HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

For those of you who will be indulging a huge turkey feast, here are some ideas for the leftovers… 

Post-Turkey Naps
Daydreaming about getting more shut-eye? Let’s talk turkey.

L-Tryptophan and Carbohydrates
L-tryptophan may be found in turkey and other dietary proteins, but it’s actually a carbohydrate-rich (as opposed to protein-rich) meal that increases the level of this amino acid in the brain and leads to serotonin synthesis. Serotonin is synthesized and you feel that familiar sleepy feeling.

Making the most of  afternoon zzz’s.
7 a.m. to 8 a.m.:
Wake up, and vow to take a nap later. Doing so might make it easier for you to get out of bed in the morning. Pack your purse with any necessary sleep aids, like an eye mask, earplugs or a travel alarm clock.
9:30 a.m.:
Stop drinking all caffeinated beverages—for the morning, at least. It takes about seven hours for caffeine to leave your system, so cut yourself off now if you plan to sneak in a snooze during the most rewarding time of the day.
Noon:
Scout a dark, quiet napping location that comes as close as possible to simulating nighttime. Make sure to pick a spot that gives you enough room to recline—it takes 25 percent longer to fall asleep when your body is upright.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
It’s the best time to nap! Your body temperature naturally dips midway through the day. That’s its way of saying, “Nap, please!” Prep for one by drinking a cup of coffee or tea. It may sound strange, but the caffeine won’t kick in until after your sleep session (it takes about 30 minutes).
3:30 p.m.:
Wake up now to feel refreshed and ready to go, not groggy. If your nap passes over the 30-minute mark, you’re better off extending it to 80 minutes, the time it takes to get through a full sleep cycle.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Party
Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a Friday-night party.

Green Bean Crudités with Creamy Sage Dip
1 cup soy sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
Salt and pepper
3 cups leftover steamed green beans
Directions: In a small bowl, combine the soy sour cream, sage, lemon juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Arrange the green beans on a platter and serve with the dip. Prep 10 minutes plus chilling.

Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms 20 large white mushrooms (about 2 pounds total), stems removed 1 cup leftover stuffing
1/2 cup soy or veggie parmesan
Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°. On a lightly greased baking sheet, bake the mushroom caps, stem sides down, for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the stuffing and soy parm. Flip the mushroom caps over and mound the stuffing into each one. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and the stuffing is golden, about 20 minutes.

Turkey and Barley Salad
Cook ¾ cup barley according to the package directions; drain and rinse under cold water.
Transfer to a large bowl and toss with 2 cups baby arugula, 2 cups shredded roasted turkey, ½ cup dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.

Turkey, Dill, and Orzo Soup Simmer 2 cut-up carrots and ½ cup orzo in 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth until tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Stir in 1½ cups shredded roasted turkey and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill.
Cook until heated through.

Turkey and Poblano Chili
Sauté 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped poblano pepper in olive oil until tender.
Add one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, two 15.5-ounce cans kidney beans (rinsed), 2 cups shredded roasted turkey, 2 cups water, and 2 teaspoons ground cumin; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.

Turkey and Corn Enchiladas Combine 2 cups shredded roasted turkey, 1 cup corn, and 1 cup shredded soy pepper Jack cheese; season with salt and pepper.
Roll up in 8 small flour tortillas and place in a baking dish. Top with 1 cup enchilada sauce and ½ cup shredded Soy Jack cheese.
Bake at 400° F until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes

An Easier Way to Label Leftovers

The freezer is no place for sticky notes. When it’s time to divvy up holiday leftovers, label your plastic food containers with a dry-erase marker. The writing rubs off with a cloth. If it’s stubborn, use a little dish soap and warm water to remove.

How to Make Potpourri
Slice
Thinly slice leftover fruit and place with cinnamon sticks on a cooling rack over a baking sheet.
Dry
Place the pan in a 200° oven and bake until dry, 2 to 3 hours, flipping the pieces halfway through.
Bag
Fill sachets (available at craft stores) with the fruit, then tie shut; give to guests as they leave.

Have a great day!!!
~ vie

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~ by thetotaleffect on November 25, 2010.

2 Responses to “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!”

  1. These are great ideas and I love the dry erase marker idea for sure!

  2. Thanks Dana!Hope you have a wonderful time with your family 😉 I am so grateful to have you for a friend! Love you, ~vie

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