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What do to with leftover turkey!

Every single time I make a turkey I have a little breakdown trying to think about how I am going to use up the remaining turkey meat.  I was raised in a house that you absolutely DO NOT WASTE FOOD!  Well, I have now perfected a few things that I basically created from scratch because I didn’t really like the other options I found.  

1. Mini Turkey Croissant Pot Pies (http://wp.me/pplBN-al) – these are amazing little, bite-sized, decadent pies that make for an excellent meal that uses up most of your turkey dinner leftovers.

2. Turkey soup (http://wp.me/pplBN-aA) – can be served over rice or with noodles, we generally eat it with neither.

3. Turkey enchiladas (http://wp.me/pplBN-8t) – instead of chicken use turkey and make a creamy enchilada sauce, OMG.

4. Hot Turkey sandwiches (link coming soon) – creamy and spicy on soft breads or serve over rice.

This has become our go-to list and generally uses up the remains.  We are picky about dark versus white meat – so I separate the meat when pulling it off the bone and use them for different things, e.g. enchiladas versus turkey sandwiches.

I have included links to recipes and someday if I remember to take pictures before devouring the food you will see pictures too 🙂  

 

Happy cooking….or should I say eating!

Leftover Turkey Soup

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Homemade Turkey Soup photo by Taste of Home (I always forget to take pics but this looks so close – I promise to replace with a proper picture someday)

This is where my family finds dark meat acceptable 🙂 

Here is what you will need:

Leftover turkey (as little or as much as you like)

Green beans and diced potatoes (I make this together for holidays, it is seasoned green beans and diced red potatoes – generally seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning)

Leftover corn

1 quart vegetable broth (or chicken)

Celery

Minced  or fresh garlic

Green peppers

Onion

Tony Chacere’s Cajun Seasoning

Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning

Salt & pepper

Garlic powder

 

Directions:

Sauté onions, finely diced green pepper, garlic, and celery in stock pot. Add broth, let simmer as you add corn, green beans & potatoes and turkey meat.  Season to taste. 

 

We sometimes thicken with a cream of celery and put over rice.  You can also add noodles or rice however, you may need to adjust liquids and use more broth. We generally eat like a soup without the added calories of noodles or other carbs.  

 

Mini Turkey Croissant Pot Pies

These are the first things I make following a holiday with leftover turkey – and they are always gone and requested for at least one more round before the turkey is gone.  This recipe could also be done with chicken.

I make a very well-seasoned turkey and I live in the South, so adjust the seasonings to the taste buds of your family.  Because these are leftovers I am going to give you approximates – I don’t measure, I more so use taste and consistency. You don’t want these too runny but you still want them creamy. 

You will need:

1 can of cream of celery/mushroom soup.

2 tsp Garlic powder (you can add more or less)

1-2 tsp minced garlic

Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning (to taste)

Weber’s Gourmet Burger Season (to taste)

~ 1.5 – 2 Cups Leftover turkey

½ Cup Leftover mashed potatoes

~ ½ can or ½ cup Leftover green beans

~ ½ can or ½ cup Leftover corn

½ Onion

½ Green Pepper

1-2 stalks Celery

2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls ( I use the rounds or the seamless dough sheets)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil or butter

Milk (as needed)

Skillet

Muffin tin

 

Directions:

Take some oil/butter and place in skillet; begin heating.  Add Onions, minced garlic, celery and green peppers.  Sauté till soft and beginning to caramelize; add can of cream soup and ¾ can of milk.  Simmer as you add leftover green beans (I cut mine up a bit smaller), and corn.  Add in potatoes and stir so it is a thick sauce, add more milk if too thick.  Mix in shredded up turkey.  Season to taste ( I have listed above approximately what I use).

 

While the mixture is simmering, open crescent rolls and press into greased muffin tin.  The seamless dough sheets work well but do not seem to go as far, I buy the rounds and just use my fingers to create them into a small bowl in each muffin slot.  

 

When mixture is complete, spoon into uncooked muffin tin – do not overfill, make them about level with the top of the tin.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on crescent edges. 

 I ate these before we took pictures but I plan to make more tonight – I will post a picture soon!!!

Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna in the CrockPot

So I work a lot so anytime I can find something other than soup to make in my crockpot I am a very happy camper.  I looked up several different recipes and in the end, made up my own (of course). 

3 chicken breasts – finely diced (you can make it chunkier if you want – we have texture issues)

lasagna noodles (uncooked)

1 C. Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce (you could also use Frank’s Red Hot)

1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce

1 – 16 oz container Ricotta Cheese

Cheddar Cheese

Oaxaca Mexican Cheese (it melts well and is delish) or you can simply use mozzarella

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 C. Water

Green Peppers – finely diced

Blue Cheese Crumbles

Directions:

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray.  Mix chicken, spaghetti sauce and buffalo sauce.  Cover bottom with the meat sauce, sprinkle diced green peppers then spread a layer of uncooked, broken lasagna noodles.  Cover noodles with layer of ricotta cheese, a bit more sauce sprinkled with blue cheese and topped off with a mix of cheddar and Oaxaca cheeses.  Repeat till ingredient are gone!  You want the top to end with sauce and cheeses.  Add the 1/4 C. of water and cook on high for 2.5-3 hours (if you cook longer your noodles will be mushy).  This is messy coming out of the crockpot but yummy.  It stored well and worked well for individual meals all week.  I would say it made about 6 servings. 

Sorry for a half eaten pic – you know me, we ate before I took a pic 🙂

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The house of tiny closets

so I knew when moving into a house that was built in the mid-20th century I knew I was going to have very tiny closets – problem is I have not only a ton of clothes but a lot of purses and shoes, which are hard to store no matter your space…. so it was time to get inventive.

I did a whole lot of searching Pinterest and Google for “purse storage”, “shoe storage”, “no closets”, etc…

This is what I came up with and it looks awesome – I couldn’t be happier with the results, the became almost artwork – which any true shoe and purse lover would agree is what they actually are.  This is a $10 shoe rack and a $20 free standing clothing rack with wheels – both were purchased from http://www.1saleaday.com.  I then used shower curtain hooks from the dollar store to hook all the purses.  One a side note I would like to point out that brand new pair of Report knee high grey boots… I got them at Salvation Army for $9.99, say what?!?!  You heard right, now to find an event that demands their beauty!

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Record cabinet transformed

I am tired of particle board furniture from the store – so I have been scoping garage sales like the best of them. One fine Saturday morning in April I went wandering around my neighborhood to see what people were selling.  I found this awesome little cabinet but the lady went on and on about how it was from Brazil and special and she wanted $30 – and if there is anything to know about me it is that I AM CHEAP! Then the best thing happen… I was driving and saw  this random garage sale that wasn’t listed anywhere and had no signs – I of course stopped because she had furniture, asked in very broken Spanish how much for this record cabinet and she says “cinco” – I said “load it up”.  YAY!!!! I am tickled pink and then the imagination started running.

So I forgot to take an initial picture but stopped demolition early on to snap a pic.

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I took a 8lb sledge hammer and started busting out the bottom slots to make room for pans and then it dawned on me…the top can organize my lids. Brilliance!

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After I finished busting out the bottom slots (which was a lot harder than I initially thought it would be) I put contact paper on the bottom that I purchased for $5 at Target.

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After I was done, I decided to paint the inside a matching green that I had on hand from Drey’s nursery.  I am not the best painter nor was I the kid that colored in the lines – probably why I am good at abstract art and not drawing people 🙂

Here it is in my kitchen with pans in it

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Now, at some point I should probably deal with the dinged up doors on the inside but this has been amazing and when you have a tiny old kitchen with little storage space it allows me to still be organized with not having to use up my cabinet space for bulky pans and messy lids.. Yay!!

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