Okay, those that follow my work are probably wondering what in the heck is Dr. Gloria going to dissect now in her Health Detective investigative work. This article is not about digging up some lost relic or ancient remedy, it’s about helping you to choose healthy choices during the holidays rather than health-depleting ones. I’m going to provide you with gluten-free, nightshade-free, dairy-free alternatives to make those holiday meals just as tasty as the traditional unhealthy, high fat ones...Click here to continue reading...
• Roasted Turkey (Traditional) – basted with butter and herbs.
(Healthy Alternative) – basted with clarified butter (Ghee) or coconut oil. Soften butter or oil and add the following herbs finely chopped if fresh or mulled in a mortar and pestle if dry: Rosemary, Marjoram, Thyme, Sage, an abundance of fresh chopped garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
• Turkey Stuffing (Traditional) – bread stuffing mix with seasoning packet (usually contains unhealthy preservatives and flavor-enhancers, and added melted butter.
(Healthy Alternative) – gluten-free bread—slow toasted and cut or broken into small pieces, coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter, fresh chopped herbs (the same as used in the basting formula provided above), all natural (no nitrates or additives) pork or chicken sausage browned in onions and garlic, an abundance of fresh chopped garlic and onions, dried cranberries (no sulfites), chopped fresh parsley, chopped pecans or walnuts, all natural chicken broth to moisten entire stuffing mixture, two strips of peppercorn thick sliced bacon ( un-cured, no nitrates added and fried until crispy and then crumbled and added to mixture. NOTE: This is a variation of my grandmother LaLa’s recipe that she became famous for.
• Mashed Potatoes (Traditional) – any variety of potatoes cooked and mashed with added butter and/or milk/sour cream or heavy cream.
(Healthy Alternative) – peel , cut in quarters and steam white sweet potatoes or Hawaiian purple potatoes, mash and add coconut oil, salt and pepper to taste. Variations: add organic goat cheese and an abundance of fresh chopped garlic and chopped parsley. You can moisten with a milk alternative, I found the best to be Flax or Hemp because they don’t have the sweetness other alternatives do.
• Sweet Baked Yams (Traditional) – orange sweet potatoes, otherwise known as yams in different parts of the country. Peeled, steamed, mashed, or baked with added brown sugar and or maple syrup, butter and cinnamon.
(Healthy Alternative) – peel and cube yams and mix or layer in a baking dish with: coconut butter, plenty of ground cinnamon, 1–2 whole cloves or a sprinkle of ground cloves, natural sweetener like that made from LoHan or Stevia. Bake at 350 degrees until soft with a light brown crust. NOTE: You can add a milk alternative for more moisture. In this dish coconut milk works magic.
• Turkey Gravy (Traditional) – take turkey drippings, add white flour and milk, thicken and serve.
(Healthy Alternative) – take turkey drippings and freeze until fat rises to the top. Skim off fat and use remainder for the gravy base. Dissolve either white rice flour or arrowroot in a milk alternative, like Flax or Hemp milk and dissolve all lumps. Heat some coconut oil or Ghee in skillet until bubbling, add cold liquid with dissolved flour quickly and continue to stir with wire whip to avoid lumps. Slowly boil until thick. If not thick enough repeat flour in milk and add more to mixture but make sure it’s cold when you add to hot mixture. Then add about 2 TB of Bragg’s Aminos (tastes just like soy sauce)—gives the gravy a wonderful rich taste as well as the salt so don’t salt until after you’ve added and taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This is simply meant to be a sampling of alternatives and, hopefully, serves to “plant the seed” of inspiration to create healthier meals anytime. AND, by the way, baste that turkey, chicken or bird with coconut oil instead of butter, it actually browns nicer and produces a tasty crispiness.
Enjoy your meal and create some new memories: Bon appetite, bil-hana' wa ash-shifa', Buen provecho, sihk faahn, Guten Appetit, Es gezunterheyt, Prijatnovo appetite, douzo meshiagare, Kalí óreksi!
Wishing you Healthy, Happy Holidays and Beyond,
Dr. Gloria Gilbère is an accomplished gourmet cook and teaches cooking for inflammation-free meals, she's an acclaimed talk show host, Dr. Gloria—Health Detective (archives can be heard on her website), author of 18 books, 8 courses and over 1,700 health articles. She is founder of the Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation and consults worldwide via telephone, Skype, and by appointment in her Gig Harbor, WA office. She is creator of certificated courses to become a Wholistic Rejuvenist™ (CWR) and post-graduate education for health professionals. Her courses are accredited by international medical schools and teaching hospitals for post-graduate credit. To consult with her, subscribe to her FREE Health Detective, and gain access to her Webinars, Podcasts, Articles, TeleSeminars, and downloadable MP3s, online classes, and eBooks, visit www.gloriagilbere.com or call 888.352.8175.