How is it almost holiday season already? There's tinsel and snow angel decorations in the stores, holiday music on the radio and the turkey recipes here are getting lots of views!
So let's have a catch-up and help you with low histamine Thanksgiving ideas. Go grab a warm drink and perhaps a pen and paper to make some notes for recipes too!
What have you guys been up to this month? It's suddenly so cold, so it feels like more of an effort to get out and about. But I know it's so helpful for my physical and mental health, so I'm trying by:
- Daily walk. I'm making this fairly mandatory (health issues being the only impediment some days), either listening to a podcast or just taking in the fall colors and crunchy leaves. And if you follow my through.the.fibro.fog Instagram, you will know that seeing the cows is something I love to do!
- Park run - a weekly run on a Saturday morning. Man the 9am start to do 5K can feel tough, but it's so nice to walk or run with others.
Warm drinks - with chilly fingers from Raynauds, making something cozy is just a necessity every morning and afternoon! My honey ginger warm milk is still a favorite (and with you guys too!).
And of course, being a food blogger means this time of year is HECTIC. It's all about turkey, sides, desserts, mocktails and snacks over here! Which is super fun - I mean I'm not complaining about getting to eat ALL THE THINGS, but it's also a little odd to be making recipes at strange times of the day!
So I'm posting this precisely a week after my last 'catch-up' email, which isn't the best timing but I wanted to get this to you so you had time to plan, shop and cook!
How are you celebrating this year? A huge family gathering or just a quiet one with the household? Can I say I lean towards smaller these days so things feel a bit more restful . . .
While I have a dedicated Thanksgiving recipes page, I wanted to help you guys out with some of the favorite recipes and new ones for this year you may have missed.
Let's talk turkey, then sides, appetizers, desserts and drinks.
I'm not going to do a typical roast turkey recipe as there are so many online that should work well, and you likely have a go-to recipe already. Instead, I'm sharing turkey recipes that are either 'alternatives' on the day if you don't want to go traditional, or perhaps to enjoy in the week before or after.
The number one favorite turkey recipe on the blog! Very similar to patties, with turkey mince, veggies and lots of herbs, the best part of my turkey rissoles is they take just 30 minutes to come together.
Turkey sweet potato hash
The ultimate versatile dish! Enjoy this turkey sweet potato hash for breakfast, brunch or an easy weeknight dinner.
Spicy turkey stew
This turkey stew recipe has quite a fond place in my heart, as I tried for a while to figure out how to do spicy low histamine-style, and without tomatoes too. It's always a popular recipe here and so good around the holidays as a fun way to enjoy turkey.
Turkey with sage cream sauce
A decadent-feeling recipe that is so easy it can be a quick weeknight dinner! Sage is such a flavorful herb and really makes this skillet turkey with sage cream sauce recipe something special.
Find even more ideas on my turkey recipes page!
We would be here quite a while if I shared all the Thanksgiving-appropriate sides, so I'm going to stick to sharing four, but do suggest heading over to my sides page to find all kinds of tasty ideas!
Honey roasted vegetables
Super simple, full of flavor and so pretty too, these honey roasted vegetables make for a crowd-pleaser of a side dish!
Pesto Brussels sprouts
Give your sprouts an upgrade this year, and stir through some flavor-packed pesto! Easy to make, these pesto Brussels sprouts are a world away from the soggy sprouts I used to eat at school (and very begrudgingly so!).
Sweet potato casserole
I've always been a bit 'meh' about sweet versions of sweet potato casserole. It just wasn't my thing. This version has a more savory feel, and the best herby oat topping.
Roasted zucchini and potatoes
Now I have to have some potatoes on my plate for holiday meals, and these roasted zucchini and potatoes are just perfect. Easy to make, suitable with most mains and they go down well with kids and adults alike.
Always a bit of fun I think, appetizers can be everything from dips to crostini and so much more. There are so many to choose from on my appetizers page, but here are my top four favorites:
Whipped ricotta crostini
Super easy to make, these whipped ricotta crostini are always popular as 'finger food' at parties or gatherings. Can't do bread? You can use rice cakes or oat cakes too if that's more suitable.
Herb cream stuffed mini peppers
I think these are my favorite! The garlic herb cream cheese gives so much flavor, and the mini peppers come together so quickly.
Whipped ricotta dip with honey and herbs
Who doesn't love a dip with crudites or crackers if that works for you! This whipped ricotta takes minutes to come together, and my seed crackers are a great wheat-free option!
Beetroot hummus (without chickpeas)
So pretty and tasty too! Serve this beetroot hummus with other plates for a fun appetizer to enjoy with friends and family.
I used to think that it wasn't possible to have fun sweet treats on a low histamine diet, but I was definitely wrong! It's true that certain foods are likely a bit more individual in terms of tolerance, such as cream for example.
So here are a few ideas (more on the blog!), and I hope at least some of them work for you!
Spiced poached pears
Made with apple juice rather than wine, and low histamine spices, these spiced poached pears are always a winner! Easy to make and such a crowd-pleaser I think.
Passion fruit posset
If dairy works for you, then I highly recommend this passion fruit posset! It looks a little fancy but takes minutes to make and then it sets in the fridge while you put your feet up!
Blackberry apple crisp
Crisps and crumbles always feel like a comfort food treat, and this blackberry apple crisp has the best gooey fruit and crispy oat topping. It's quick and easy to make, and such a family favorite.
Cardamom apple fritters
Lots of gooey soft fruit and crispy edges make these cardamom apple fritters a hit! Serve as dessert or perhaps as a treat later in the day!
Elderflower fizz mocktail
The quickest elderflower mocktail there could be! Simply combine elderflower cordial (I suggest using one without lemon juice if it's an issue for you) with apple juice and some bubbles.
This is the top mocktail on the site, and I love it too! Sweet berries and a hint of herbs make for a delicious blueberry mocktail everyone will love.
Honey ginger warm milk
This honey ginger warm milk is so cozy, and perfect around Thanksgiving if you need a moment of peace and quiet curled up on the couch!
Making this cardamom milk is quick and easy, and it has the best hint of spice!
I hope this round-up gives you lots of ideas for your Thanksgiving feast! This is just my favorites, so do have a click around the site as there are hundreds more ideas!