Recipe of the Workweek: Meals to Bring to Work from Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving deliciousness doesn’t have to end just because the holiday is over! Everyone knows that one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, which provide plenty of tasty options for your next office lunch. From savory turkey to flavorful side dishes, the Thanksgiving table presents lots of possibilities that will keep you satisfied throughout the day. Offering a perfect combination of protein and vegetables, these meals are well-balanced, filling and provide all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay energized throughout the day. Plus, since these meals are pre-made, they can be prepared in a flash. If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving leftover inspiration, check out our list
It doesn’t get more classic than a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich! Great for enjoying while on the go, this sandwich combines all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes into one tidy, portable sandwich. If you’re in between meetings or need a quick boost of energy, keep this sandwich on-hand for a convenient solution to midday fatigue. What makes this recipe even more amazing is how simple it is to make – select a healthy mix of protein, carbs and greens (we recommend turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and some lettuce), top with cranberry sauce and stack the ingredients into a sandwich!
If you’re in need of a post-Thanksgiving detox, this salad puts a healthy spin on your favorite holiday leftovers. To assemble this salad, all you need is turkey, mixed greens, cornbread and oil and vinegar dressing. Simply toss the ingredients together and, in minutes, you have a fresh salad ready just in time for lunch. Leafy greens, like spinach and Swiss chard, are chock-full of vitamins, including vitamin A, which promotes healthy vision and cell growth, vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, fiber, iron and calcium. Fiber is responsible for maintaining insulin levels and iron has been known to combat fatigue, ensuring that your energy stays consistent throughout the workday. With this combination of wholesome vitamins and minerals, this Thanksgiving salad is a great option for working smart and living well.
Cornbread dressing is a popular Thanksgiving side dish that also makes for versatile leftovers! Bell peppers are a low-calorie food that also happen to provide tons of nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Bell peppers are often celebrated for their high concentration of antioxidants, which boost immunity, regenerate cells, boost energy and contribute to a better quality of life. Even better, this zesty lunch idea takes only 22 minutes to prepare, making it a great option for those with a busy schedule. To assemble, lay the bell peppers on a baking sheet and then broil for four minutes. Cut off the stems, remove the ribs and seeds and stuff the peppers evenly with cornbread dressing. Bake the dish at 425 for seven minutes and you have a wholesome, healthy lunch option.
If you have lots of leftover turkey, consider spicing up your lunch hour with bold and bright turkey “carnitas” tacos! This light and lean alternative to pork carnitas offers vibrant flavors and plenty of protein to get you through the day. Since this recipe includes pre-prepared food, it can be whipped up in no time. To achieve that desirable crunch, fry up shredded pieces of Thanksgiving turkey in a pan with the oil of your choice. Once the meat is nice and crispy, spread the mixture generously on a tortilla and top with cilantro, onions and lime juice.
We can all agree that turkey tastes amazing, but did you know that it also supports a healthy diet? Turkey is a low in fat and high in protein, containing 25 grams of protein in a three-ounce serving. High-protein diets are essential to maintaining strong bones and healthy hair, skin and nails. Protein also plays a huge role in cognition and brain function, supporting the neurotransmitters responsible for promoting concentration and balancing mood. If you still need convincing to incorporate more protein in your diet, 10 percent of our energy comes from protein! This simple leftover turkey noodle soup recipe is not only rich in wholesome ingredients like lean turkey, carrots, onions and celery, it is also comforting and perfect for the cold, winter weather.
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