Tuesday, November 29, 2011

a very un-foodie thanksgiving

So, last year’s Thanksgiving was a kitchen marathon of sorts (aka Foodbuzz 24^3 event), which allowed for a lot of culinary creativity and local food. It was a fun (but exhausting) day culminated with $80 worth of homemade ice cream.

Unfortunately, this year I caught the plague of death, which got me banned from the kitchen and all food preparation. So much for getting the flu shot this year [totally bitter about this].

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So, instead I present two post-Thankgiving recipes. The Brussels sprouts can really be made whenever. I’ve come to appreciate this vegetable after years of associating it with water chestnuts, jicama, and beets (the other 3 foods I despise). It’s quite miraculous, actually.

For this recipe, I halved the sprouts, tossed them with olive oil, salt, garlic, and pepper and roasted them @ 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. After roasting, I drizzled them with a tablespoon or two of maple syrup and added some dried cranberries.

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A break from traditional turkey soup (although that was also consumed in our house post T-day). I made a basic pizza crust and topped it with a thin layer of cheese, sundried tomatoes, leftover turkey, onions, and mozzarella cheese.  

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I felt better on Thanksgiving day and was super thankful for that among other things. And it was pretty fantastic to get 4 days off…one of the perks of switching to outpatient nutrition.

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Looks like I’ll be downing the vitamin C and ordering more wheat grass stat. Being sick is not something I’d like to repeat anytime soon…

Any favorite ways to use up Tgiving leftovers?

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20 comments:

  1. god i just love eating leftovers straight up! i wish we had some in the house now...

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  2. I avoided brussel sprouts because everyone always said they were the worst, but I just found out that they're not! They are delicious green gems. And that photo of the water is pretty.

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  3. My Grandma heats up her homemade stuffing and turkey in a skillet, with a little water and butter. It's the best! I look forward to this on Friday more then Thanksgiving dinner!!

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  4. I hope you feel better! I hardly had leftovers, but the small pieces of turkey with sweet potatoes on the side made for some perfect meals to take to work...

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  5. Your table is beautiful! My family always holds a 'Leftovers" dinner on Black Friday, which is basically a slightly smaller repeat of Thanksgiving dinner the night before.

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  6. Both recipes look amazing. I'm secretly hoping we can replace our green bean casserole with brussels sprouts someday.

    We also have turkey soup post-Thanksgiving. My dad makes a turkey corn chowder, with a clean broth and lots of vegetables. It is SO delicious.

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  7. Sorry you got sick!

    Simple, homemade pizza is always a favorite in our house.

    My favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers is to turn them into mini turkey pot pies with a mashed potato topping.

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  8. i love brussels! i made something similar for my thanksgiving too :). hope you are feeling better! fresh pressed vegetable juice and fresh pressed valencia orange juice :). hugs.

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  9. I'm sorry you got sick! Do you really get more days off for doing outpatient?! I would love to hear about the differences between outpatient and inpatient work!!

    I really love Brussels sprouts and I never thought to add cranberries to em! Yum :)

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  10. Oh no... sorry to hear about the plague of death... that doesn't sound pleasant at all; but there's something to be said for going with the flow and keeping things simple. I love your offerings and find them refreshingly different. I wish you a full and happy recovery! :0

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  11. so sorry to heat that you couldn't enjoy thanksgiving fully food wise. but these two recipes look really good, specially the sprout one, I can imagine how tasty they are with the maple syrup, I love sprouts, I would eatnthem everyday if not because they give me gas.
    we didn't have too much leftovers because they ate it all! :)

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  12. What a great use of leftover turkey! Fortunately I'm dislike turkey immensely so I never make it and never accept leftovers! I love using leftover chicken however. I like to fry it with veggies and put them in a pita or wrap for lunch.

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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  13. great sprouts so sorry you were feeling under the weather

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  14. Hope you are feeling better now. Sorry you did not get to do more food related things for Thanksgiving. Since I don't eat turkey we really never have leftovers at our place.

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  15. Brussels sprouts seem to be the "in thing" this year! I love them, and always have. We had a brussels sprout dish with pancetta for our feast. It was delicious.

    Sorry to hear you got sick! And you even had the flu shot?! What a BUMMER. I would be mad too. I hate shots.

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  16. Thanks for the brussels sprouts recipe. I'm always looking for a good one!

    I don't really like T-giving leftovers for some reason. Then I feel all wasteful, boooo.

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  17. Cute photo of you and Bethany!! After that walking
    adventure to the beach -- Bayley was exhausted.
    Glad you have a picture of you and not her!

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  18. hey friend! loving the pic! and also, the brussels look amazing :) i've been getting them a lot this year at the farmers market.

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  19. Hope you are feeling better Emily. Getting the flu totally sucks. Those brussels sprouts look delicious.

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  20. Sorry you didn't get to enjoy Thanksgiving with being sick. Love those leftovers for sure. Usually make a big batch of soup or bobbie sammies.

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