As we know, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. A holiday that is usually associated with large meals and overeating, should really be focused on quality time with friends and family. This Thanksgiving, try to make healthful swaps to make classic dishes more bariatric friendly. Try choosing lower-carbohydrate options and lower-fat options. Swapping mashed potatoes for mashed butternut squash is a great alternative!
Check out the recipe:
Mashed Butternut Squash
1 butternut squash
2 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp sage minced
1 tsp thyme minced
Steam butternut squash. I do this in a large pot with 1″ of water and a steamer basket (squash goes in the basket). Then cover with a lid and steam until fork tender (about 13-15 minutes). Alternatively, you can do this in the microwave or without the steamer basket in a heavy bottom pot.
Remove steamer basket and water from the pot.
Melt butter in a pot over medium-high heat.
FOR SAVORY: Add garlic and herbs to melted butter. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, and add butternut squash and salt.
FOR SWEET: Add brown sugar (or erythritol), cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mash using a potato masher, an immersion blender, or place ingredients in a high-speed blender*.
Taste seasoning and adjust to your taste (I always add 1 more teaspoon of salt for savory). Enjoy!