Family Meals Matter: Look forward to leftovers

HealthyEating.orgNovember 25, 2013 

A meal as delicious as Thanksgiving should come more than once a year. Luckily for many, enjoying the leftovers is almost as fun as the initial meal itself. However, make sure you follow safe food storage guidelines to make sure you don't get more than you bargained for with your leftovers.

Leftover turkey, stuffing and other cooked dishes will only stay safe to eat in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, so freeze extra portions to use later. Be sure to reheat all turkey leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Always bring gravy to a rolling boil before re-serving and if you are reheating in the microwave oven, cover food and be sure to rotate the dish so it heats evenly.

Following those food safety tips, look forward to a family feast of leftover Cranberry Pork Roast, Pumpkin and Mashed Potato Soup and Easy Bread Pudding. Other clean-out-your fridge recipes to safely enjoy all week long include Turkey Waldorf Salad, Shredded Turkey and Pinto Bean Burritos, Hot Cranberry Sipper and Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches.

FEATURED FAMILY MEAL:

CRANBERRY PORK ROAST

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/14129/cranberry-pork-roast.aspx

Total Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes

Actual Cooking Time: more than 2 hours

Number of Servings: 8 (439 calories/serving)

You don't have to spend all day in the kitchen to prepare this dish, yet it tastes like a gourmet meal.

Ingredients:

1 3-pound boneless rolled pork loin roast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 16-ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation:

Cut roast in half and place in a slow cooker; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

- Cook's Notes: Add less honey to reduce the calories in this dish.

PUMPKIN AND MASHED POTATO SOUP

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/65664/pumpkin-mashed-potato-soup.aspx

Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Actual Cooking Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Number of Servings: 6 (153 calories/serving)

Ingredients:

3 cups mashed potatoes

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 1/2 cups fat-free half and half or low-fat milk

1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

5 tablespoons light sour cream

Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:

1. Prepare mashed potatoes using milk (or use leftovers). Add the pumpkin and milk or half and half in medium sauce pan, whisk well to blend.

2. Add cheese and spices, stir to combine. Cover pan and simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pepper and salt, if desired.

3. Spoon into serving bowls. Swirl a tablespoon of light sour cream into each bowl. Serve hot.

- Cook's Notes: This soup is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and canned pumpkin. Nutrition calculated using low-fat milk.

EASY BREAD PUDDING

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/7042/easy-bread-pudding.aspx

Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Actual Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings: 8 (147 calories/serving)

Ingredients:

4 cups cubed day-old bread, such as whole-wheat, raisin, sourdough or oatmeal

2 cups fat-free milk, scalded

3/4 cup each: fat-free egg substitute, packed dark brown Sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon brandy or rum, optional

Powdered sugar, optional

Preparation:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-quart nonstick baking dish with cooking spray. Place cubed bread in baking dish and set aside.

2. Combine milk, egg, brown sugar, vanilla and brandy (if desired) and pour over bread cubes in dish.

3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set.

4. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Lightly dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

- Cook's Notes: This is delicious served warm or cold. Nutrition is calculated without the optional ingredients.

ADDITIONAL RECIPES:

TURKEY WALDORF SALAD

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/95600/turkey-waldorf-salad.aspx

SHREDDED TURKEY AND PINTO BEAN BURRITOS

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/35240/shredded-turkey-pinto-bean-burritos.aspx

HOT CRANBERRY SIPPER

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/7650/hot-cranberry-sipper.aspx

OPEN FACED TURKEY SANDWICHES

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Browse-Search-Recipes/rid/7804/open-faced-turkey-sandwiches.aspx

"Family Meals Matter" features registered dietitian-approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California's nutrition philosophy. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, visit www.healthyeating.org.

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