Love those Leftovers!

How to Love your Thanksgiving Leftovers

While I gave some recommendations for altering dishes to reduce sodium and sugar a few weeks ago, I thought this week I could give some leftover ideas for the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Remember on Thanksgiving to listen to your body. We enjoy food more when it makes us feel good, so take the time to be mindful in the moment of your meal, enjoying and noticing every bite! Have a great day everyone!

Breakfast ideas

Stuffing egg bowls:
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Press stuffing against bottom and sides of muffin tin.
Mix 6 eggs with 1 cup thawed spinach (or other leftover vegetable, chopped)
pour equal amounts of egg mixture into each stuffing lined muffin tin
Bake for 15 minutes
Open-face Sweet Potato Sandwich
Mix leftover sweet potato dish with 1 egg
Flatten mixture into pancake shape and cook in pan over medium heat until more firm
Top with turkey or tofu, cranberry sauce and gravy

Lunch and Dinner

Turkey Cheddar and Spinach Panini
Spread cranberry sauce on 1 slice of whole grain bread
Add turkey or tofu and spinach or kale
Shred 1 ounce (1/4 cup) of cheddar or use 1 oz nut cheese and add to Sandwich
Top with a second slice of whole grain bread
Cook like a grilled cheese in a pan or in a panini press
Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Dice leftover turkey and mix with equal amounts leftover stuffing and vegetables
Spoon mixture onto romaine lettuce leaves or cabbage leave
Wrap up like a tortilla wrap or taco and eat!
Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
In a stockpot, saute 1 clove garlic and 1 chopped onion
Stir well and let brown 3-5 minutes
Add 1 can low sodium diced tomatoes and 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
Stir well and let simmer 3-5 minutes
Add diced turkey and leftover sweet potatoes
Add 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp oregano, black pepper to taste
Stir well

Planning to head out on Black Friday?

Many people shop at crazy hours of the day and for long periods of time the day after Thanksgiving. If you choose to go out and shop, be smart and plan ahead so that you don’t end up ravenous. This not only makes you more irritable and stressed, putting a damper on the holiday spirit, but also means you are likely to overeat later on or stop and grab unhealthy meals while out.

  • Bring a bottle of water. Many places now have refillable filtered water stations so you can fill up as soon as you’re out. Don’t just rely on coffee!!
  • Pack an “emergency snack”- it can make a big difference in how you’ll feel and how your appetite will react later on.

What’s your favorite way to eat leftovers?

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