You see meatballs…I see a “Violet Beauregard” moment. (Thank you Lisa on Facebook for correcting my blatant error – I originally attributed this moment to Veruca Salt. Not sure how I got the name mixed up…)
If you ever saw Willy Wonka you know Violet as a little girl who won a tour of the famed factory, only to meet her demise when she tried a candy that was supposed to encompass all the flavors of a holiday dinner in one little bite.
I have tried to create a Violet Beauregard moment – or rather a dish that delivers all the flavors of one big meal in a small package – every holiday season since my surgery. Why?
Because after surgery it can be nearly impossible to taste everything you want to taste from the Thanksgiving offerings. And here’s the deal. Thanksgiving food is sort of like a puzzle. Each individual piece is good, but it’s best when you have the parts together. So what can we do?
We can play with our food, as I always say! Let me tell you about this dish.
The bottom is a creamy whipped cauliflower and it is delicious. (If you don’t believe me, consider this. My 14 year-old wandered into the kitchen and asked for a taste after I plated the above dish. She ended up snacking on most of it!)
On top of that is a “Thanksgiving Meatball.” This isn’t your ordinary meatball. It’s got all the seasonings you’d find in…stuffing! But without the bread. The meatball is kept moist with the addition of grated zucchini and it really does remind you of a slice of turkey, complete with stuffing.
Finally, on top there is a low-sugar craisin sauce. It’s low sugar because I used no-sugar added craisins, which are craisins that don’t have the traditional sugar coating that regular craisins have. They are available in most grocery stores (or, if not, you can buy regular craisins and rinse them).
When you put it all together what you get is a wonderful bite that has turkey, stuffing, “mashed potatoes” and cranberry sauce – without the feeling being overfull. You can’t beat that!
Want even more weight loss-surgery friendly holiday recipes? Check out the Bariatric Foodie Holiday Survival Guide! It’s got all the classic holiday recipes, along with my best advice for surviving challenging holiday situations!