My good friends at positivehealthwellness have asked me to share a wonderful menu with you all this year.
What a year this has been, I have been shown how to be humble and to show compassion, from our creator.
How to forgive others, and let go of the past.
This year was absolutely crucial in my growth as a person. I give thanks to God, my family, my friends, and the ones who believe in me.
Well, may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving 2017 and enjoy a few menu suggestions.
Not sure what to make this year?
Here is the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner menu that goes through absolutely everything you need for this year.
Don’t forget the sides and get a turkey dinner to die for!
For the Turkey: 3-Way Roulade
Why not make a Turkey roulade instead of a traditional bird this year. There are a few benefits to this. You will know that all the meat is cooked before you start serving everything up and you create smaller portions for everyone. We always end up overeating at Thanksgiving, and it’s not great for the waistline.
You will also get to avoid the big turkeys. You just need some turkey breasts, helping to keep the costs down.
The 3-way roulade offers three different stuffings for your bird. You can do all three if you’d like, but make sure you stock up on extra turkey breasts. This recipe will give you enough turkey for one filling of choice.
- 2 skinless, boneless turkey breasts
- 1 filling of choice (fillings below)
- 1 1/2tbsp oil of choice
- Salt and black pepper, for seasoning
- Fennel-apple filling ingredients:
- 1 fennel bulb, chopped
- 2 apples, cored and chopped
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2tbsp butter
- 2tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
- 2tbsp fennel fronds, chopped
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Bacon and Mushroom Filling Ingredients:
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- 1lb mushrooms of choice, chopped
- 1 bunch of scallions, chopped
- 1/3 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup of dry white wine
- 3tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Sausage and Cornbread Filling Ingredients:
- 8oz of Italian sausage, out of the casing
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 cups of cornbread, crumbled
- 1tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- ½ cup of chicken stock
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil
- Butterfly the turkey breasts, avoiding slicing all the way through
- Wrap one open breast with cling film and pound to about ¼ inch thick
- Season the breast with salt and pepper and then repeat with the second
- Make your filling (method for each below) and then spread half into a turkey breast, pressing into the meat
- Roll the turkey breast tightly and secure with butcher’s twine, tucking the ends in
- Repeat with the other turkey breast, roll both breasts into oil, and season with more salt and pepper
- Place on the baking sheet and cook for 40-45 minutes
- Stand for 10 minutes and then slice to serve
Fennel and Apple Filling Method:
- Cook the fennel bulb, shallots, butter, and apple in a skillet over a medium heat until golden
- Stir in the fennel fronds and tarragon and then season
Bacon and Mushroom Filling Method:
- Cook the bacon for 6-8 minutes in a skillet over a medium heat
- Place on a plate and pour away the dripping, apart from 1 1/2tbsp
- Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add in the parsley and scallions, cooking for another 2 minutes
- Add the wine and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the wine evaporates
- Stir in the breadcrumbs and mix everything together, seasoning with the salt and pepper
Sausage and Cornbread Filling Method:
- Cook the sausage for 5-7 minutes in a skillet over a medium to high heat, breaking the sausage into smaller pieces
- Add the garlic and cook for another minute
- Add in the thyme and cornbread and then remove from the heat
- Stir in the chicken stock to fully combine, and then season with the salt and pepper
For the Sides: Make Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing
Even with the stuffed turkey, people will want stuffing on the sides. There’s just something about Thanksgiving that calls for a delicious stuffing to sit on the side to work with the rest of your food options.
This rosemary monkey bread stuffing is perfect. The kids will love the name, and they’ll want to help you make it. Just expect questions about cooking monkeys when you have smaller children!
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 4tbsp butter
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 2 eggs
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2lb rosemary focaccia, cubed (if you can’t find the bread, you can use 1 1/2tbsp chopped fresh rosemary)
- Preheat the oven to 375F and butter a springform pan
- Cook the onion and celery with the butter in a skillet for 8-10 minutes over a medium heat
- Transfer to a bowl, allowing to cool for five minutes
- Whisk the eggs and chicken stock until combined in a bowl and then season with the salt and pepper, and then add the onion and celery mixture
- Stir in the focaccia
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the bread, is golden brown
- Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the pan
This is much better served warm. If you want to use leftovers, reheat in the microwave or oven.
Vegetable Side: Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Nobody likes Brussels sprouts on their own. While you’ll want to get the health benefits of sprouts, you’ll want to make them taste amazing. This gratin is the perfect way to do that.
- 3lb of Brussels sprouts, halved and trimmed
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2tbsp butter
- ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of half and half
- 9oz of Gruyere cheese, grated and divided
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375F and butter a baking dish
- Fill a pan with salted water and boil the sprouts for 5-8 minutes
- Drain the sprouts and rinse with cold water to quickly cool, and then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels
- In a saucepan, cook the butter and garlic over medium heat for a minute and then sprinkle with the flour
- Whisk the mixture for a minute, before adding in the half and half while whisking
- Simmer for 6-7 minutes, whisking regularly to help thicken
- Remove from the heat and then add in 6oz of the cheese, whisking, and season with the salt and pepper
- Pour everything into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese, and then bake for 25-30 minutes
Allow cooling a little before serving. The kids will barely notice that you’ve served them Brussels sprouts. If you want to go one step further, you can chop the sprouts after cooking to help mix in with the cheese. It’s not quite as filling, but you’ll disguise the fact that you have sprouts!
Potato Side: Slow Cooked Mash
Mash potatoes are a must-have for your Thanksgiving dinner. While they are well cooked normally, these will help to eliminate some of the stress from the day.
- 4lb of potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups of chicken stock
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1/3 cup of chives, fresh and chopped
- ½ cup of milk, warmed
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- In a slow cooker, cook the potatoes with the chicken stock and salt on high for up to 3 hours or low for up to 5 hours
- Drain the stock and put the potatoes back into the slow cooker
- Add the sour cream and mash to preferred consistency
- Fold in the chives and milk, adding more milk if necessary
- Season to taste and serve, topping with chives if you’d like
You will have people asking for seconds. You may find that this is a Sunday roast mash that you make a lot more regularly than Thanksgiving!
A Side Dish with a Difference: Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad
Potato and egg salad is commonly made, but you can opt for something a little different this Thanksgiving. You want to opt for a cauliflower and sweet potato salad instead. You get a mixture of flavors packed with a healthy punch.
- 1 1/2lbs sweet potatoes, chopped into wedges
- 1 cauliflower head, chopped into florets
- 7tbsp oil of choice, divided
- 3tbsp sherry vinegar
- 8 cups of mixed lettuces, torn
- 2/3 cup of pomegranate seeds
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil
- Mix the potatoes, cauliflower, and 3tbsp oil, seasoning with the salt and pepper
- Roast for 25-30 minutes
- Whisk the rest of the oil in the vinegar, seasoning with some salt and pepper
- Add the lettuce, pomegranate, and roasted vegetables and coat everything
With the Brussels sprouts and this potato salad, you will not need any more vegetables on the side. If you want them, just grab some frozen veggies like carrots and peas. You’ll find your guests won’t be that interested in them though.
Time for Dessert: Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Whoever said dessert has to be unhealthy and full of sugar? These alternative Snickerdoodles are the way to feed the sweet tooth without feeling like you’re forcing health onto your guests.
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3/4tsp salt
- 1/4tsp baking soda
- 1/4tsp cream of tartar
- 3 1/2tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1 cup of butter, sat at room temperature
- 1 can of sweet potato puree
- 2/3 pt of confectioners’ sugar
- 2tsp vanilla extract, preferably pure
- 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1 can of dulce de leche
- Whisk the flour with the salt, baking soda, 2tsp cinnamon, and cream of tartar
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter with the puree, 1 cup of granulated sugar, all the confectioners’ sugar, and all the vanilla extract until fluffy
- Add the eggs to the sweet potato puree mixture one at a time, beating until each one is blended
- Add the flour mixture until everything is combined
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours to overnight
- Preheat the oven to 375F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- Stir the rest of the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl
- Roll up the dough into 1tbsp balls and then roll into the sugared cinnamon
- Arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes
- Cook for a minute and then place on wire racks to continue cooling
- Spread the dulce de leche on the flat side of the cookies and sandwich two together
Second Dessert: Pumpkin Cookie Crust Cheesecake
While the sweet potato sandwich cookies are great, they’re just not quite a dessert, right? You want a pie or cake that you can cut into. This is where this second dessert will help. You get a mixture of needs and wants with the pumpkin, the cheesecake, and a delicious cookie crust. Make sure you have room for a second slice. You’ll want it!
- 12 pecan sandy cookies, plus extra to garnish
- ½ cup of pecans, roasted and salted preferably
- 3tbsp butter, melted
- 2tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/4tsp salt, divided
- 8oz cream cheese, left at room temperature
- 8oz of sour cream, left at room temperature
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 15 oz of pure pumpkin puree
- 2tsp vanilla extract, preferably pure
- 1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4tsp ground ginger
- 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 350F and place the rack in the middle
- Place the pecans and cookies in a blender and pulse until ground finely
- Add the butter, granulated sugar, a 1/4tsp salt, and pulse until combined
- Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and then bake for 10-12 minutes
- Allow to cool completely in the pan and then wrap the pan with aluminum foil
- Reduce the oven to 300F
- Beat the cheese with the brown sugar and sour cream until smooth and then add the eggs one at a time, beating each one
- Add the rest of the ingredients with the remaining salt, and beat until blended
- Pour the mixture into the cookie crust and bake for 1hr 10 minutes; the edges will be set, but the middle will still be wobbly
- Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in with door closed for an hour
- Remove from the oven and loosen the sides of the cheesecake from the pan with a knife gently, keeping the pan intact
- Allow to cook for an hour and then cover and chill for at least 8 hours
Only after chilling should you remove from the pan. This helps to keep the setting, so the cheesecake doesn’t end up an unserviceable mess! Serve with some of the pecans, cookies, and a bit of whipped cream!
My thanks to Danielle and her team. Have a wonderful Holiday!
Just celebrated the United States birthday of being 241 years old! Proud to be here but I really need to travel more. It really pays to know your history, it guides you into sorting out the core values of life and to gear toward what’s really important.
Still learning to go beyond jack of all trades – but things seem scattered picking a single thing to specialize in. It’s good to know, and wisdom is acquired very slowly. I talk to the older crowd to get direction with that.
Getting more organized and being stern to core values are key to directing inner happiness. To many of you reading this, just reading through some previous posts will assist in your own health and overall wellness.
The number 28 is very fascinating, I continue to grow along side of concepts with astrology, meshing with math. Exploring the beauty of geometry all around us is very rewarding.
Also, wisdom, justice, and love are 3 things that inspire to build a strong moral guideline, that helped me stay positive and strong.
Continue to stay healthy and live for those core values.
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What is wrong with September?
So much hate going on… Today I felt racism for the first time since I was in high school. That was over 15 years ago. I guess I have been blind to most of it. Until it happened to me.
You know I hear about the black lives matter ( of course they do, and all lives matter, but to my point…) and all talk about disrespecting the national anthem – it makes me pause, but I don’t really grasp it.
I hear the news, see the social media, and ya – hasn’t this always been an issue in America?
Well – it’s not until it comes after you – and stares you in the face – that will wake up your soul. And in that brief heartbeat – that moment – you see what they see. I tagged this in the category dark stuff.
It was in that moment that I realized – if it could happen to me, then it could happen to anyone.
What would happen if YOU stumbled upon those same issues, in your life?
One of the instant gut reactions I felt was – do it back to them. It’s only fair right? This was just a reaction – along with many others.
Being that I am almost 35, and not in school, I felt overwhelmed. I also didn’t respond strongly because that would have been out of anger. But if it was said directly to my person, what is the proper response? For a moment, I frantically started to think of a racist comeback. – Boom – almost brought me down to his level.
That is when I realized – I shouldn’t take it so serious ( right? ) – but we really need to help each other out. Also in context, if your friends exchange racist jokes with you and your both comfortable with it – that’s another story…
The USA is one of the most diverse cultures in the world.
What is the alternative? Should we just leave it the way it is? Maybe it will get better? Is it too broken to fix? Does anyone even care?
No respect. The KGB says they somehow purposely poisoned America’s moral values – decades ago – because after a generation the country will slowly implode and destroy itself.
Is that bullshit? I thought it was… It is… right? That is ridiculous ! RIGHT?
Or is that idea finally working?
It is also documented on YouTube about KGB agents who describe this idea in detail – and how they have been implementing it since the late 70’s.
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN.
So many questions – too few answers…
We NEED to RESPECT the country, our morals, and our way of life.
Be PROUD of who you are – as I know many others who live in other countries, but are much richer in family and pride. What happened to that?
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Help your community, your family, your neighbor. Why the fuck not? Don’t let the dark stuff get in your way!
God bless the USA
The Rio Gold Medals for USA 8/17/2016
I just want to say – that despite all the flaws in this nation, the United States of America, my home, hosts some of the most fantastic human beings ever created.
Against the entire world, somehow, someway, the USA is singing right now and is leading by over THIRTY medals. For the moment, even if short lived, I am proud of my country and it’s citizens!
Emails leaked, the DNC leader resigns due to the email content… So where is our democracy? Has it been hijacked?
If Clinton takes in all this money from other countries for her comfort and the foundation – what does that really mean? What exactly is that money in exchange for? You think I would give you hundreds of thousands of dollars and not want anything back?
We must be United. Washington said we would never fail from foreign enemy’s, but from within. They knew before we did.
Let’s not get too personal, but I went and looked up the Biography of a 100 people who changed the world. Christ was Number One on their list.
I discovered things I never knew that I will share with you. My personal option is I believe there is a god, and it is far more deeper and complex then what we see.
I believe god can create a conscience for all men who seek him, with love, can find him. Through meditation or prayer may be given his favor.
Only unselfishly if we ask for knowledge and wisdom, and not for material things or money (not an easy task I assure you) will you be enriched. If we can’t – but try – that is why we need his mercy. Read the book of Daniel for more about that.
Now our morals and values have degraded in America. Marriage and Religion are both declining. Down to the ground. So of course this is just the current situation, hopefully, it will improve in the near future.
I did find it interesting to see Number 4 on the list is Prince Siddhartha Buddha aka The Enlightened One.
My own option is anyone who seeks god will reach him, with true love, no matter what religion you are. In time – you will find him.
In a dream I had there was every church in the world all in a circle – with a beautiful lake in the middle with white sand all around. The Almighty was on a throne in clouds above it where you couldn’t see it sorta like starring directly at the sun, you just couldn’t quite make out what was there, except it hurts your eyes.
Then, all the churches and temples had specks of light floating up to the sky, maybe energy or holy spirit?
Just my opinion, my dreams, that I share with you all. I didn’t know much about the Buddha – but reading about him showed me how fascinating his teachings were.
The Christ and Buddha really did change the world. Here are some of the fundamentals of the teachings that I discovered about Prince Buddha to inspire you.
* The Four Noble Truths: That suffering is an inherent part of existence; that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that ignorance are attachment and craving; that attachment and craving can be ceased; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path will lead to the cessation of attachment and craving and therefore suffering.
* The Noble Eightfold Path: Right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
* Love. The Buddha stressed the importance of calming the mind and seeking the peace that each individual has within. With this inner peace, we can react to awkward situations with love, compassion and generosity.
Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.
– The Dhammapada
* Power of the Mind. The Buddha taught it is our own mind which creates our own suffering, but also we can use this power to create happiness.
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much
as your own unguarded thoughts.”
– The Buddha
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”
– Lord Buddha
The Eightfold plan is something I was unaware of. We are looking into this… I believe all cultures have something to offer to a reasonable mind.
While we are still talking about great people – the Dalai Lama comes to mind. Here is someone who is Number 65 on their list. Dalai Lama (1938 – ) Spiritual and political leader of Tibetans. SOURCE = 100 People Who Changed The World
Also fair to mention – Number 28 on their list is Konrad Adenauer (1876 – 1967) –German Chancellor post WWII.
Not our list but I understand.
June 2016 is here!
Hope you all are enjoying your friends, family, and getting the BBQ on!
Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the Republican presidential race.
There will still be many challenges to overcome, but we are with Trump. Strength has been gaining from the much needed right in the GOP.
We might have a leader with balls to put respect all around the world. China and Putin are powerful, and yet – they respect Trump.
Ted Cruz is done and out of the Republican presidential race, making headway for Donald to be the GOP Presidential nominee.
This was a shock as it seemed destined just a few weeks ago that we would end up a contested convention this summer. Cruz had insisted that he would stay in the race until June 7.
Following a painstaking loss to Donald Trump in Indiana, John also suspended his campaign.
Kasich was there all the way till the end – it has been reported that he called his closest friends saying “My heart is not in this.”
Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night -when Ted Cruz dropped out.
Trump needs 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination before a contested convention. He has currently has over 1,000.
They put everything on the line in Indiana – and still got beaten.
We wholeheartedly respect these two men, and wish them the best of luck. They are still gears in the American engine.
I believe it takes heart and guts to run for President. Cruz and Kasich had both.
We saw traffic jams around the polling places for a record breaking turnout. This is democracy at work.
We love the United States – I do fear our national debt and the underlying issues of this country. Not sure how much Senator Sanders can help, as taxing our way though this might not be the answer.
We will be standing by the Republican Party as we believe they deserve a chance to create a better America, just like the Democratic Party for the last 8 years.
This is also a huge chance for the Independent Party to become a greater part of the voting process, as we have seen record turnouts for them as well.
Also fair to mention is Mr. John Kasich, a true American, who comes runner up for the Republican Party. Hillary Rodham Clinton also raised a few eyebrows for the dems as well.
Today on February 7th, 2016 – North Korea launched a satellite into space. thenumber28 strongly apposes this and all nuclear testing. It has triggered a wave of international condemnation and prompting strong reaction from an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
Even though they claim peaceful purposes, it is being widely viewed by other countries as a front to test a ballistic missile, as last month North Korea reported they had a hydrogen bomb test last month.
Both acts are in defiance of U.N international sanctions.
It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington, DC, area. Lockheed Martin employs 116,000 people worldwide. Marillyn Hewson is the current President and CEO.
Lockheed Martin stands as one of the world’s premier companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry.
ICBM defense has a multi-tiered system. The United States and our allies would more than likely launch their countermeasures at the ICBM. Some of these defense measures include: jamming, other missiles, lasers, bullets from jets cannons, microwaves, and remotely taking control of the missile.
All the countermeasures are based on hitting the incoming weapon with our own missiles. We have a pretty large naval presence in the Pacific and lots of the boats are equipped to take out a intercontinental ICBM missile.
At the same time there are more likely additional, more classified tactics. ICBMs travel at Mach 10 so I’d imagine they have some electronic countermeasures as well, maybe involving trying to hijack and redirect the missile remotely using special developed military technology.
It was mentioned to me that marines in Japan’s naval forces in the area that antimissile awareness is one of their highest top priorities.
We will be watching North Korea very closely to see how they progress and also retaining faith in the United States government to counter all threats foreign and domestic.
The Number 28 Inc. proudly supports Mr. Donald J. Trump to be our next president of the United States of America and lead the free world.
Currently he holds the #1 lead at twenty eight percent.
We endorse him and wish him luck tomorrow at the Iowa Caucus 2016 event on February 1st, 2016.
Our country has done great things, putting a man on the moon just touches the surface on the freedoms and social conquests for humanity that the USA has established.
I fear what the world would become without the USA. However corruption, politics, greed, and gluttony has destroyed a once mighty nation. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves.
We NEED to Make America Great Again.
I believe in his pledge, his vision, and trust him to get the job done correctly and honorably.
We here at thenumber28 salute you, Mr. Trump. Godspeed.
Currently Donald J. Trump has surged past Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is holding a three-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll before the Iowa caucuses.
Trump leads Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 5 points.
Trump captures the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, compared to 23 percent for Cruz, 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
On the Democratic, the data shows Clinton up over Sanders 45 to 42 percent, with just three percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
I believe in America, I believe in Mr. Trump.
In God We Trust. Go Trump !!