I am sure at this point in the month of November everyone knows what they are cooking for Thanksgiving. Either you go with your traditional recipes that have been in your family for years or your adventurous, and willing to mix it up a bit hoping not to step on any of your dinner guest’s toes.
Every time I think about planning out the holiday menu, I think about the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond when Marie decides to get on the healthy food bandwagon, and make a tofu turkey with steamed broccoli. As much as I want to be a dietarian guardian to everyone’s health, you don’t want to ruin the feast day everyone looks forward to with a fake version of their favorite like Marie did.
My family loves food as much as the Barone’s, that tofu turkey could have gotten me shunned and banned from the kitchen for many years. My Dad would have had the following written on my tombstone, “Here lies the women who ruined Thanksgiving with Tofu Turkey.” Makes my skin crawl thinking about it.
We always talk about trying out some new recipes or healthy versions of side dishes, but to me Thanksgiving is the time for nostalgic food. I am not the one to rock the boat and mess that up for others who feel the same or miss out on food that I generally stay away from on a daily basis. Yes, I may cut back on a little butter or sugar here and there, sneak in some whole grains, but I want the real deal pumpkin pie and a little brown sugar on my sweet potatoes!
What I do believe is the next day when you wake up with your Thanksgiving hangover, it is time to get back to normal eating habits asap! So hard to do with all the leftovers right? Yep, I agree leftovers are the best, but you can repurpose them into something cleaned up a bit.
No need to heat up the leftover turkey and slather on the gravy, chop that turkey up and make a salad! The Chopped Turkey Harvest Salad is one of my favorites. I like it so much, I just buy a turkey tenderloin and make it year round. The salad always taste better in November since the Granny Smith Apples have the perfect amount of tartness, and cranberries just make since this time of year. If you can find Brianna’s Poppy Seed dressing, (all natural ingredients) this is what makes the salad super satisfying and delicious!
P.S. to my sister Jocie, go ahead and make that delicious kale salad you have been eyeing on Pinterest, but make the green rice like Grandma Dolly. It will be okay:)
Chopped Turkey Harvest Salad
- 2 Large Romaine Hearts (chopped)
- 3 cups kale (chopped)
- 1/3 cup white sharp cheddar cheese (cut in small cubes)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (chopped)
- 1/3 cup raw cashews (chopped)
- 1 medium granny smith apple (chopped small)
- 1 pound Cooked Turkey (chopped small)
- 1/2 cup Brianna's Homestyle Poppyseed dressing
|In a large serving bowl add romaine and kale. |
|Add cheese, cranberries, cashews, and turkey and toss. |
|Drizzle dressing over salad and toss. |