More Fun Ideas for your Thanksgiving Leftovers!!

Written by Kim R. Posted in Recipes

Is your refrigerator still full of leftovers from this past Thanksgiving holiday? Here is a quick, easy solution to get rid of some of them!

 

Cranberry Turkey Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

-Romaine lettuce (small pieces), 4 cups                           -1 Orange (peeled and separated) or 1 small can of mandarin oranges

-Leftover turkey breast, 2 cups                                           -Coarsely chopped walnuts, 3 tbs

-Leftover cranberry sauce, 1 cup                                        -3 Kiwifruit (peeled and sliced)

-Dried cranberries, 1/4 cup                                                  -Frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), 1 cup

-1 Large cored red apple cut into small pieces

 

Instructions:

1. Combine turkey, dried cranberries, apple pieces, orange, and walnuts in a large salad bowl.

2. Combine cranberry sauce and orange juice concentrate in a small bowl, mix well.

3. Toss turkey mixture with the cranberry orange dressing and add romaine lettuce.

4. Garnish with kiwifruit slices.

5. ENJOY!

LENTIL SOUP

Written by Kim R. Posted in Nutrition, Recipes

Need some appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Try Lentil Soup. It’s very high in protein and also very delicious!

 

Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

-1 lb of picked and rinsed lintels                                   -2 tbs of EVOO

-1/2 cup of minced celery                                               -2 tsp of kosher salt

-1 cup of minced onions                                                  -1/2 tsp of freshly ground coriander

-1/2 cup of minced carrots                                             -1/2 tsp of freshly ground toasted cumin

-1 cup of tomatoes, peeled and chopped                     *Cumin is a stimulant as well as a great herb

-8 cups of chicken stock                                                    for digestive disorders and is even used as a

-2 tsp of freshly ground grains of paradise                   antiseptic of sorts.

 

-Put olive oil in a large crock pot and put over medium heat.

-Once the olive oil is hot, add the salt, carrots, celery, and onions. Cover and let sit over heat for about 6 to 7 minutes, or until the onions become translucent.

-Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir.

-Turn heat up to high, and bring everything to a boil

-Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender (appx. 35 to 40 min.)

-Use a stick blender to puree to desired consistency.

-Serve immediately.

Leftover Turkey Muffins

Written by Kim R. Posted in Recipes

Don’t want all that leftover turkey to go to waste? Try my grandma’s homemade leftover turkey muffins! They are delicious and super easy to make! All you need is 2 hours of spare time, your leftover turkey and gravy, and a few other ingredients you probably already have on hand!

 

Leftover Turkey Muffins

leftover turkey muffins

(Makes a dozen muffins)

Ingredients: (Muffins)                         -1 tbs of baking power

-1 ⅔ cups of leftover turkey              -1 pinch of salt

-1 ⅔ cups of white sugar                    -1 tsp of vanilla extract

-2¼ cups of all-purpose flour          Ingredients: (Gravy Glaze)

-½ cup of EVOO                                  -2 cups of leftover turkey gravy

-1 stick of butter                                 -3 cups of powdered sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven up to 350ºF and use non-stick spray on 12 cupcake tins.
  2. Puree the leftover turkey in a food processor and mix in the flour, white sugar, butter, oil, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in a large bowl until everything is moist and well mixed. Fill each pre-greased muffin cup about ⅔ of the way full with the prepared turkey batter.
  3. Transfer muffin batter to the oven. Bake for 20-25 min (until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean).
  4. Let the muffins cool in the cupcake tins for 10 minutes before removing them to cool on a cooling rack.
  5. Stir the powdered sugar and gravy together in a bowl until the combination is smooth and then spread the glaze over the cooled muffins.
  6. Share and ENJOY!

 

A couple of tips for healthier muffins: Use all white meat turkey, but please note, the dark meat does add more flavor, and will also make the muffins more dense, so you may not want to use as much oil. Also, you can substitute the powdered sugar in the gravy glaze for Truvia®.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Alternative: Rutabaga

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Recipes

This holiday season don’t allow yourself to fall into trouble with in healthy dishes. Many people use the holiday season to use lots of butter and not eat healthy, but there are healthy alternatives. Rutabaga is a very nutritious and healthy vegetable that can be used to replace Mashed potatoes.

Rutabaga is often thought as a turnip, but it is different. The Rutabaga plant can help support the thyroid. As some of you know the thyroid is very helpful in weight loss. Rutabaga is also very high in vitamin C, which is great during the winter month and holiday season. It’s a cross between a turnip and cabbage and it taste great.  It’s also known as a yellow turnip. If you don’t want to use fresh rutabagas, they are sold frozen in the supermarket, as yellow turnips.

 

Mashed Rutabaga Directions

Try this delicious Rutabaga Dish instead of Mash Potatoes.

Peel rutabaga.  Cut into pieces.  Drop into salted boiling water, and cook until tender.  About 15-20 minutes.

Put into a bowl, with salt, pepper, butter.  Mash or whip.  Butter can be replaced with olive oil.

Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Put in a baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350.  Serve.

This healthy holiday treat will not make you feel bloated or unconscious. Try this dish for a healthy alternative, and enjoy your holidays without having regret of eating too much. This dish is a good dish to bring to parties that you know will have a lot of junk food. Also try to stay active this holiday season, making sure to use your time wisely and not sit around too much.

Holiday Weight Loss Smoothy

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Nutrition, Recipes

That season is right around the corner – yes, the holiday season. It is such a weird time of year because it is full of parties with eating and celebration and yet people are trying to lose weight before they see all their friends. The problem with cutting weight fast and then splurging is that your body will actually begin to store more fat because of the fluctuation of diet. If you are in a similar situation, of trying to lose weight and don’t like the after effects of splurging then you might benefit by trying these diet tips.

Boost Metabolism

One easy way to help increase metabolism and still eat a fulfilling meal is by increasing your fiber intake. Dr. Oz’s web site shares that decreasing calorie intake by 30% and adding 14 grams of fiber to your diet can help with decreasing weight. This is a mild transition in diet that can help during the holiday season. Dr. Oz’s web site says that consuming more colorful fruits and veggies can be a simple way to improve fiber intake. Additionally fruits are a great source of energy during the mid day slump, eating an apple and sipping on 8oz of black coffee after lunch can help boost metabolism and add fiber to ones diet. Also during your holiday meals you can make a sweet potatoes or yam dish to help keep your fiber intake high during your holiday splurging.

Simple and Delicious

Here is a simple and delicious way to increase fiber and protein intake. Use a vegetable protein source and some of your favorite fruits with skim milk and 5 ice cubes to create a wonderful healthy protein shake. Another way to start your morning is by mixing coffee with some fruit, skim milk and vegetable protein.

If you are looking for a superior vegetarian protein source that will help with weight loss and improve your health try Green Supreme Fusion. Green Supreme Fusion is a superior vegetable blend that fights free radicals, boosts immune system, contains digestive enzymes, and has a probiotic blend. Adding this to a blend of your favorite fruits and skim milk will help with your weight loss goals this season and make you feel much healthier.

Don’t allow yourself to be yo-yo dieting this season. This holiday season get in shape and stay in shape with proper dieting. Make sure to keep your fiber intake high and consume a healthy source of protein.

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