Friday, November 16, 2012

Millie's Mail Bag

Sarah from Charleston, WV asks, "What dishes do you recommend for Thanksgiving?" 

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and friends. The first thing I recommend is to view my 12 Ideas for Entertaining and make sure you feed your guests the way you want to feed yourself. 

Next, it is very important to supplement your lean turkey meal. You want to have healthy and tasty side dishes. Three dishes I recommend are:

Favorite Rice Casserole
This long-time favorite has dressed my table at many dinner parties and family gatherings.  It goes with almost any entrée and always adds just the right touch.
Makes 8 servings

4          teaspoons margarine
1          cup brown rice, uncooked (8 ounces)
1          8-ounce can mushroom pieces, drained
2          packets low-sodium instant beef-flavored broth mix
2          tablespoons minced onion flakes
2¾       cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spray a 1½-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt margarine in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in rice.  Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Place mixture in prepared casserole.

Bake, covered, 1 hour and 5 minutes, stirring once after 45 minutes of cooking.

Each Serving Provides
Calories 121
Total Fat 2.7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 133mg
Total Carbohydrate 20.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.6g
Protein 3g 

Baked Orange Squash
The complementary flavors of orange and cinnamon really enhance the squash in this delicious casserole. It's good for holidays or any day.

Makes 4 servings

2          cups mashed, cooked butternut or acorn squash*
¼         cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1          tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon firmly packed brown sugar
½         teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
         teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375°.

Spray a 1-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. Spoon into prepared baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.

*  To cook winter squash, cut squash into halves or quarters and remove the seeds.  Place squash, cut-side down, in a shallow baking pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.  Then turn squash cut-side up and continue to bake until tender, about 30 minutes.  Remove peel.

Each Serving Provides
Calories 112
Total Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 6mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.3g
Dietary Fiber 4.6g
Protein 1.5g

If you have any questions please comment below, and I will do my best to answer them! Thanks!


  1. Millie~ When you linked up to my Pin Me party did you know I LOVE BUTTERNUT?? I've pinned this because I have to try this various! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you come back again!

  2. Thanks Diana! I will definitely come back again! Enjoy! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.