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“It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.” — Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

Oh, if ONLY it wasn’t too much food! If your Thanksgiving dinner is anything like mine, you cook enough food to feed an army but you are only serving 6 people! Leftovers abound, and far be it from me to bypass an opportunity to turn already cooked food into another fabulous meal!

One of the things I like to do with leftover turkey is to make quesadillas. They’re quick, easy, and different from what was served on the big day. Yum-O!!

I decided, though, to look for some recipes for each of the main players in a Thanksgiving dinner so that I could share them with you here. I have not tried any of these recipes but I am not sharing anything I would not feed to my family. There’s a good possibility every one of the recipes I’m sharing here will be fixed in my house during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Let’s get started…

 

Turkey

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I found this recipe for Fiesta Turkey Tortilla Soup at www.tasteofhome.com. This soup comes together quickly-in about 30 minutes. I will admit that I’m one of those people who think cilantro tastes like soap so it will be omitted from my finished dish. Feel free to add my share to yours! 🙂

 

Mashed Potatoes

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This recipe from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen takes care of your leftover mashed potatoes and whatever leftover corn you might have. I’ll admit in my house there’s really no such thing as leftover mashed potatoes OR leftover corn, (Sonny loves them both-bring on the ketchup!) but this looks really good and I plan on trying this recipe very soon!

 

Stuffing

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Even though I’ve lived in the South longer than I’ve lived everywhere else, I’m still not Southern enough to call stuffing dressing. That debate will go on for the ages but in my house, it’s Stuffing. As far as Sonny is concerned, don’t bother unless it’s Cornbread Stuffing. Anyhow, I found this wonderful Turkey, Broccoli & Stuffing Casserole at www.numstheword.com. Apparently Janelle’s husband has the same aversion to broccoli as mine does, so I’ll probably be substituting something else (green beans, maybe?) or just leaving it out altogether.

 

Pumpkin Pie

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Who are we kidding? There’s no such thing as leftover pumpkin pie. Ever!

I’d love to hear about how you cook with your leftover Thanksgiving dinner. Do you have a favorite recipe you don’t mind sharing? Please put it in the comments so we can all enjoy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone.

Be well and God Bless-until we meet again…

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