This year marks the second Thanksgiving Chris and I have celebrated as a married couple. We’re so far from our family, but I’m so grateful that we have friends who kindly invite us to spend the holiday with their family (thanks, Steph!)
We started off the day at Steph’s grandparents’ house, watched a movie, then ended up at her parents’ house for my favorite thing EVER in the winter: hot pot.
Here is Steph’s dad taking care of two of our dinner “guests”:
If you haven’t had hot pot, it is what it sounds like: a pot of boiling water where you cook various veggies, seafood, meat, and tofu. You then dip your goodies into your choice of sauces. The one we used is a mix of Chinese bbq sauce and oyster sauce, with a small splash of soy sauce. You can also add whatever else you like…some people add Sriracha sauce.
It may not seem like a filling meal, but eat enough of it and you’ll be rolling out the door like we were. The best part about it is that it is SO healthy. There are really no carbs (except in the sauce you create, and the noodles at the end), and since everything is boiled in a pot of water, all the extra fat in the beef is boiled off. The very end of the meal is my personal favorite, especially if you’ve used crab and/or lobster: the water becomes a savory broth that is paired with noodles (in our case, udon noodles). The crab/lobster meat adds this nice, subtle sweetness to the soup that makes me want to dunk my head into the pot. That’s how good it is!
I am so thankful for all the blessings God has given my family and me. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!