You look forward to holiday meals every year, but there's always a ton of leftovers after the main event. While the ham or turkey was delicious, eating it for the next week does not sound appealing - so spice it up! Here are some healthy recipe ideas that incorporate your holiday leftovers:

Sandwiches (naturally)

Ham and turkey sandwiches are a common way to use leftover holiday food. Mix up your sandwiches by pairing the meat with different condiments and toppings. If you want to be really creative, use the turkey and ham to make a Monte Carlo sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 thin slice of turkey
  • 1 thin slice of ham
  • 1 teaspoon of light mayo
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard (to taste)
  • 1 slice of provolone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of preferred jam (strawberry, blackberry, etc.)

Directions
Using everything but the jam, assemble your Monte Carlo. Place the sandwich in a small indoor grill to make a panini. When the cheese has melted and the bread is lightly toasted, set it on a plate with the jam on the side. Dip the sandwich in the jam and savor the combination of flavors.

Make the recipe your own by adjusting some of the ingredients. For example, different recipes might call for Swiss or American cheese, while others actually have the bread cooked similarly to French toast. When choosing your ingredients, be sure to keep your weight-loss goals in mind and pick items that will increase flavor but keep your sandwich relatively healthy.

A turkey sandwich with jam and lettuce. Create a variety of sandwiches using your holiday leftovers.

Soups

A lot of your leftovers can be repurposed in a number of soups. For example, ham can be chopped up and added to a potato soup, while veggies can be placed in stews. Here's a Classic Comfort chicken noodle soup (or, in this case, turkey noodle soup) recipe from the Food Lovers Fat Loss System that you can try using leftover turkey and relish tray veggies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cups of shredded turkey
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 cup of egg noodles
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
  • Teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Add the oil to a large pot over medium heat. When this has warmed, saute the vegetables until they've softened. Mix in the shredded turkey and cook for another couple of minutes. Next, pour the broth into the pot and bring the mix to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer. Add the noodles and cook until they're tender, about 10 minutes. Mix in the thyme, pepper and salt, then serve hot.

Eat this delicious dish with some leftover salad and you have a complete fat-loss plate.

A bowl of chicken noodle soup. Warm yourself up this winter with a hot soup made from your leftovers.

Rice mixture

A bowl of rice goes well with almost anything. If you have any leftover veggies, saute them in some olive oil then mix them with some sauce and pour it over the rice. Add some shredded turkey to the dish to top it off.

Ingredients:

  • White rice
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 sticks of celery (chopped)
  • 2 carrot stick (chopped)
  • 1 pepper (red or green)
  • 1 can of chicken broth (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups of white rice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Heat olive oil over medium heat and saute the vegetables until they're tender. Pour the chicken broth over the veggies and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve.

Don't feel like you have to stick strictly to this recipe, either. If you have any other vegetables you'd like to add, chop them up - you can also put some shredded turkey into the pot. Use this dish to create a fat-loss plate for lunch or dinner.

 



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