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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Braces-Friendly Entrees for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Do you have braces but is not sure what's safe to eat during the holidays? We found two delicious entrees that are not only healthy, but also braces-friendly. We wouldn't want you to spend your Thanksgiving coming in to repair a broken bracket! ;)

10-Shallot Spaghetti with Kale (serves 4)
What you'll need
2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tablespoon butter sliced into small pieces
10 large shallots thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
2 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
1 bunch kale, thinly sliced (Tuscan, black, or dinosaur kale will do)
1/2 cup grated percorino-romano or parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/4-1/2 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper for taste

1. Boil a large pot of water
2. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO and butter over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic and thyme along with salt and pepper. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until a light-caramel color forms.
3. Add salt to the boiling water. Cook the pasta.
4. Cook the kale in the same large pot for 4 minutes.
5. Take about a cup of the cooking water from the large pot and add to the shallot sauce.
6. Drain the pasta and add it to the pot along with the sauce. Toss for 1-2 minutes until flavor is absorbed.
7. Add in cheese and parsley and VOILA!

Barley Risotto with Shrimp (serves 4)
What you'll need
4 tablespoon butter
1 small onion diced
1 cup whole-grain barley
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
1 pinch crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon rosemary chopped
1 lemon, halt zested, half cut into wedges
salt and pepper for taste

1. Melt 2 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 1 minute. Add barley and wine for 3 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
2. Add broth and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 45 minutes until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
3. Add the shrimp into the barley. Cook for 4-5 minutes until shrimp are firm and pink.
4. Add 2 tablespoon butter and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper, rosemary and lemon zest. Serve with lemon wedges. BON APPETIT!

Let us know how these recipes worked out for you! If you have any braces-friendly recipes to share, please don't forget to comment below! :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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