Hey y’all! Thanksgiving is JUST around the corner!
I looooooove Thanksgiving; I’m blessed to be born into a family of great cooks! Unfortunately, this year I will not be around to taste the delicious fare… like dolmas and cous-cous that my Aunt Gwen and Uncle Steve make, the succulent and always-classic green bean casserole that my Uncle Greg prides himself on, the German-inspired saurkraut my Nana prepares, OR the delicious homemade cranberry sauce my cousin Cecilia whips up for the family. It’s a little sad. But we are happy to be jetting off to Belize for some Caribbean fare and salty breezes (it’s our honeymoon!!!!) instead.
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks. And about food. And with food always comes leftovers. Especially when you cook for large amounts of people. I’m here to share with you some of my favorite ways to eat leftovers, Thanksgiving or not! Good food should never go to waste.
You made: roasted chicken You ate: all of the parts that were the best (the breasts, usually)
Option 1: Make chicken and rice soup. Take the legs and wings apart, throw in to a pot (keep some bones in, it’s good for the broth) with chicken (or veggie) stock, 1/4 cup of rice, 2 cups celery, 2 cups carrots, half an onion, some garlic, some red pepper and some rosemary. Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer until the rice cooks ALL THE WAY. Voila!
Option 2: Make chicken quesadillas (we are doing it tonight!) with whole wheat wraps, whatever cheese, some kale or spinach as filler, and Greek yogurt and salsa to dip. YUM!
You made: stir fry You ate: all of the parts that were the best (the veggies, usually)
Bring the rice back to life in a pot by sprinkling some water, soy sauce, siracha, and lime juice. Cover and let the rice absorb the moisture (it can take a minute). Once the rice is back to life, you can add steamed cabbage, cucumber, carrot, a fried egg, and cilantro to make a yummy (and hearty) Vietnamese style rice dish.
You made: veggie spaghetti You ate: everything but some noodles
You don’t even have to heat anything up! Toss the noodles with 2 parts oil, 1 part vinegar (balsamic or white balsamic works best), black pepper, some oregano (and garlic if you’re willing). Add to any Italian-style salad. Or just add olives, mozzarella, and capers for a refreshing Italian dish!
You made: homemade bread You ate: some of it, but not all of it, and it went stale!
One word: CROUTONS! Cut up all of your bread into cubes, put the oven on 300, toss the cubes in plenty of oil, salt, and pepper (and any other spice you might like) and bake til brown. Perfect for salad OR for snacking.
You made: so many roasted veggies You ate: some of them
Incorporate your last-night’s broccoli and bell pepper into quiche or an omelette! No matter what kind of spice you used on the veggies, they will probably work well with eggs and cheese. Don’t be afraid of a butternut-squash and green bean quiche! It will be delicious!
You made: red sauce You ate: not all of it
Try baking some mozzarella inside wonton wrappers for a healthier spin on mozzarella sticks, and dip them into the sauce. OR try turkey meatball sandwiches with basil, mozzarella, and leftover red sauce. YUM!
And of course, nothing beats the fantastic Thanksgiving night sandwich:
Turkey breast, cranberry sauce, iceberg lettuce, mayonnaise, and yellow mustard! Don’t forget to have some mashed potatoes and green beans on the side. This sandwich is otherwise known as heaven between bread.
Woah, it’s time for dinner!
From one hungry girl to another,