Fruit & Nuts & Sweet Potatoes

I don’t even have a name for this recipe…it is just what we make every Thanksgiving…we just call it sweet potatoes…but it is far beyond an ordinary dish of canned sweet potatoes topped with mini-marshmallows…it is real food goodness; where flavors mingle and even people who don’t like sweet potatoes will try it and proclaim it “not bad!”.

It is also a marvelous make ahead dish that travels well, reheats well and is pretty much fool proof!

Fruit & Nuts & Sweet Potatoes (THM CO)

First, peel (or not) and cook 5-6 medium sweet potatoes.  When cool, cut into bit sized pieces and place into a large bowl.

Next, peel (or not) and chopped 2 apples (I prefer apples that are crisp and a bit tart, like Braeburn) and add to the sweet potatoes.

Then mix in 1/2 – 1 cup (total) raisins or dried cranberries (or both) and 1/3 cup chopped pecans.

Mix 1 tsp cinnamon into 1/2 c. sugar (or Gentle Sweet) and mix in.

Pour everything into a 9×13 pan and dot with 1/4 cup butter (or you can use coconut oil for dairy free).

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

You can prepare the whole thing ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge until time to bake, or you can cook the whole thing ahead and just reheat (covered) when needed!

It is now two years since I started my Trim Healthy Mama journey.  Yep, I started my THM journey about two weeks before Thanksgiving…weird and crazy!?  Probably, but that is when the book can in at the library!  By Thanksgiving Day I had lost five pounds and could tell that my clothes were fitting better…it gave me the motivation and desire to stick with it, even over the holidays.

How do I continue to stick to my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle over the holidays?

  1. On the day of “the feast” aim to stay in crossover territory.  This is easier to do if you can bring some yummy dishes that you know are good for you AND festive, especially if you bring a dessert.  (Like Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie).   I think of the day as a whole not just as one meal…make sure to eat an S meal for breakfast (usually eggs) and at other times I aim for a light S or FP.
  2. Stick to the healthy, complex carbs…like the sweet potato dish you brought.  Avoid the refined carbs…dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, box stuffing, etc.
  3. Load up on fuel pull veggies…or offer to bring a raw veggie platter.  When everyone else is having second helpings, just have another big helping of fresh, raw veggies with dip!  Lots of vitamins and minerals, fiber and wonderful munchy, crunchy-ness!
  4. Keep home as a safe haven…banish all non-plan foods that will tempt you to cheat and make it a priority to try making that yummy looking on-plan sweet treat that you have been drooling over in the cookbook or from Pinterest.
  5. Give yourself abundant grace…you are only three hours away from being back on-plan!  Also, don’t worry about one or two meals throughout the holiday season…or even three or four!  If you can keep your home as a safe haven AND eat most of your meals/snacks at home, then you won’t have to worry about a few diversions!

Be thankful and JOYFUL for all the blessings you have been given!

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