Last night, I stopped by the Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event to create a “perfect Thanksgiving meal” with the $50 gift card Sam’s Club sent me. I decided to do ham instead of turkey (everyone does turkey!) And I tried to keep the meal as healthy as possible - but a little indulgent, too. I also wanted to have an easy and convenient meal, so I chose to make the ham in one of my large 6-quart crock pots.
Here’s what I purchased (prices at your Sam’s Club may differ):
- Member’s Mark Boneless Spiral Ham – $14.24 for nearly 5 pounds of ham
- Member’s Mark All Natural Mashed Potatoes - $6.86
- 5 pound bag of sweet potatoes - $3.49
- 2 pound bag of Brussels sprouts - $4.97
Subtotal - $29.56
And then there was dessert
Dessert was a hard decision. Pricewise there were many affordable choices as most of pies, cookies, cakes and cheesecakes were under $15. However, due to my daughter’s nut allergies and my mother-in-law’s sensitivity to gluten, most of the desserts weren’t a good fit for my family. No pecan pie, no tiramisu, no baklava (my fave) and no red velvet cake for us. Boo!
My gluten free mother-in-law can have cheesecake (she cuts off the graham cracker crust) and the ones in the Sam’s Club bakery were gorgeous and very tempting. But cheesecake didn’t seem very Thanksgiving-ish to me. I checked out the Cheesecake Factory pumpkin cheesecake in the freezer section, but it was full of ingredients I wasn’t comfortable with, like high fructose corn syrup. Plus both were HUGE. Since there will only be five of us this year, I didn’t want to buy a too much dessert. I don’t mind indulging on Thanksgiving, but I don’t want to keep stuffing my face with treats for days afterwards.
A healthier dessert option
It was the fresh fruit and berries in the produce section that caught my eye - persimmons, pomegranates, kiwi, Cuties mandarin oranges, several types of apples, Driscoll’s raspberries and blackberries, and several varieties of pears. But I wanted a decadent treat, too. Then it hit me – a cheese and fruit dessert plate. Perfect!
- A big wedge of Devon Squire White Stilton with Cranberries - $12.23
- 4 pound box of petit sugar pears - $5.98 (I tried these when I visited Sam’s Club headquarters last September. Really delicious with a unique almost wine-like flavor.)
Grand total: $47.77
A pretty fancy meal for a great price!
A healthy Thanksgiving feast
As long as you keep your portion sizes reasonable (small!) ham isn’t too bad a choice. Turkey is obviously a lot leaner, but not everyone likes turkey.
Brussels sprouts are super healthy as long as you don’t cover them in butter or cheese sauce. I like to roast my Brussels sprouts in olive oil with a little bit of sea salt and pepper instead.
Sweet potatoes are full of fiber and antioxidants. You can microwave them for five minutes and serve them like a baked potato with a pat of a low saturated fat, buttery spread like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Or you can mash them – use skim milk (or vegetable broth) and a small amount of buttery spread along with salt and pepper.
While the Member’s Mark All Natural Mashed Potatoes are delicious, a third of its calories come from fat. Healthier choices from Sam’s Club would be a tossed salad with feta cheese crumbles and berries. Or you could cook up another vegetable like green beans or asparagus.
More healthy vegetable recipes:
- Oven Roasted Asparagus and Smashed Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus and Broccoli with Toasted Hazelnuts
- Roasted veggies
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