RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Every Thanksgiving the chefs at Roundabout Catering whip up meals for those who don't want to spend all day in the kitchen.
"Some years we get 20 orders, some years we get 50, it just depends," said Chef/Owner Colin Smith. "It's one call and you're done."
In keeping with the company's healthy meal plan program, they're offering more calorie-conscious options this year. In fact, the chefs have created a complete fest that's paleo-friendly and gluten-free.
"It makes it easy for people because we watch the calories, we watch the carbohydrate loads," Smith said. "It's part of the healthy lifestyle we really believe in here."
The paleo-friendly, gluten-free menu includes roast turkey with gravy, cranberry-apple ginger sauce, whipped yams with pecans, green beans with caramelized onions and almonds, an oatmeal turkey sage stuffing and nonfat pumpkin cheesecake. The meal serves six and costs $155.
"You go out shopping for Thanksgiving for six people, you're going to spend a couple hundred dollars," Smith said. "Then you spend all day in the kitchen. This is cost-effective even if you want to fill in some things around the edges."
The gravy is thickened with cornstarch; the cranberry sauce is reduced with apples and pears. The yams are flavored with orange juice and stock and the green beans are cooked in coconut butter. The stuffing is a mixture of oatmeal, egg whites and applesauce, sautéed with turkey sausage, apples and pecans.
"When you're watching the fat content you've got to really rely on spices and seasonings," Smith said. "Herbs, vinegars, fruit; that way you're getting your seasoning and your flavors out of the food but you're not adding any additional fats like butter and other things that blow up the calorie content."
They're taking orders now to be picked up the day before Thanksgiving. Click here for more information.