A Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey - Serving Size, Thawing, and Roasting

As Thanksgiving approaches and you begin to prepare for your Thanksgiving turkey dinner you may be having questions about how much turkey you need per person. Or how long does it take to thaw a frozen turkey? Finally is the all important how long do I need to roast my turkey. Here are three guides to follow to help you achieve your perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkey Serving Guide - How much turkey to serve per person

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When planning your Thanksgiving turkey dinner it can be overwhelming wondering how much to serve per person. You will want to have enough for each person to have at least two servings and enough for turkey leftovers.

Up to 12lbs. = 1lb. per person

Over 12lbs. = 3/4lb. per person

Bone in breast = 1/2lb. per person

Boneless breast or role = 1/3lb. per person

Turkey Thawing Guide

Refrigerator thawing is the recommended method for thawing turkey. It used to be comon practice to thaw turkey in the sink with cold water. The problem with this method is that bacteria can grow on the turkey while it is thawing. This is the reason that refigerator thawing is recommended.

6 to 8lbs. = 1 to 1 ¾ days

8 to 12lbs. = 1 to 2 days

12 to 16lbs. = 2 to 3 days

16 to 20lbs. = 3 to 4 days

Bone and breast = 1 to 2 days

Boneless breast roll = 1 ½ to 2 days

Turkey Roasting Guide

Pre-heated 325° oven.

6 to 8lbs. = 2 ¼ to 3 ¼ hours

8 to 12lbs. = 3 to 4 hours

12 to 16lbs. = 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours

16 to 20lbs. = 4 to 5 hours

Bone and breast = 1 ½ to 2 ¼ hours

Boneless breast roll = 1 ¾ to 2 ½ hours

A Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey - Serving Size, Thawing, and Roasting

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Lemon Tilapia Fillet Dinner Recipes - Suitable For Diabetics and Others

This healthy and tasty menu and recipes features an entree of Lemon Tilapia Fillets with Unfried Green Tomatoes, Colorful Bell Pepper Salad, and Buttermilk Pie for dessert.


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4 tilapia fillets (approx. 5 oz each)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 lemons; slice into 6 slices each

1/4 cup shredded carrots

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

4 tsp butter

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle tilapia fillets with salt and pepper. Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper into 13" x 9" rectangles. Place 3 lemon slices crosswise in the center of each parchment rectangle. Top lemon with the fillets. Sprinkle carrots, dill and parsley evenly over fillets. Top each with 1 teaspoon butter. Fold parchment papers to make packets. Crease the folds but leave enough room for air to circulate. Place plackets on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until fish is opaque throughout. Serve immediately.

Serves 4. Per serving: 174 calories, 29 g protein, 1 g carbs. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine.


1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Dash of Splenda

3 green tomatoes, sliced into 1/2-in thick slices--should have 15-16 slices

1/3 cup fat-free milk

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and Splenda. Pour milk into a small bowl; dip tomato slices, one at a time, in milk then dredge in flour mixture. Lightly coat both sides of tomato slices with cooking spray. Place a baking sheet in oven and heat for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately coat with cooking spray. Place tomato slices on sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, turning about half way through cooking time.


1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp chopped cilantro

1/4 cup olive oil

4 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp lime juice

freshly ground black pepper

In a salad bowl, combine bell peppers, onion, corn, garlic and cilantro. Toss to mix. Add olive oil, vinegar and lime juice. Add black pepper and toss again. Add beans and toss to mix well. Chill before serving.


1 9-in unbaked pastry shell

1 3/4 cups Equal Sugar-Lite

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 large egg

1/2 cup egg substiture

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine Equal, flour and salt. Add butter, egg and egg substitute. Beat slightly with a rotary or electric mixer. Stir in buttermilk, beating with a wooden spoon. Blend in flavorings. Pour into pastry shell and bake 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.


Lemon Tilapia Fillet Dinner Recipes - Suitable For Diabetics and Others

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Here Comes Santa Clause

With Christmas looming around the corner talk of Santa Clause arriving is on the rise. Whether you want to dress up for the young ones in your household, play the role of Santa and various functions, be a mall Santa, or dress up for a themed Christmas party, there are plenty of price points to be found in Santa suits.

It's a time to celebrate. You can vision it now. Stockings hung by the chimney with care, family traditions, and the mistletoe over the door. The Christmas tree is bustling with beautiful ornaments, some new and some handed down for generations. And the kitchen always seems to have the smells of Christmas - eggnog, pumpkin pie, plum pudding, mince meat, cinnamon, Christmas cookies, and more.

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The Christmas tree is beginning to fill with gifts and all that's left is for Santa Clause to bring the presents for the children on Christmas Eve. The kids are busy shaking packages and trying to guess what's in them. Toys are always a hit with the kids and the girls love their dolls. Beautifully wrapped in gift boxes, and tied with ribbon, you almost want time to stand still so you can keep this look forever.

Santa suits sell out fast so you should get busy shopping for yours. After all what would Christmas be without a Santa Clause in the house. The kids will love it and it certainly adds to the festivities and a traditional Christmas.

Whatever the event you are going to dress up as Santa, and whatever your budget is, there are Santa costumes to fit that budget. From the fun more party like Mr. and Mrs. Clause suits, to the traditional Santa suit with long silky beard and beautiful velvet suit, you'll make the best Santa ever. You can even purchase a big wobbly belly just in case you don't have one of your own.

And remember there is more to Christmas than Santa costumes, especially if you will be attending a Christmas party. How about a Christmas Jester or an Elf costume. Then there is the sexy Mr. and Mrs. Santa costumes and let's not forget about the angel costumes.

If there are children or pets there's plenty of great choices too. Antlers for your dog or even a full Santa suit. Bells that jingle and jangle for your dog or cat. Children's costumes include the Grinch, elves, angels, and even mini Santa suits. So many choices. You can have plenty of fun if attending a Christmas theme costume party. Don't just choose Santa. Let your creativity flow and have a lot of fun. After all it's Christmas.

While at the party be sure to enjoy the delicious eggnog, candy canes, and Christmas cookies. Be sure to enjoy all the sites and smells that go with this festive season. Santa Clause is coming to town and he'll begin to make his appearance very shortly. If you plan to have a Santa suit the time to shop is right now. You don't want the selection picked over.

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