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Kidzworld Kitchen: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Nov 28, 2013

Everyone loves Thanksgiving dinner, but the never-ending turkey leftovers are a little less lovable!

Most of us can’t wait for the sight of the big Thanksgiving turkey sitting on the dinner table, perfectly cooked and bursting with delicious stuffing. But after a few days of eating leftovers the sight of turkey may not be so welcome. The trick to not wasting all that delicious bird and keeping dinner time interesting is some fresh recipe ideas. Turkey soup and sandwiches are pretty standard but here are a few more imaginative ideas for quick weeknight meals using leftover turkey.

Turkey Potato Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven broiler
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until softened
  4. Add flour; and cook for another minute, stirring constantly
  5. Gradually whisk in milk, salt and pepper, mustard, lemon juice and thyme
  6. Cook, whisking often, for 10 minutes or until thickened
  7. Add turkey and vegetables; cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender
  8. Pour into 8-inch (2 L) casserole dish
  9. Spread potatoes over top
  10. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  11. Broil for 2 minutes or until golden.

Turkey Potato Pot PieTurkey Potato Pot PieCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Turkey Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 4 green chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 8 taco shells (hard or soft)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 small chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 small avocado , peeled, pitted and chopped (Hint! Leaving the pit in the avocado or guacamole will help keep it from browning as quickly)

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat
  2. Add turkey, garlic, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper and mix
  3. Stir in green onions and chili sauce
  4. Scrape into serving bowl
  5. Meanwhile, heat taco shells in the oven (for hard tacos shells) or microwave (for soft tortillas)
  6. Serve turkey mixture with bowls of sliced lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and avocado for everyone to build their own tacos

Turkey TacosTurkey TacosCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Turkey Chow Mein

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, cleaned and cut in half
  • 1 - 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup packaged chicken broth, low-sodium preferred
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • 3 cups cooked turkey
  • 2 cups of packaged chow mein noodles

Instructions:

  1. Clean and prepare all the vegetables.
  2. Mix together the sauce ingredients, whisking in the cornstarch last.
  3. Heat a wok or frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Stir-fry the mushrooms and remove from the pan
  5. Add more oil, and stir-fry the celery and red bell pepper and remove from the pan
  6. Add more oil and stir-fry the onion and garlic.
  7. Add the turkey into the pan.
  8. Cook for a minute, then add the other vegetables back into the pan. Stir in the bean sprouts.
  9. Add the sauce and bring to a boil, then add the noodles.
  10.  Mix everything together and serve hot.

Turkey Chow MeinTurkey Chow MeinCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Happy Thanksgiving!! Gobble Gobble!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

 

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JennyD

JennyD wrote:

I Like pie
commented: Sun Dec 15, 2013

Macbarbie09

Macbarbie09 wrote:

YOU MAKE ME HUNGRY
commented: Sun Dec 01, 2013

hugebear

hugebear wrote:

the turkey potato pie looks derlicious and the noodles :D
commented: Sun Dec 01, 2013

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What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
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Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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She isn't jealous she is just dissappointed that you chose to get lessons when she did to get better . She had to get better to catch up to you so you can enjoyher as your best friend. Then you went ahead and got lessons as if you needed them. She is just upset that you showed off a talent that she didn't have. And she tried to get better to impress you but you got better as well. Which kept her at the stage she will always be at my best friend sings way betyer than me but I try. 
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