What To Do With All Of Those Turkey Leftovers – 3 Light And Easy Recipes
* Tip: If anything did not go smoothly, and you know how you would change things to fix if for Christmas, Easter or next year’s Thanksgiving, write it down on a piece of paper and store it with your Thanksgiving recipes, so that it will be refreshed in your mind when you attempt another Holiday feast!
Now…what the heck to do with all those gorgeous leftovers?
If you have turkey leftovers, like we usually do, after making a huge, 20 lb turkey…
Here are 3 ideas on what to do with it all!
Three Light, Simple and Easy Meals from Turkey Leftovers
By Constance Weygandt
If you’re like me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, every year, is a blur. There never seems to be enough time to prepare for the holidays. Our immune systems plummet and stress rises. During this time, I try to find shortcuts to make things less stressful, for myself. Turkey leftovers are a mandatory part of this strategy. Even if the family dinner is not at my home, I buy a turkey. During the holiday season, it is very economical and a lifesaver.
Here are three light, simple and easy ways to use your turkey leftovers:
1. Turkey Quesidillas: Spray a whole wheat flour tortilla with Butter Pam. Place in frying pan and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped turkey pieces and sliced green onion. Place another tortilla on top and spray with Butter Pam. Brown on both sides until cheese is melted. You can add some chopped olives or jalapeno peppers if you desire. Serve with salsa.
2. Spinach and Turkey Salad: Mix together – chopped turkey, bacon flavored almonds, dried cranberries and fresh spinach. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette or honey mustard salad dressing.
3. Turkey Soup: I cook the turkey carcass the weekend after Thanksgiving. You can do that or use canned chicken broth, chopped turkey and a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables. Pour everything in a pan and heat through until vegetables are crisp and tender, about fifteen to twenty minutes. Serve with a good brown bread.
While I still love hot open faced turkey sandwiches and all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving, these fast and easy meals provide a break in more ways than one. We are constantly bombarded with food and goodies during this time of year. It’s good to intersperse light dinners with heavier meals. All of these dinners can be made in thirty minutes or less. When we arrive home, after working or shopping or usually both, a light meal which takes almost no effort is a welcome relief. Having a light meal, once or twice a week, also helps to keep the calories from skyrocketing. So, give yourself a break, during the busiest time of the year. Your mind and your body will thank you for it.
Constance Weygandt is a balance mentor who specializes in finding answers for those individuals who are seeking an alternative to conventional weight management. For more information or to sign up for Constance’s newsletter, visit her website at http://www.balancedwellnessonline.com.
I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of Cooking With Kimberly! Until next time…
Kimberly Edwards 😀
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