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ISO kid-friendly Christmas-day carryout or minimal prep, diabetic/heart-healthy, Manassas/Southern MD

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ISO kid-friendly Christmas-day carryout or minimal prep, diabetic/heart-healthy, Manassas/Southern MD

john clark | Dec 18, 2003 09:20 AM

This could be a toughie. Visiting in-laws in Manassas over Christmas, and then literally over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house -- my mom -- in St. Mary's County, MD, for Christmas dinner. And dinner's on me, as mom is having health difficulties lately.

We have a three-year-old who can be very patient but not all day. Mom's house is not childproof at all. I need to visit with my mom, help my wife keep the boy from having a showdown with mom's peevish Jack Russell, and get some dinner on the table in a kitchen not my own, probably with dull knives. A holiday dinner, with a diabetic angle.

Mom's a standing rib roast kind of gal but I think that's too fatty for a diabetic -- from what I hear her new diet is basically a strict heart-healthy regime plus no sugar. I thought of roasting some game hens with rice stuffing and I think that may be the way to go. But if there's a quality option for some carryout that would fit this scenario I would be so happy not to cook.

Otoh, I would rather cook than get some non-excellent carryout. I would rather have a nose on my ass than go to Boston Market, and Honeybaked is not really a product that I believe in either. Not that I really expect anyone to know of a little shack where a guy sells country ham and smoked turkeys and sides -- and he's open on Christmas! -- but, any advice?

I guess I'm mainly looking for sources here -- I might post on General Topics looking for suggetstions on methods. At home, I mostly shop at Whole Foods and the farmers' market, and I prefer that sort of thing. I know that the DC area has lots of cool resources but I won't be able to get very far from Manassas to shop.

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