What To Do With Leftover Turkey

What To Do With Leftover Turkey

Leftover TurkeyIt’s easy to feed a dozen people with one turkey. This year we were feeding three adults and one child so if you are like us, there is a good chance your fridge is full of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. I’m no Monica Geller so I do not do moist-maker sandwiches (if you know, you know) but I’m always on the hunt for ways to get creative and enjoy the leftovers.

I will be the first to admit that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the leftover turkey as is. However, sometimes it’s good to have options when you are planning to eat turkey three times a day.

This was our first Thanksgiving cooking a turkey and while it wasn’t as pretty as many of those I’ve seen around Instagram, I think we did a pretty good job. As we cleaned up the kitchen, we cooked up 4 quarts of Turkey Bone Broth to use over the next few days in soups. There are so many health benefits to bone broth that I couldn’t pass up the chance to make our own.

Last night I took to Pinterest to round up some more ideas in case I was not alone in an attempt to get creative. Here are some of the top rated leftover turkey recipes I found.

After doing a deep Pinterest dive, I might have to make another turkey… every recipe sounds absolutely delicious! My fridge is full and we have enough leftover turkey for now so turkey noodle soup is coming up first tomorrow.

I know there are plenty more recipes out there, what’s your favorite way to enjoy leftover turkey 

Homemade Golden Milk

Homemade Golden Milk

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen that I am doing a three week elimination diet. As I work towards getting my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certificate, I am learning about a variety of food sensitivities. One of the recommendations was to try our own elimination diet so we get a feel of one and see if we might actually have sensitivities we didn’t realize. For three weeks I’m eliminating the five most common foods we as humans are sensitive to: dairy, gluten, egg, soy and corn.

All of that being said, one thing I needed to replace was milk for my coffee creamer. Golden Milk was trendy a few years ago, but I never gave it a try. Instead of just almond milk I figured now was a good chance to give it a try. To be honest, I might not switch back.

For starters I followed a recipe, but I’ve adjusted it more to my tastes as I’ve gone on over the last three weeks.

Benefits of Homemade Golden Milk

The more I read about Golden Milk, I can see how it was trendy, however I am also surprised it didn’t make the trends this year as people looked for ways to boost their immune systems.

The third ingredient used in this recipe is Turmeric. When you question why the homemade golden milk is golden, it’s because of the Turmeric. It has been known to reduce inflammation. I could go down a long rabbit hole about inflammation and the amount of ways reducing it could improve your health. For now, the important note is that the less inflamed your body is, the better it can perform.

Turmeric also contains a compound called curcumin. There are mixed studies, but many researchers believe that this compound can lower anxiety and depression.

Then comes ginger. A little bit of ginger can go a long way. I had to reduce the amount in the recipe I had because even 1/2 tsp ginger was very overpowering.  Ginger is a great way to settle nausea in an upset stomach. Some studies are starting to show that it can help with weight loss, lowering blood sugar and possibly preventing heart disease.

Homemade Golden Milk

Any extra boost of immunity can be considered helpful these days. This Summer I switched to using local honey in an attempt to slow my allergies down. Making Golden Milk was just another excuse to fit it into my morning routine.

I use about 1/4 of a cup a day in my milk frother to add a little bit of a creamy taste in my coffee. The recipe listed below makes about one week’s worth of Golden Milk. For now it’s been added as part of my Sunday meal prep.

Homemade Golden Milk

Servings 7

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp local honey

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  • Whisk ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes, do not boil
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Store in fridge to use throughout the week
  • For extra creamy taste, mix 1/4 cup in a milk frother prior to adding to coffee.

What do you use for coffee cream? Have you ever tried golden milk?