It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You open your fridge and remember that it’s stuffed to the gills with leftovers. What do you do with it all? There are only so many sandwiches, burritos, and pizzas you can make. Never fear, we’re here to find even more ways for you to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers! This recipe features cranberry sauce. And by cranberry sauce I mean cranberry sauce that has whole cranberries in it. Not the pure jellied stuff. I’m not dissing the canned, jelly cranberry sauce, I have a soft spot for it in my heart, but it won’t work for this recipe. You could also just toss in some smashed up cranberries if you want, but you’ll need to add extra sugar.
Well friends, fall is officially upon us, which means that Smoothie Sunday is wrapping up for the season. Since my mission this year was to try to work more veggies into my smoothies it seemed appropriate to begin and end with a vegetable-based smoothie. It’s just coincidence that both of them happened to be orange. This smoothie is perfect for the first week of autumn, and it will have you ready for Thanksgiving even though it’s still a couple of months away.
Cranberries are really good for you. They are chock full of antioxidants and they’re also great for your urinary tract health. They are also rather tart. They’re not really a fruit you can just eat out of hand as a snack. I really wanted to use them in a smoothie, but I knew I needed another fruit to temper the tart a bit. Pears seemed like the perfect fruit to do this since they could help add sweetness without adding a ton of flavor of their own. In the end I think the combination worked out really well, and it ended up being a great late summer/early fall smoothie.
One of the more popular, but inoffensive tropes, associated with Thanksgiving is the idea of leftovers. Personally we at PCFG eat leftovers constantly, all year-round because they prevent wasted food and are great for saving money. I never understood why so many people were bothered by eating leftovers, but acted as though Thanksgiving dinner somehow produced magic, mystical leftovers that are physically different from others. No matter, though, we’re here to talk recipes and what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. This being Thanksgiving Leftovers Week, we already covered grilled cheese, so now let’s get on board with a Thanksgiving burrito.
Leftovers utilized: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin puree
If Thanksgiving was held at your house, you likely have a ton of leftovers taking over your fridge. While Thanksgiving foods are undeniably delicious, you don’t necessarily want to eat Thanksgiving dinner every night for a week. That means it’s time to get creative!
I don’t normally include meats in my grilled cheese sandwiches. I feel like once you start adding too many ingredients it veers too close to panini territory (which are yummy but their own thing). However, in an effort to use up Thanksgiving leftovers I made an exception this time. I contemplated adding stuffing as well, but feared it would be too bready, and also would take too long to warm up in the middle, and result in burnt bread.
Leftovers utilized: turkey, cranberry sauce