6 Best Ways To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

6 Best Ways To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Dinner for breakfast? I think YES!

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We all know that huge holiday meals result in a lot of leftovers! I personally love having leftovers and the opportunity to get creative with them! Here are a few ideas on how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers!

1. Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich

Wawa has the Gobbler and Capriotti's has the Bobby, but why buy one when you can recreate this amazing sandwich at home! All you need is a leftover dinner roll, a little mayo, cheese, turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce and you are all set!

2. Mashed Potato Pancakes

If you like hash browns, you will love leftover mashed potato pancakes. All you need to do is mix 2 cups of the leftover mashed potatoes with 1 egg, 1/4 cup flour, and a little salt, and garlic and pepper for seasoning. You can also throw in some diced onions and cheese if you are feeling fancy. Make them in a frying pan or on a griddle just as you would make regular pancakes and top them with whatever you want. Sour cream and chives is always a nice choice.

3. Cranberry Turkey Salad

This is my favorite way to use leftover turkey. I scrape every last bit of meat I can get off of the carcass and mix it with some plain Greek yogurt (instead of mayo), dill weed, and cranberry sauce! It goes great on sandwiches, crackers, rice cakes, and salads! Personally, I like to eat it with roasted sweet potatoes!

4. Mashed Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash Waffles

Did you know you can make waffles with leftover mashed sweet potatoes or butternut squash? Mix 1.5 cups with 2/3 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons oil, and a little cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for seasoning. Pull out the handy dandy waffle iron and make them just as you would make regular waffles! You can top them with maple syrup, leftover cranberry sauce, ice cream, or, like I do, almond butter and Greek yogurt with cooked apples or pears :)

5. Sheppard's Pie

Got leftover mashed potatoes and green bean casserole? Throw them together with some ground beef (or I guess you could also use leftover turkey) and you have Sheppard's pie!

6. Dinner for breakfast!

If breakfast for dinner is a thing, then so is dinner for breakfast! I come from a family where it is actually kind of normal to eat leftover pizza or meatloaf in the morning, so why would Thanksgiving dinner leftovers be any different?

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5 Reasons You Should Keep Eating Avocados

Not only aesthetically pleasing, but also delicious.

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In the past couple of years, there has been a growing craze and fascination with avocados. While we have had avocados around for a long time until recently more and more people have been adding this to their list of favorite foods. Personally, when I was younger I could not stand the taste of it. Now that I am older I don't know what has changed in me but avocados always sound good to me. When eating out, I find myself looking at the menu to see what items include avocados. Or when I'm at home, it's so quick and easy to turn it into a yummy snack. There are so many benefits to eating this but here are some I will lay out to you.

1. Rich in nutrients.

Generally, one avocado is around 60-70 calories and has around 6 grams of fat. While it is a small snack, it can fill you up for the time being and there are many vitamins in this like vitamins C, B, K, and B-6.

2. Can improve your digestion.

An avocado pretty actually high in fiber with approximately 6-7 grams per half fruit.

3. Can detoxify your body.

While it can promote bowel movements this helps in getting rid of inflammation and ultimately getting rid of toxins that need to be removed.

4. Can improve your eyesight.

Like carrots, avocados can help with improving eyesight. They are filled with lutein and zeaxanthin which are two phytochemicals that are especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes where they provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage from things such as U.V. rays.

5. Can lead to healthy pregnancies.

Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit. Folate is necessary for healthy pregnancies and will lessen the chance of possible miscarriages.

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Do Not Be Ungrateful This Thanksgiving, Here Are 33 Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair

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Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):

1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.

2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.

3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.

4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.

5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.

6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).

7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives

8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).

9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.

10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.

11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?

12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.

13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.

14. For books. Reading makes us better people.

15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.

16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.

17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?

18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.

19. For Christmas. 

20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.

21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.

22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).

23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.

24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.

25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.

26. For freedom.

27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.

28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.

29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.

30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.

31. For the Future. Because we can make it.

32. For the past. Because it is our history.

33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability. 

Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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