By Amy Kathleen Miller

As a person who likes to pride myself in being a vegetarian, mostly vegan, I often drink green smoothies for breakfast with fruits, banana, and spinach, but the liquid I use is either rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.  I am trying to go vegan as much as possible.  With John, he was raised quite a bit on a dairy farm where meat was a regular part of a meal, so going vegan for him is a lot harder.

If my children or John ever want meat for a meal — not very common in this household — the only rule from me is that I refuse to cook it because I never really learned how to cook meat.  So John would have to cook it and I cook only vegetarian meals.

Yay! Love those leftovers. Two of my favorite ...
Yay! Love those leftovers. Two of my favorite things to do with them: enchilada casserole – Note: use leftover turkey instead of chicken 🙂 turkey potato soup Of course, that only takes care of the turkey, not all the other stuff. We will have to have turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry sauce at least once more! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Thanksgiving, John did get a turkey — since he does the grocery shopping, because he doesn’t mind it and I hate it.  So he shops and I do most of the cooking.  Great trade, don’t you think?  He cooks as well if I am very busy, plus Friday nights are his night to cook a delicious soup and he also tries to get creative with Sunday dinners, he is a big help in this family.  He did make it a point not to get a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving this year, since there has been a lot of animal abuse in that company.

John cooked the turkey, around a 20-pounder (and let me tell you, he cooks the juiciest, most tender turkey I’ve ever eaten anywhere with his secret being to cook it for all but the last 30 minutes or so with the breast facing down in the pan so all the juices run into the breast portion), but since there was only five of us and one huge turkey we used it for so many other meals that helped us well with our food budget now.  On Friday night, he cooked a family favorite with a twist — his chicken noodle soup, but he used leftover turkey instead of our usual non-meat chicken noodle soup, which I find to be just as scrumptiously delicious as the real meat, and besides, no animal dies for most of our meals.

For the following Sunday meal, John made nachos  with more leftover turkey.  The kids devoured that.  On Monday, he made mashed potatoes with turkey in the gravy.  On Tuesday night, I made another family favorite, chicken pot pie, except I used the last of the leftover turkey instead of the Fri-Chik non-meat food that we use.  Our kids love Fri-Chik.

If you like the idea of being more of a vegan, I would love to turn your attention to Vegetarian Times magazine.  It has a lot of recipes in it that are unique and delicious.  One recipe that I used from there was a butternut squash pizza, and my family loved it.  Who would have thought a recipe with the sauce being squash would get high points, even from someone who’s not a fan of squash of any kind?  If you have a vegetarian recipe that you would love to share on my blog, please shoot one to me.  Thanks!

So that is what we did with all of our leftover turkey from Thanksgiving this year.  What other ways do you know of to use up leftover turkey?

Editor’s Note:  “Amy’s Angle” is a weekly Wednesday feature in this blog.

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