Tip of the Week: Holiday Edition

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I guess it’s safe to say that holiday season is in full swing! For the next month, I will continue to do special holiday tips! Since it is the week after Thanksgiving, I find it appropriate to share a leftover hack that has saved me from wasting so much food! I know a lot of people really love their leftover Thanksgiving feast sandwiches, but I can only eat the same flavors so many times before I develop an extreme disgust with them. I did alright the first few times I had my parsnip mashed potatoes and seitan roulade, but after about three meals of the same exact thing, I felt like I never wanted to eat parsnips, rosemary, sage, thyme, or wild rice stuffing ever again!

The last two days I’ve had to get really creative. I have been repurposing leftovers like it is going out of style! I basically turn my leftovers into whatever I am craving at the time. I really did struggle at first, but when I thought about it, I was able to come up with some really good meals and eventually use up those pesky leftovers! With something like potatoes, I realized that they can be used in anything that requires a starch. For example, mashed potatoes can be used for gnocchi, to add body to potato soup, to thicken a vegan cheese sauce, for homemade potato bread, for potato pancakes, the list goes on and on! Seitan or vegan roasts can be used in anything from breakfast skillets to pot pies! I happened to make a pizza crust with my leftover parsnip mashed potatoes and used them in addition to my seitan and stuffing in shepard’s pie! These gave me different flavors than the Thanksgiving flavors that I was already sick of.

I know this is something I struggle with every year when the holidays roll around. No matter how hard I try, it is virtually impossible to make the right amount of anything. I always end up with a disgusting amount of leftovers that I can’t even begin to think about after the third meal. I know I could just freeze the leftovers, but I know my freezer would eventually overflow and I would be stuck with the same thing that I wasn’t even ready to eat in the first place!

Hopefully this tip was helpful! I know I can’t possibly be the only one out there who gets sick of leftovers before they are halfway gone. It has really helped me get through the last few days, when all I can think about is how much I really don’t want to eat my Thanksgiving again.

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