Gwyneth Paltrow shares Thanksgiving recipes, still hasn’t updated her website

Gwyneth Paltrow’s holier-than-thou attitude hasn’t won her many friends over the years (except Madonna, but I don’t consider that any kind of character endorsement). Gwyneth continued telling everyone how good and pure she is on her new website She sends out a monthly email (though hasn’t updated the website at all) with advice, including not to eat for 12 hours and a list of foods to avoid. Yet she also just sent out an email with her favorite Thanksgiving recipes that focuses on a lot of the aforementioned bad foods.

Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I love when everyone comes together and celebrates the idea of gratitude, something we all mean to do every day, but seem to lose sight of most of the time. I also love the cooking – the days of planning and chopping and basting. This year, I decided to work out three variations on the traditional meal: a big group, a small gathering and a cozy dinner for two.

Turkey will always be the main event of Thanksgiving (at least in my house) and a whole turkey is the way to go if you’re feeding at least 12. But if your party is smaller, the stuffed turkey breast turns out to be a great halfway point. Brining it overnight insures that you don’t need to baste it and it has a quick cooking time. Why should things be any less festive if dinner is just for two? I came up with these stuffed turkey burgers which were a giant hit in my house. They are the perfect solution for anyone who isn’t feeding a big group (or for a big group that wants to try something different!).

Mostly, make sure that no matter what type of meal you are having, you take a moment to think about how much you do have (health, love, friendship, passion, perspective, appreciation, intellect, reason, kindness) and reflect on how you can share more of it with others.

— Gwyneth Paltrow

[From the Huffington Post]

Oh barf. So according to her original email from Goop, you should avoid all white foods, including flour, dairy, sugar. This also includes hidden sugars like high fructose corn syrup. You’re also supposed to avoid any foods with chemical preservatives or flavorings, and focus just on “real” foods. This isn’t bad advice in and of itself and Gwyneth is quoting others on most of it. But it’s pretty extreme for most people.

Ironically, her suggested Thanksgiving recipes have a lot of these ingredients in them. For example the cranberry chutney has 3/4 cup sugar, and the classic bread stuffing has 15 cups of 1/2˝ bread cubes (she recommends challah, wholegrain, or ciabatta). There’s also roasted sweet potatoes with maple syrup, and a pumpkin ice cream with a cup of graham cracker crumbs. I have yet to encounter a whole grain graham cracker, though Gwyneth and I probably shop at different grocery stores so who knows. That particular recipe also calls for 1 tablespoon sugar, 5 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 pint vanilla ice cream.

And then there is the cranberry ketchup. It’s only ingredients are 2 spoonfuls of cranberry chutney and 2 same-sized spoonfuls of ketchup. I’m not going to argue about the contradictory nutrition. I’m just going to point out that it sounds freaking disgusting.

I think most people relax their diets around the holidays. I certainly plan to on the actual days. Of course I also plan to be incredibly sick the next day, but it’s totally worth it. It’s just annoying that Gwyneth doesn’t make any, “it’s okay to treat yourself,” kind of comment. In her original email it sounds like she’s recommending being unrealistically strict. You don’t get the impression that there’s any flexibility there. And yet in the next email it’s all, “Eat all the crap I just told you not to!” with nary an explanation.

Personally I think Gwyneth might want to eat that Thanksgiving type diet a little more often. That crash after a sugar high might tone her down a bit.

Here’s Gwyneth at the French premiere of ‘Two Lovers’ in Paris on November 4th. I have a joke apron that looks very similar to this. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. Michael says:

    It’s Thanksgiving, a holiday just for the carnal enjoyment of food! It’s no contradiction to have one diet for day to day living and to let it go completely to enable complete indulgence a few times a year on holiday. 😀

  2. devilgirl says:

    I love her recipe for enjoying your meal again in the bathroom.

  3. xiaoecho says:

    Love the dress but she shouldn’t have worn anything underneath it – it covers the strategic bits.

    imagine wearing a see through dress with huge pants under it —-typical Paltrow

  4. Sunny says:

    Guess someone’s not Vegan anymore…

  5. Granger says:

    Brining the turkey? What, so she’s Martha Stewart now?

    I so so SO wish she would update that web site, because I need a good laugh everyday.

  6. morgs says:

    That dress is truly hideous.

  7. Baholicious says:

    That dress with the ‘Hanes Her Way’ is too much. It’s like wearing longjohns under a bikini.

    A great way to have a self-basting turkey is to lay several strips of bacon across it. Gives the skin a nice hint of smokey flavour too. You still have to baste but not as often.

  8. Chamalla says:

    Baho! OMG, I’m so doing that. I was wondering what the hell one had to do to the poor turkey to brine it. I don’t keep a vat of saltwater in the cellar for such purposes…. bacon sounds tastier, and more fun!

    I get the Goop, it gives me a chuckle. Some of those recipes made my mouth water, however. I’m on the pre-holiday-skinny-my-ass diet, I’m eating anything that doesn’t eat me first on T-giving.

  9. Sickitten says:

    Didn’t Gwyneth say on Oprah that she doesn’t eat anything that walks? Now this. Thank God for Gwyneth because I run a Paltrow fansite and she just gives me tons of material.

  10. MB Travis says:

    Ummm…her website is not meant to be “updated.” It’s merely a home base from which to collect email addresses for the (lame) newsletter.

  11. MB Travis says:

    Also, it’s misleading to say that she’s telling people not to eat for 12 hours. She’s essentially telling people not to eat in the four hours before they go to bed. Which is generally acknowledged to be nutritionally sound advice.

  12. Lia says:

    Poor Gwyn-Gwyn….. I’m sure she hasn’t updated her website because Madonna has not given her permission to do so.

  13. Christina X says:

    *Eats a twinkie*

    What a neurotic nightmare.

  14. Ter says:

    The dress is counterintuitive the way she is wearing it, one is supposed to look provocative in it, not like a granny, hence the lacy cut-outs, so ditch the knickers and brassiere.

    Baho – I second using the bacon as a natural basting device this year. My husband will be in “hog heaven”. Delish!

  15. Sixxkitty says:

    let me guess, at home in front of the mirror there were no flashbulbs. therefore its the papz fault we can see her white/ pastle nickers…
    oh wait, its the foods fault!!
    its too normal for us mortal folk! Please, kill us and save us from lil miss holier than thou… If i read one more spewed up, re-gurgicated article on her i’ll pass out! Sorry, Gwen, i read this by accicent and will be sittin on the bowl for a week to get over it!

  16. Granger says:

    Bacon on the turkey sounds awesome! For the last few years, I’ve soaked a big piece of cheesecloth in melted butter and white wine, then draped the cloth over the turkey and basted every half an hour with the leftover butter/wine mix and whatever’s at the bottom of the roasting pan. You remove the cheesecloth for the last hour of roasting, and I’m telling you, it gives you the most succulent, delicious bird!

  17. RReedy says:

    Actually the recipes on GOOP look pretty good.

  18. Lauri says:

    What a hideous dress!

    What a hideous person!

  19. Who would want to eat Gwyneth’s crazy turkey? We normal people love butter and fat.

  20. S. H. says:

    Dear Heavens.
    All that money/energy/time over having the “perfect” body and she leaves the house dressed like THAT???
    Gwen, ditch the trainer for a day or two and hire a stylist! You don’t have to go “commando” under a dress like that- but if you can’t bear to lose the comfy undies and shoes, at least wear another dress!!!

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