Oh thanksgiving… apparently when you’re only cooking for three and you make a thanksgiving feast built for eight, you’re left with a fridge full of extra food. The normal thanksgiving at my house is an extended family event, but everyone decided to go to Maine and my parents did not dial back the cooking one bit.
You will never find me complaining about leftovers, I wish there was a turkey dinner’s worth of leftovers in my fridge every day of the week. If you start to get even a little tired of turkey and gravy there are many ways to change it up just a little without spending much extra money.
For example, if you happen to have some coleslaw (leftover), turkey (leftover), cheese, Russian dressing, and some good bread… make a sandwich.
Step 1: Butter up the outside of the bread.
Step 2: Russian up the inside of the bread.
Step 3: Pile on some turkey, coleslaw, cheese (I used pepper jack), salt, and pepper.
Step 4: Grill it up.
I had to wipe the dust off of my panini press… the last time I used it was to make these awesome chicken/bacon/ranch flatbreads six months ago. It has been way too long since I’ve had some sort of buttery, grilled, mess of a sandwich. I need to either stop dieting and become obese or man-up and finish dieting so I can go eat these things guilt free once in a while.
To top it off, we have a good pie and a half worth of leftovers (apple and pumpkin) in the fridge that needs to be eaten… letting a pie go bad is a sin.
I imagine sometime over the next three to four days, I’ll attempt to kick-start my diet again even though the season of feasts is upon us. It seems like every week from now until January I have some sort of function that revolves around dinner. I suppose this can be a test of my willpower to pick the healthy options even though they may not be my first choice.
Turn that 10 pounds of leftover turkey into something a little different… sliced turkey, coleslaw, and russian dressing on some grilled rye bread.