Posts Tagged ‘turkey’

Organic Thanksgiving Dinner?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

If your house is anything like mine, there’ll be LOADS of food at the dinner table on Thursday. As I get ready to help my mother prepare our Thanksgiving meal, I’ve noticed more organic foods are available at the grocery store. From organic turkeys to organic whipped cream, it seems you can by almost anything organic.

The New York Times Well column recently blogged about the cost of an organic Thanksgiving Day meal compared to a non-organic one. They found you could end up paying nearly 75% more when going all organic!

These rough economic times can make it hard to shop for food on a budget. And the American Dietetic Association says that more research needs to be done before we know for sure if organic foods are healthier or safer than other foods.

If you have a tight budget but want to buy some organic foods, try going for the foods that usually have more pesticide residue as compared to their organic versions. These include foods like lettuce, potatoes, apples or pears. But don’t sacrifice good nutrition for the organic label.  It’s more important that you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies than buy the organic whipped cream!

I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving and I need help!!!!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

When I volunteered to host Thanksgiving a few months ago everyone looked at me as if I were crazy. You think you’ll be up to that? I thought yeah, why not? Well, with two days to go I’m beginning to understand why the family was concerned. I’m in my third trimester and getting bigger by the day. The energy I had during my second trimester is starting to dwindle, too. I’m expecting 17 people for dinner and a few more might stop by for dessert. DOH! I’m a little panicked between getting the house ready, grocery shopping and crossing things off my enormous to-do list. Fortunately, my MIL is sleeping over the night before and will help get the turkey in the oven in the morning. It’s going to be a long day though. HELP! Any suggestions for keeping organized, calm and comfortable would be most appreciated.

Food safety tips for turkey time

Monday, November 24th, 2008

In a few days, many of us will be getting ready to roast a turkey, or other favorite dish, and prepare all the fixings for Thanksgiving.  While times are hard and we are worried about many things, we still can find much to be thankful for, like the dinner we’re getting ready to share and the leftovers to follow.

Family meals and parties with friends that include food are all part of the enjoyment of the holidays.  It’s important to remember food safety tips during the holiday crush because we certainly would not be thankful for stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and other nasty symptoms caused by contaminated food or drink.  It’s easy to get sidetracked and postpone putting those leftovers in the refrigerator when you’re in a large group of boisterous people (that would be my house).  Brush up on your food safety tips and assign cleanup duty to certain people who you know will help you keep to a food safe timetable.  And if you’re expecting, be sure to keep in mind food-borne risks in pregnancy.

Happy Thanksgiving this Thursday, and thanks for visiting our blog.