Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year! It is a time when you gather with family and friends and celebrate by eating turkey along with a lot of other great foods on the side. On most occasions there is a lot of leftover food with no idea what to do with it and in this article we are going to give you some great ideas on what to do with your leftovers after thanksgiving.
Give food to homeless
There are many ways to give homeless people food on thanksgiving. First, you can donate your leftovers to homeless shelters where they can distribute the food to the people staying at their shelter. There are many homeless people in need that would greatly appreciate a thanksgiving meal even if its leftovers. Another thing you can do is pack up individual meals filled with turkey and other Thanksgiving foods and hand them out to people on the street. There are many people on the streets and something as small as a good Thanksgiving meal can bring their hopes up in such bad times.
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Meal plan for the week
After the holiday, many of us are guilty of having lots and lots of thanksgiving leftovers. Whether it be turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, ham, pie, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, veggies, the list goes on and on. Fortunately, there are many things you can do with all of these delicious leftovers! One dish you could incorporate with all of these leftovers is something like a ‘Shepherd’s Pie’. You can add all of your leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey and veggies to make a sweet and savory meal. Another dish you could create is a ‘Thanksgiving Pizza’. This dish could include any leftover pie crust, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey and veggies. All of those toppings could make a very yummy and quick and easy meal. A good breakfast side could be cranberry muffins. You could take all of your leftover cranberry sauce and mix it in with any leftover veggies. The list of meals and dishes is endless but these are a couple of good ones to get your leftovers rolling.
How long will the leftovers last?
To keep leftovers fresh, be sure to wrap them and store them in the refrigerator around two hours after serving. The leftover turkey should last about three to four days while casseroles and potatoes should last a little bit longer. Foods that are put in the freezer should last indefinitely, but will lose flavor over time. Make sure to wrap any foods that are put in the freezer.
Overall, there are many great things you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers after eating with family and friends. We highlighted a few great ideas on what is possible to do with leftovers!