Stuff The Halls and Deck The Turkey

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Oh, it’s Thanksgiving week! We just adore Thanksgiving! What are we thankful for this year? Receiving so much more than we’ll ever deserve from healthy families, babies, friends, freedoms, faith, and full tables, but mostly we’re thankful for leftovers, Turkey Day leftovers. And you guys, we’re thankful for you guys too. When it comes to choosing between you and the leftovers, though? Ehhh, sorry. We pick leftovers.

It’s Post-Thanksgiving morning. Some rush the stores to trample one another, while others lounge in bed sleeping off the food coma. To those of you who do the latter, if you’re like us, you wonder how you can get creative with all those leftovers that day. Perhaps you still have family lingering around, and, yes, their stomachs are also stretched out like yours. They will need to eat. They will want to eat. You will need to feed them. With these recipes, you might not dread feeding them.

We probably get overly excited about the possibilities of finally laying that turkey rest once and for all.

Turkey Pot Pie?

Maybe a good pizza somehow? Cranberry sauce is the new pizza sauce.

Thanksgiving Paninies? Smothering that in a leftover porter cranberry sauce is our personal favorite.

So many options, only one day to utilize. Put your game face on. Here we go.

We understand some of you like to be “healthy” the day after Thanksgiving. We get that. So here’s this.

Not Your Grandma’s “Chicken” Salad

Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Salad Dijon — turkey, pecans, cranberries, apples, maple –- these are the things turkey salad is made of. Not your grandma’s typical recipe, but a Thanksgiving turkey salad! A retake on a classic. On a side note, this is probably the healthiest Thanksgiving-related food you’ll eat all month — unless you don’t eat turkey or mashed potatoes or gravy or green bean casserole or pumpkin pie or pecan pie or apple pie — in which case, you won’t eat this either, and if that’s the case, I think we just cried a little in the {leftover} gravy. Sniff.

Grocery List

6 ounces plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1-2 cups leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces or shredded/pulled apart
⅓ cups apple, chopped
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard until creamy. Add in chicken, apple, cranberries, and nuts. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

We even used dark meat!

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Serve on fresh bread with a slice of gouda or croissants or on a bed of lettuce.  Feeds four hungry bellies.

DISCLAIMERS: 1) We double this. This is a small batch. We’re hungry folk here and lots of mouths to feed. 2)We imagine tofurkey works for this. We know chicken works for this. We imagine mayonnaise or cream cheese would work for this in place of plain yogurt. This was just our attempt to satisfy the healthy.

Now it’s Christmas! Time to stuff those halls and curse those twinkling lights when they don’t work.

With thankful hearts and busted belts,

S|S

 

 

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