November 18, 2016 Sarah Lefebvre

Transforming Thanksgiving

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If I had to pick one meal to eat for the rest of my life, I would choose Thanksgiving dinner. I love it that much. I am the type of person that will literally take a scoop of every dish offered until I need an extra plate. I am also the type of person that will go for seconds and even thirds on Thanksgiving day because there is no other day during the entire year that pretty much all my favorite foods are in one place!

Not to be cliché, but I am also incredibly thankful every Thanksgiving. It is definitely a time to take a step back and think of everything that’s going well in life and ignore the bad. Surrounded by friends and family, I do not find it that difficult to do. I have been incredibly blessed throughout my years to always have a place to enjoy this meaningful holiday with people I love.

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Turkey-Jalapeno Melt

And of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t really be Thanksgiving without the pounds upon pounds of leftovers, adding yet another reason as to why Thanksgiving is my favorite! The possibilities are truly endless. You can eat Thanksgiving dinner over and over and over. You can make a classic Thanksgiving sandwich. Or, you can completely transform them with a little help from a few new ingredients! Let’s start off small with just a variation on a turkey sandwich, like this Turkey-Jalapeno Melt. Use your leftover turkey in place of cold cuts to create any of your favorite sandwiches, or get a little fancier and use it as protein for a salad like this Kale Salad with Smoked Turkey & Medjool Dates. It’s super healthy and not to mention easy because you already have a key ingredient prepared!

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Kale Salad with Smoked Turkey & Medjool Dates

You can have even more fun with turkey by making this Turkey Rice Soup with Sausageperfect for the cold upcoming winter nights. You could even easily substitute turkey for chicken in your favorite chicken soup recipe if that works better for you! Or, if you really want to use up your leftovers, you could make this Leftover Turkey Pot Pie. Not only does it use leftover turkey, but you could easily throw in some of your leftover veggies too!

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Sweet Potato Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Turkey isn’t the only leftover you can transform into a new dish. Take these Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes for example. All you need are some leftover mashed potatoes and a few new ingredients and you have a whole new side dish for your next meal! You can even use leftovers for your breakfast, like these Sweet Potato Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes. Again, all you need are some leftover mashed sweet potatoes and a few other ingredients and you have an entire meal! 

If you’re like my family after Thanksgiving, somehow there’s a plethora of leftover bread, usually rolls. They’re perfect for sandwiches, but could also be made into so many othertfss-285cfd13-bfe2-4f71-b22b-e0ad2844a016-Grilled_Garlic_Bread_with_Thyme_Infused_Butter_003 things! By adding just a few ingredients like garlic and butter/oil, you can transform any type of bread into classic Grilled Garlic Bread. Or, you could transform it into something completely different like a tasty dessert! The best dessert to make out of leftover bread is Classic Bread Pudding. There are even a ton of variations on the Forq app for you to scroll through, like this S’mores Bread Pudding!

There are so many things you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers, or any leftovers for that matter! After Thanksgiving dinner, I’m going to try a few of these recipes myself! If you have any favorite recipes that use leftovers, don’t forget to share them with your foodie friends on the Forq app!

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