This is an easy one to throw in the slow cooker the morning after Thanksgiving. It can be served over many things, depending on your diet goals. Try it on spaghetti squash, baked sweet potato, paleo biscuits, or brown rice.
leftover turkey in bite size pieces
1 or 2 cans of turkey gravy, depending on how much turkey is being used.
- Put turkey in the slow cooker crock, and cover with the gravy.
- Cover and cook on low for dinner, or high for lunch.
- Buy gravy when on sale, preferably with a coupon for the best savings.
Sometimes it is near impossible to eat all the vegetables we buy or grow before they lose a great deal of their freshness. Life just gets in the way. Or you overestimated what you’ll need for creating recipes for the week. These items can still be used, though. So don’t throw them away until you consider these uses.
- Slow cooker meals are easy to create. A cheap cut of meat with less than fresh vegetables will still give a delicious meal. Try some beef, a couple of potatoes, carrots, and squash with water. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours. Add seasonings if you choose.
- If you want to cook the above meal more quickly, put the meat and some water into a roasting pan and roast for a couple of hours. Then add the vegetables about an hour before the finish time.
- Add shredded carrot, or chopped spinach or celery, to a smoothie.
- Dice or shred vegetables to add to Paleo muffins or breads.
- Cut the vegetables up and freeze for a slow cooker meal later in the month.
- Cut celery small and add it to a pasta sauce.
There are plenty of ways to use vegetables before you consider throwing them out. How do you use less than fresh vegetables? Let us know in the comments, or email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zowie, my 17-year-old daughter, has her own favorite turkey day leftover recipe. Today, after eating a full Thanksgiving meal at 4:00, she was ready to make her sandwich at about 7:00.
2 slices of bread
leftover mashed potatoes
- Shred some turkey.
- Place the turkey on a slice of bread.
- Spread mashed potato over the turkey.
- Add some shredded cheese.
- Put the prepared bread, as well as one slice of bread with nothing on it, on a baking sheet.
- Bake until cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven, put the topped bread on a plate.
- Pour some gravy on the topped bread.
- Add mayo to the plain bread.
- You can use any condiment that you like for step 9.
- Zowie eats this as a stand-alone lunch or dinner, but you could have vegetable side dishes with it.
- Mozzarella cheese is great to use, but it is okay to use other cheeses.
(Update January 2017: This sandwich has used other Thanksgiving leftovers over the years. Also, It can’t really be called healthy. But I want to leave it here as it is an important family memory, and Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches can be quite delicious. Try one sometime. Tell me what you think.)