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Thanksgiving Prep Cheat Sheet!

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About 15 years ago I made a document for my first Thanksgiving dinner I was hosting in NYC with all my “homeless” dancer friends.  Since we all performed during and on the holidays, we were each other’s family since we couldn’t travel.  That guide has been shared with many, and it has gotten longer each year.  I decided it was time to make a “cheat sheet” with the timing of preparation that could be used with any recipes you may choose.  These are the traditional dishes one might see.  I hope this helps! The Turkey Clean your turkey well as Read More

Butternut Squash

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This is a great dish you can make ahead and reheat before serving. I always choose this dish and a turnip dish to make ahead while many I just “prep”. These won’t taste as “leftovers” as many others might. Serves 10-12 INGREDIENTS: 3 lbs butternut squash (=4 squashes) ½ cup butter ¼ cup light brown sugar 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1/3 tsp white pepper ½ tsp ground nutmeg *Adjust seasoning as needed INSTRUCTIONS: Peel and cut 3 lbs (=4 squashes) Boil for 20 minutes, drain for 5 minutes in a colander. Transfer to a bowl while hot and mix/whip Read More

Simple & Traditional mashed Potatoes

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I prefer to keep things as light as possible on Thanksgiving Day when I cook because there are ALWAYS the heavy hitters. One dish I make traditional is mashed potatoes with butter and milk. I will say that I use organic unsalted butter and 2% milk rather than whole (aka 4%).  I don’t measure, but rather add a little as I go along and go by taste. It’s truly impossible to give you exact measurements because it depends on the number of the potatoes and how much they weigh. INGREDIENTS: Maine or Yukon Potatoes (do not use Idaho!) Organic unsalted Read More

Maple Glazed Turkey

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I can remember hosting my first Thanksgiving in NYC like it was yesterday.  I opted out of NOT performing with The Radio City Rockettes since I performed each year with them since 1997.  I wanted to have a traditional (aka Martha Stewart like) Thanksgiving dinner party.  I put a guide together with the help of my mother and it has been a work in progress for 15 years. I have shared it with many first timers! Here is my favorite way to cook a turkey… gobble gobble. INGREDIENTS: Organic unsalted butter Sea salt Freshly ground pepper Maple syrup INSTRUCTIONS: Pre-heat Read More

How To Buy The Best Turkey

  • Written by Jaime Windrow, RD
  • On November 1, 2016
  • Posted in Nutrition Tips

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When buying a turkey for Thanksgiving this year, plan on 1 pound per person when choosing a size.  If you want extra leftovers, choose 1.25 pounds per person and whatever you don’t eat – freeze for a later date!  Fresh or frozen turkey? If you are buying a fresh turkey, be sure to order in advance.  If you miss the boat and have to purchase a frozen one, leave time for thawing. For every 5 pounds of turkey, you need 1 day of thawing in the refrigerator, which is the preferred safest method.   That means a 20-pound frozen turkey needs Read More

My Favorite Traveling Snack Eats

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I recently developed a webinar for “Eating on the Go” or as I like to call “traveling eats!”.  Part of the presentation was my favorite dry snacks that are all packable.  I thought, what a great resource to have them here!  Most are grain-free and it’s a mix of carbohydrate, fat and protein options. Remember to try and have at least 2 of the 3 macronutrients I just stated when sitting down to have a snack.  For example, if you want a piece of fruit (carb) have some nuts (fat) or a string cheese (protein) with it. Bam done! Here’s Read More

Fast Food – Is This Really An Option?

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As a mom, I know how hard it can be to balance a family, career, activities and just life in general! I get asked about fast food restaurants quite often and I thought I would share some of the best meal options from a few.  Now do I think you or your kids should be eating fast food every day? No.  But I do know that life happens and even with the best intentions to prepare, we are left with going to a drive through.  So here we go…. Chipolte - Go for a bowl (with no or little rice) which Read More

How To Build A Strong Immune System

  • Written by Jaime Windrow, RD
  • On October 20, 2016
  • Posted in Nutrition Tips

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We are officially entering “flu” season, so take control of your health by building a strong immune system.  Fight off any colds or viruses that might be going around the office, school or playground by focusing on these foods, herbs, oils and supplements.  Foods to include in your weekly diet: leafy greens such as kale, spinach and arugula; walnuts, quinoa, Greek yogurt, blueberries, Japanese mushrooms, ginger, lemon and garlic. Taking a daily probiotic, vitamin C, vitamin D3 and EPA/DHA supplements have also been shown to aid in a strong immune and gut health.  And if you’re looking for some other Read More

Why eating pumpkins can help with your vision

  • Written by Jaime Windrow, RD
  • On October 18, 2016
  • Posted in Nutrition Tips

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During the rest of the month of October and through the Autumn season, take the opportunity and availability of pumpkins.   A ½ cup of cooked pumpkin contains 100% of your recommended intake of Vitamin A, which aids in good vision.  It’s low calorie, has 3 grams of fiber per 1 cup cooked and is antioxidant rich!  It’s hock full beta-carotene, contains more potassium than a banana and 20% of recommended intake of Vitamin C in 1 cup.  Go get your pumpkin on and try my recipe for homemade pumpkin butter which is on the recipe blog!  Move over peanut butter Read More

Apples, Apples, and More Apples…

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Last year around this time I made a last minute trip up North, which meant a day at the apple orchids for my family. I wish I was doing the same this year! I was so excited because I usually don’t get the chance to visit the Northeast from my South Florida home during the month of October, so this was a special treat!  We went a little overboard because I wanted to make sure we picked apples from each variety, which was about a dozen. With my over-committed ½ bushel bag, I head to my mother’s with a plan… Read More