Friday, November 23, 2012

Use Up Turkey Day Leftovers!

"Americans generated more than 34 million tons of food waste in 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The average American family wastes $1,200 worth of food each year."
-Taste of Home- Healthy Cooking, Dec./Jan. 2013 p. 67.

If your family doesn't like leftovers, serve them up in a new way. Presentation is the key in most meals so make the leftovers into something new and it will save money, time and waste at the landfill!

Here are some ways to use up all the leftovers from your big Turkey Day:

1- Shepherds Pie:
As you clean up from Thanksgiving dinner, layer gravy, turkey and then mashed potatoes in a baking dish. Top with stuffing and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese. Cover and refrigerate.

When it is time for dinner heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-45 min. Wow a fast easy dinner!

2- Turkey sandwich:
Try turkey with cranberries, sprouts, pear slices or lettuce and tomatoes, or a combination of any of your favorites. Just think "Kneaders"!

3- Turkey Panini:
Use sliced french bread and your favorite sandwich spread add a slice of cheese, and thin sliced apples or pears. Grill in a panini maker or waffle iron. Yum!

4- Cinnamon Rolls:
Use leftover mashed potatoes to make some warm cinnamon rolls. Some of the best recipes have mashed potatoes!

5- Salads:
Top your favorite salad with turkey! It is especially great with craisins, apples or pears. If you don't like fruit in salads try peppers, sunflower seeds and green onions.

6- Hot Turkey Sandwiches:
Place a piece of toast on a plate, top with a slice of turkey, pour warm gravy over the top. Serve with salad or veggies!

**These are just a few of my favorites to get you thinking. There are many more ideas. Just use up those leftovers in the first few days. (After 5-6 days turkey leftovers can get an strong flavor and all leftovers should be used up within one week.)