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Holiday leftover guilt

Don’t you just love Thanksgiving? It’s the most guilt free holiday of the
year. You don’t have to worry about getting the right gifts or whether
everything is decorated perfectly. You don’t have to wonder whether you made
enough cookies or whether the food is on your diet. You have permission and
can eat to your heart’s content! At times like this, I have to wonder: Have
I died and gone to Heaven?

There is one problem — What happens when everyone rolls away from the table? You stand there in the shadows of mounds of leftovers and the guilt sets in. You really can’t wedge in another bite, but you can’t bring yourself to throw away all that good food. You know that there are people starving in Bangladesh, but you can’t afford the shipping cost to send it to them… What do you do with it?

Here are some ideas to help you put those leftovers to good use and keep your clean conscience!

1. Mix gravy, cubed turkey and leftover vegetables into a casserole dish. Top with refrigerator biscuits, leftover pie crust or crescent rolls (unbaked). Bake at 350 degrees F until the dough is cooked and golden brown.

2. When making pies on Thanksgiving Day, save the extra dough or make extra to use to make pasties. Roll out discs of dough in whatever size you want and fill with meat, vegetables and leftover potatoes.

3. Don’t forget to use your leftover relish dish. Chop and use in salads, soups or casseroles. If you’re really sick of the vegetables, chop and freeze to use later.

4. Use leftover mashed potatoes to thicken soups and stews.

5. Make potato pancakes: Add 1 egg and 2 tablespoons flour to 2 cups mashed potatoes. Make into patties and fry in a pan with margarine.

1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
2 chicken bouillon cubes
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste

Use leftover pie crust or use the following recipe:

1 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons water

1. In a saucepan, simmer carrots in water, butter and chicken bouillon cubes.

2. Add potatoes, onion, ground turkey, salt and pepper. Divide into eighths.

3. Mix dough ingredients and roll into eight (5-inch) circles. Put the ground turkey mixture on one side of the dough. Fold the other half of the dough over and seal with fingers or a fork.

4. Bake one hour at 375 degrees F.

Makes 8 (1-pasty) servings.

Per 1-pasty serving: 546 calories, 299 calories from fat, 107 calories from saturated fat, 34g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 31mg cholesterol, 51.2g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 13g protein, 585mg cholesterol 23mg sodium

Note: You can substitute ground chicken or beef or add other vegetables. This is a good way to use those leftovers, so be creative!

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