A Perfect Low-Sodium Thanksgiving

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Maintaining a low-sodium diet during the holidays doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on holiday traditions.  We’ve developed this guide to help you have the perfect low-sodium Thanksgiving, which is low on salt but full of flavor!  This guide includes a list of easy-to-follow recipes that you can use, as well as a shopping list of ingredients to make your meal planning easier than ever!  Finally, we finish up with a timeline that takes the guesswork out of planning the big day.

The Menu

All of the classic fixins’ are including in this scrumptious holiday meal.

Perfect Roasted Turkey

Crisp skin, moist and juicy breast meat make this roasted turkey the perfect centerpiece for your thanksgiving meal.  With only 60.4 mg of sodium per 3-ounce serving, you can feel great about serving this to your family and friends.  This turkey is stuffed with lemons and onions while roasting, giving it an amazing, fresh and savory flavor.

 

Savory Low Sodium Stuffing

A holiday tradition- without the salt! We enjoy the extra crunch that the water chestnuts add to this dish, but they can be omitted if they aren’t your cup of tea.  There are only 12.9 mg of sodium per serving in this delicious dish!

 

 

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Tart, sweet, and flavorful.  What is Thanksgiving without a little cranberry sauce to go with your turkey dinner?  Once you make your own, you’ll never buy the store bought stuff again.  Cranberry sauce is, naturally, low in sodium (1.3 mg per serving), making it a perfect addition to the perfect roasted turkey.

 

 

Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Brown and bubbly on the top, creamy cheesy goodness underneath. These scalloped potatoes are easy to make but pack a punch of flavor.  A great side dish for your Thanksgiving meal with 82.5 mg of sodium per serving.

 

 

Balsamic Roasted Green Beans

A nice, light, and easy-to make side.  The sweet and tangy flavor of the balsamic vinegar adds flare to these healthy green beans!  This veggie side dish only has 4.8 mg of sodium per serving.
 
 
 
 
 

No-Salt Crescent Rolls

Brown and bubbly on the top, creamy cheesy goodness underneath. These scalloped potatoes are easy to make but pack a punch of flavor. A great side dish for your Thanksgiving meal with 82.5 mg of sodium per serving.

 

 

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Creamy cheesecake, a shortbread crust, and the classic flavors of Fall.  Is it cheesecake or is it pumpkin pie?  We’re not sure, but we do know that it’s absolutely delicious!  Creamy Mascarpone cheese is used instead of cream cheese to keep the sodium low (27.5 mg per serving!)

 

 

Shopping List

This list is split up into items that you probably have in your pantry already (but should double-check for before you start cooking), and items you’ll likely have to pick up at the store.

From the Grocery Store

  • 1 12-pound fresh turkey (or frozen, thawed)
  • 5 medium-size onions
  • 4 cups fresh green beans
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 pound of potatoes
  • 1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 2 whole oranges (for 1/2 cup juice)
  • 2 whole lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups grated low sodium Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups 2% milk

 

      • 1/2 cup heavy cream
      • 1/2 cup sour cream
      • 2 8-ounce packages Mascarpone cheese
      • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
      • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
      • 1/2 cup minced walnuts
      • 2/3 cup honey
      • 1 8-0unce can water chestnuts
      • 1 8-ounce container of light frozen whipped topping
      • 1 package no-flavor gelatin

FFrom the Pantry

  • 11 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 8 1/2 teaspoons baker’s yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
      • 4 teaspoons onion powder
      • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
      • 1 1/8 teaspoon paprika
      • 1 teaspoon sage
      • 3/4 teaspoon thyme
      • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
      • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
      • 1 egg
      • 3 tablespoons olive oil
      • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
      • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
      • 1 1/2 cups butter

 

The Timeline

This game plan will ensure your Thanksgiving meal is perfectly timed and stress-free.  All baked items are placed in the oven at 350°F, and multiple items can be placed in the oven at the same time.

The Day Before

  1. Bake the Country Wheat Bread so that is can be used for stuffing the next day.
  2. Make the No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake and place in refrigerator to set.
  3. Make Classic Cranberry Sauce and place in refrigerator to set.

4 1/2 Hours Before Dinner

  1. Prepare Perfect Roasted Turkey and begin roasting.
  2. Begin to prepare Savory Low Sodium Stuffing by cutting up bread and allowing it to dry.

2 1/2 Hours Before Dinner

  1. Continue to prepare Savory Low Sodium Stuffing and set aside until time to bake.
  2. Prepare Swiss Scalloped Potatoes and set aside until time to bake.

2 Hours Before Dinner

  1. Begin to prepare No-Salt Crescent Rolls and set them aside to let them rise.

1 Hour and 15 Minutes Before Dinner

  1. Place Swiss Scalloped Potatoes in oven with turkey.

I Hour Before Dinner

  1. Add Savory Low Sodium Stuffing to the oven with the turkey and potatoes.

30 Minutes Before Dinner

  1. Cut and fold dough from No-Salt Crescent Rolls and let rise once more.
  2. Prepare Balsamic Roasted Green Beans and set aside until time to roast.
  3. Remove foil from turkey to brown the skin.

20 Minutes Before Dinner

  1. Remove turkey, potatoes, and stuffing from oven.
  2. Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  3. Place No-Salt Crescent Rolls and Balsamic Roasted Green Beans in the oven.

5 Minutes Before Dinner

  1. Remove rolls and green beans from oven.
  2. Prepare all dishes for serving.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, from Low Sodium Gourmet!

Please consult your doctor before starting a low sodium diet to ensure it is right for you.

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