make pumpkin muffins for dessert, using the rice flour. And this might sound CRAZY, but I bet just some pumpkin puree with a bit of cinnamon on top might taste good too? I always sneek a taste when I'm making muffins with it for my kids and its pretty good!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

You go girl! And if you need any extra liquid for the potatoes, I've used the starchy, cloudy water left over from boiling before in lowfat versions.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Mama C-ta said...

Rumtum - unfortunately no...ONLY all-natural turkey, rice (organic rice, rice oil, rice flour, plain rice cakes, rice syrup, rice pasta) potatoes (except sweet), olive oil and salt. I was eating mashed sweet potatoes w/sugar spread on rice cakes and it was really good and sweet. But I had to pull the sweet potatoes :(

so if anyone has ideas using those said ingredients, I'd love to hear them b/c I'm so uncreative in the kitchen. This is the most cooking I've done, ever.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Mama C-ta said...

Nicole, that's a great idea!

TJ's Mommy - I can't use chicken chicken or veggie stock but I can probably use Turkey stock as long as it's 100% turkey/organic...but then isn't that just the same as turkey drippings? I have no clue, I'm so unexperienced in the kitchen!

Thanks for all the props everyone, helps me keep going!

3:03 PM  
Blogger michaela said...

that's awesome! and you got me so hungry from your description. mmm...gravy...

4:01 PM  
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4:02 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Man you are making me soooo hungry. I love Turkey dinner. I'm glad you'll still be able to enjoy the holiday. I wondered what you were going to do. I love love love gravy made from drippings. I think it's my favorite food. MMM!

1:20 AM  

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