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Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Wednesday, friends! Chances are, you’ll be spending time today prepping some delicious food for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast! I figured I’d share some of the recipes we’ll be making. We’re making most of the food, but we did order 2 sides from Wegman’s.

B is smoking a turkey like he did last year. Here is the recipe we’re using again this year Smoked Turkey. Currently, the turkey is in the refrigerator brining. Check out this interesting set up going on. Smile  The brining bag kept falling over, so we used an old Pampers box to keep the sides from falling (so far so good).

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I’m also making my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe from this cookbook:

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I’ll be making my mother’s Sage Cranberry Stuffing. I’ve never made it before and there isn’t exactly a specific “recipe” (so I’m hoping it will turn out as delicious as hers does). If it turns out, I’ll post how to make it.

For dessert, I’ll be making pumpkin pie, apple pie, and streusel pumpkin cheesecake bars. I’m using the recipe on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can for the pumpkin pie. For the apple pie, I’m using the recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

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The Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars is a favorite recipe of mine.

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The other sides are coming from Wegman’s. We ordered their Cranberry-Orange Sauce (I tried to make my own and it wasn’t good at all).

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The other side we’re getting from Wegman’s is their Roasted Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach & Cranberries. It’s absolutely delicious!

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Some of our family is brining other dishes, so we should have a lot of delicious food!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Slow Cooker Apple “Pie”

Around this time of year, my husband and I crave apple pie. This is probably because fall = apples in our household. They are so crispy and sweet this time of year.

Did you know that a traditional slice of apple pie can have anywhere from 400-800 calories (depending on the ingredients used)?!?

Since we love apple pie so much and don’t want to deprive ourselves, I was thrilled to come across a recipe for baked apples. I modified the original recipe from Skinny Chef.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 2 servings (1 apple is a serving): If you are making it for 4 people double the recipe, or if you’re making it for 6 people just triple the ingredients, etc..

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  • 2 medium apples (I used gala)
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. pecans
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest (optional)

Preheat a slow cooker on high.

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Remove the cores from each apple. Set aside. (I cut mine a little too big, try to cut them slightly smaller and make sure you don’t cut all the way through to the bottom as the filling will bake out)

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In a food processor (or Magic Bullet in my case) pulse together the brown sugar, pecans, butter, and cinnamon.

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Spoon 1/2 of the filling into each apple.

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Place them into the slow cooker. Pour in the apple cider and the orange zest.

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Cover and cook for 1-2 hours on high heat (or until the apples are soft). Enjoy!

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Nutrition information for 1 serving:

  • Calories 217
  • Total Fat 8.1g
  • Total Carbohydrates 37.4g
  • Dietary Fiber 6.0g
  • Protein 1.2g

Other nutritional information:

  • Low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • High in dietary fiber

Is there a particular fruit that you enjoy this time of year?

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