After a long week of indulging in Holiday food does every one feel the food coma coming on? Or is it just me? We had our Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday since Thursday wasn’t a holiday for us and it was fantastic. But as usual I have been left with tons of leftover turkey. Half of the turkey has already been divided out as lunch meat and the rest I have been having fun cooking up different recipe ideas for more blog inspiration. Today I wanted to share a few ideas for you to use up some of your leftovers. Some of them are inspirations from my kitchen and others have been inspiration I have taken from some of my blogger friends. Remember a wasted bit of leftovers is wasted money so finding ways to use up each of your ingredients is a great way to make sure you don’t over spend this Holiday season.
I am all about finding ways to save money so utilizing every part of a meal is important to me. Which is why this confession is a bit embarrassing. I have never before boiled up the turkey carcass to make stock. That is until now. Now that I think about it all these years has been such a waste throwing it away and the broth can be used to make a wonderful soup for the cold winter days or used in any recipe calling for stock. I am going to be using some of mine in a risotto tonight. To give it a gorgeous golden colour you need to use onions that still have the skins on them. I didn’t do that this time because in the spirit of using up leftovers I had 6 onions that needed to be used that had been sliced for my attempt to make my own fried onions for my green bean casserole. Needless to say with all the work that needed to be done for my meal I decided this was a bit of an ambitious thing to try to do. So the colour of my stock wasn’t what I would have liked but the flavour was nice and strong and I am looking forward to the dishes and soup I am going to create with it.
What is your favourite soup that you would make with this gorgeous stock?
1 turkey carcass
4 Lt. (16 c.) cold water
2 large carrots, chopped
2 onions, quartered (do NOT peel)
1 Tbsp crushed peppercorn
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
It doesn’t matter how many times I see images from a disaster I am shocked every time. I just can never get use to the immense devastation that is left behind after disasters both man-made and nature. I hope I never lose that, I hope that there never comes a time that I look at an image of what use to be an entire row of houses now left in ruins and thing, ‘Oh well it happens.’ And then move on.
If that ever happens then I know that I have gotten to a dangerous place on complacency that I never want to be in. I know we are bombarded with these sad images all the time, and it can be so easy to just flip the channel or walk away. But if we do that then we are walking away from ourselves. Because every one of those people could be us one day, disaster isn’t prejudiced it could happen to any one of us. So that is why this week Sunday Supper is taking some time out of our day to ask you to stop and look at the images and do something about it. When hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the USA it left a wave of devastation unmatched in that area. Many people have lost so much and sadly too many lost the ones they loved. But it is at times like this that sometimes we can be reminded about what is amazing about the human spirit. When people join together to help out their neighbours or even complete strangers. Sunday Supper decided to share with you two organizations that we would like you to consider sending some support to and I am SO proud to say that the organization my parents work for was one of them.
My parents have worked with Hope Force ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast seven years ago. This organization not only has such an amazing heart for the people they work with they are also very experienced and skilled in this kind of disaster recovery. But unlike some of the big organizations they don’t have the financial backing to do as much as they would like and rely 100% on donations. They need our support in order to touch the lives of those effected by this storm. Both Hope Force and Sandy Relief Fund are actively working in the communities of New Jersey and I would ask you to consider blessing them with much needed funds so that they can continue to work in these communities.
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The Sunday Supper crew are sharing with your their favourite comfort dishes to give to people when in need. Whether it is a simple loaf of bread of a casserole to heat later. Sometimes the gift of food can bless the lives of those who are hurting. This dish is so easy to put together for a family in need of some good comfort food. Just skip the baking stage and wrap up in foil, giving it to the family with baking instructions.
Spaghetti Pizza Bake
340g (12 oz.) dry spaghetti
1 tsp. salt
130g (4.5 oz.) pepperoni*, sliced (about 30 slices)
1 (26 oz.) jar basil & tomato pasta sauce (or your favourite)
56g (1/4 c.) grated Parmesan cheese
226g (8 oz. ) mozzarella
Handful of fresh basil
*chorizo was more readily available to me when I went shopping so I substituted it this time.
Happy Thanksgiving! Are you ready for the belt tightening festivities? We won’t be having our meal until the weekend since it isn’t actually a holiday here in the UK but I am so looking forward to it. We are going to have all three grandkids plus all of “us” kids at my in-laws house, it is going to be very tight trying to get everyone around the table, but then again isn’t that what it is all about. Getting everyone together.
I do try to not let this time just turn into a time to throw all healthy eating habits out the window but at the same time I do like to have some fun. I am of the opinion that if you are trying to eat healthy and you completely deprive yourself of occasional treats then you are guaranteed to fail.
Well at least that is how it has worked for me.
So on this special occasion I wanted to share something with you that, well to be honest if you are on a diet you might want to look away. This is a bacon, cheesy potato feast that is every dieters nightmare. But served up with a large portion of broccoli and a small piece of grilled salmon as we did makes this not feel as naughty as it was, besides which it is incredibly easy to put together.
Cheesy Potatoes in a Bacon Crust
4 medium size potatoes, sliced thin
190g (1 1/2 c.) grated cheese
18 rashers of streaky bacon
1 tsp garlic powder
My sister became a vegetarian about 5 years ago. I remember the first holiday gatherings after she made the change and we were a bit thrown as to what to serve her. Growing up my family kept to pretty much the same dishes for holidays so at first we struggled figuring out what to feed her. So she resorted to just eating side dishes which from what I understand is fairly normal. But the issue is that our traditional side dishes didn’t leave her a lot to eat. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cream corn isn’t really a meal fit for kings. So over the years we have found different dishes to add to our table and have enjoyed including more main style dishes that are vegetarian friendly. I found this one when combing through the website Yummly and I loved the idea of having a vegetarian pie that could easily be served as a side dish for meat eaters and a main for those vegetarian guests. For me cooking during the holidays, or any family gathering, is a way to show my love for the people I am cooking for. So with in reason I try to always make sure I carefully consider diets restrictions people have. I know if you present a dish like this at your table you will make a lot of people happy. Because not only is it a great dish for vegetarians but it is so taste that even meat eaters will want to dig in.
Butternut Squash and Lentil Pie
1 cup red lentils
480mL (2 c.) water
300g (2 c.) butternut squash (peeled and 12 cubed)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp white wines
240mL (1 c.) veggie stock
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
95g. (3/4 c.) whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 tsp salt
60g (4 Tbsp) butter (chilled)
30g (1 oz) cream cheese (chilled)
3 Tbsp ice water
Recipe from Naturally Ella