I love cooking and baking. I love it so much, I spent the day baking five pies, cooking different side dishes, and enjoying being in the kitchen.
I know there are tons of ways to create Optavia-compliant holiday meals and side dishes. Several are listed here. I just don't have the same sentimental attachment to holiday foods that a lot of people seem to have. As a kid, I would only eat mashed potatoes (no gravy) and pumpkin pie.
I know a lot of people make the conscious choice to go off-plan for the holidays, to splurge a little bit, or take small tastes of foods that they would normally not eat while following Optavia. All of that is fine, especially when it is an intentional decision.
I chose to remain on plan today. I didn't even lick my fingers (well, there's COVID to thank for that restraint also!) but I did not have a single lick or taste or bite of something that wasn't one of my Fuelings or my Lean and Green. Honestly, I didn't even really consider not staying on plan. Turkey doesn't like me, and I prefer to not feel like crap from eating foods that don't like my body.
What did I make?
My daughter and I made vegetable quiche for breakfast. She is dairy free, so everything we made today is dairy-free.
We made a loaf of bread.
We made FIVE pies - three pumpkin pies, one apple crumb pie, and one pecan pie. (We have 4.5 pies leftover)
We made sweet potato casserole, and garlic mashed potatoes.
We made bacon-wrapped scallops.
We made candied pecans.
There was stuffing, and turkey, and cranberry sauce, and rolls, and deviled eggs.
So what did I eat?
I made myself a salad, with avocado and seared scallops and a drizzle of Walden Farms French dressing.
And you know what? Scallops with salad and avocado is one of my all-time favorite meals, and I was perfectly happy and content to eat it today. It was delicious!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving meals!