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 system crashes and stress rises. During this time, I try to find shortcuts to make things less stressful for myself. Turkish remains are a mandatory part of this strategy. Even if the family dinner is not at my house, I buy a turkey. During the holiday season it is very economical and a lifesaver.
Here are three easy, 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 grated cheddar cheese, chopped turkey pieces and sliced green onion. Put another tortilla on top and squirt with Butter Pam. Brown on both sides until cheese is melted. You can add some chopped olives or jalapeno pepper if you wish. Served with salsa.
2 spinach and Turkish salad. Mix together – chopped turkey, almonds with bacon, with dried cranberries and fresh spinach. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette or honey mustard salad dressing.
3 Turkey soup. I cook the turkey hull on the weekend after Thanksgiving. You can do it or use canned chicken broth, chopped turkey and a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables. Pour everything into a saucepan and heat until vegetables are crisp and tender, about fifteen to twenty minutes. Serve with a good brown bread.
While I still love hot open turkey sandwiches and all the leftovers from Thanksgiving, these quick and easy meals give a break in more ways than one. We are constantly bombarded with food and treats during this time of year. It is good to separate light dinners with heavier meals. All these dinners can be made in thirty minutes or less. When we arrive home, after work or shopping or usually both, a light meal that requires almost no effort is a welcome relief. Having a light meal, once or twice a week, also helps prevent the calories from rising in the air. So give yourself a break during the busiest time of the year. Your mind and body will thank you for it.