My mother’s Christmas dinners are irreplaceable. They are also, much to the chagrin of the few of us on Weight Watchers, huge! My mom was born into a large family, and often was given the duty of preparing these large extravagant affairs. Even now that there are only four of us, she cooks for eight. And this was after the downsizing.

Suffice to say, we usually have a lot of leftovers. But, what to do with them? Here are a few suggestions for those with eyes bigger than their stomachs:

The sandwich: Because of the amount of food we cook for Christmas dinner, we usually don’t touch the rolls. Instead, we use them the next week for turkey sandwiches. We each have our own version — my dad and sister like theirs with mayo and bacon, while my personal favourite is the simple turkey and cranberry sauce (sometimes I add a bit of stuffing).

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The Soup: After a while, even turkey sandwiches start tasting a little boring. Try making a soup out of your leftovers. Simply cook up some onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and whatever other vegetables you have in your fridge, put them in a pot with some chicken broth and turkey, and let simmer! Plus, it will keep you warm during this not-so-cold winter we’ve been having.
The pie: Another option is to cook a pie crust (homemade or pre-bought) and to stuff it with meaty goodness. The best turkey pies will include carrots, peas, celery, chicken broth, a little bit of milk, and some poultry seasoning. It may look complicated, but I ensure you a novice cook could do it — as long as they buy the pie crust.


The quesadilla: Instead of a sandwich, try a quesadilla. Inside a tortilla put a lot of cheese, some turkey, fried mushrooms, peppers, onions, and some spices. Fold over the tortilla or place another one on top of all the toppings. Then, place it in a frying pan. Flip when golden brown or the cheese begins to melt. You can even do this on a George Foreman grill. 

The bowl: Or, just mix everything in a dish, pour gravy on it, and enjoy! It’s not new years yet — no need to count the calories.


How do you use your leftovers? Let us know in the comments below!


Katherine DeClerq is a contributor to Women's Post. Her previous writing experience includes the Toronto Star, Maclean's Magazine, CTVNews, and BlogTO. She can often be found at a coffee shop with her MacBook computer. Despite what CP says, she is a fan of the Oxford comma.

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