With Thanksgiving over and the mess cleaned up, you find yourself with a refrigerator full of Thanksgiving leftovers. Sure, you can serve up the traditional holiday dinner once or twice, but by then, you’re ready for something different.
The good news is that you won’t have to cook for a week or so. But you still have to come up with some healthy meal ideas in order to transform those leftovers into something different and appealing.
Grilled Thanksgiving Sandwich
Mix together an equal amount of mayonnaise and mustard (Maille’s Dijon mustard with Honey is sensational) and spread on two slices of bread. Layer each with a slice of cheese (Monterey Jack, Gruyere, Brie).
Add thinly sliced turkey dipped in leftover gravy. Fry in butter over moderate heat till the cheese melts. or make a healthier version with a non-stick panini press.
Healthy Sweet Potato Soup
Find yourself with leftover sweet potatoes? Here’s an easy-peasy way to give them new life and spice up those leftovers. Add a small amount of water and oil to a shallow pan and bring to boil. Add your leftover sweet potato pieces and cook till warm.
Add chili powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper and blend for 1-2 minutes on High. Pour into a soup bowl and garnish with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and a sprig of parsley. Sauté some diced jalapenos and sprinkle on top for added heat if you wish.
Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing Chili
When it comes to getting rid of Thanksgiving leftovers, stuffing is in a category of its own since it is already a complete dish. As it turns out, beans are the perfect complement.
Simply boil beans till they’re half cooked, then add celery, onions, plus green or red peppers. Once the beans are soft enough to mash between your fingers, stir in pieces of turkey and bits of stuffing. Season with chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
You’re done … a healthy Thanksgiving stuffing chili dinner ready in no time!