Hello everyone, and welcome to the Thanksgiving season. We hope you’ll visit Pathfinder Produce over the next two weeks to stock up in time for Thanksgiving. Our market is open this week on Thursday, November 14, and the following week, Thursday, November 21, from noon to 5 p.m. The market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff may enjoy the day with their families and friends.
Pathfinder Produce’s Chef Eric has been busy selecting some holiday sample recipes to try out and share with our market patrons. Word has it that he’ll be featuring Sautéed Apples and a fresh berry Cranberry Sauce over the next two weeks … we can’t wait to see what he cooks up next!
Looking ahead, we want to let everyone know about a holiday concert by one of our all-time favorites is coming up: The Sidney Community Band will perform at the Pathfinder Gym on Sunday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy this free concert that will feature a selection of seasonal favorites! (Because we can’t resist … you can hear the band play “Let It Snow” by clicking this link).
Below, my colleague Martha Spiegel offers some healthier options for you to consider for your Thanksgiving meal.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so I went searching for alternatives to some traditional sides that were healthy, looked nice on the serving plate, and would be pleasing to the palate. Here is a sampling of what I found.
- Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash: This dish is vegan, so it is naturally lower in fat than dishes that come drenched in butter or full of heavy cream. The presentation is so beautiful! And while it does take a while to bake the squash in the oven, the hands-on prep time is only about 15 minutes.
- Green Bean Casserole: In some families, it just isn’t Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole. This healthier alternative has no need for a can opener as there is no cream soup or fried onions. The beans are steamed, and the sauce gets its flavor from fresh mushroom, garlic and thyme, and parmesan cheese. It’s topped with crispy sautéed shallots. To me, this sounds so much better than the original!
- Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole: This one has all the sweetness of typical candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, but with much fewer calories. It’s fairly simple to make, and with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and pecans, I’m sure the aroma as it cooks is hunger-inducing.
- Vegetarian Gravy: Hear me out on this one, folks! Even if you would never consider anything but gravy made from the pan drippings on Thanksgiving, keep this in mind for other times when you want gravy with something besides roasted meat. Or maybe your crowd is smaller and you only make a turkey breast which doesn’t put forth much in the way of gravy-making drippings. This variety is made with lots of fresh ingredients and looks chock full of flavor.
Here’s hoping you have a happy, healthy and delicious Thanksgiving!
Martha (and Lori)