One of my favorite things about the holidays is the “leftovers.” Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, there’s usually enough leftovers to give me several easy meals. Turn leftovers into something different using the E-Z ideas below. These are basic ideas/recipes — YOU decide if you want to add more or less of each of the ingredients, depending on your personal taste. I’m posting this early since you’re probably making up your final grocery list. Plan ahead with these no-fuss ideas:

OPEN FACE TURKEY SANDWICH: Go OLD SCHOOL! There’s nothing like a “basic” open face turkey sandwich. Thoroughly heat shredded turkey in leftover gravy. Toast a thick piece of bread such as Texas Toast or Sourdough and pour the turkey/gravy mixture over the toast. It doesn’t get much easier (or tastier) than this!

TURKEY AVOCADO SANDWICH: Toast two pieces of your favorite sandwich bread. Mash an avocado. Spread approx. half of it it over one slice of the bread, add slices of turkey and 2 or 3 slices of crispy bacon (optional). Top with the other slice of toasted bread. OPTIONAL: Mayo

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS: This is an easy recipe using leftover sweet potato casserole (or sweet potatoes).

¾ cup Flour, 1-1/2 teas. Baking Powder, ½ teas. Salt, dash of Cinnamon, ½ cup of leftover Sweet Potato casserole, 1/3 cup Milk, 3 tbsp. of Vegetable or Canola oil. Mix all ingredients until moistened then form into 6 small biscuits. Bake at 450 degrees for approx. 12 minutes or until lightly browned and baked through. Serve with butter and/or honey.

TURKEY OR HAM CRESCENT ROLL SNACK: Using refrigerator tube crescent rolls, lay out each triangle of dough on a cookie sheet. Spread each triangle with Dijon mustard or mayo. Add small pieces of turkey or ham then top with a little piece of cheddar cheese. Roll up crescents and bake per instructions.

TURKEY PATE: mince leftover turkey and mix with whipped cream cheese (half turkey, half cream cheese), add a few tablespoons of crushed walnuts and a dash or 2 of Worcester sauce. Add a little milk or cream to thin it out as desired.  OPTIONAL: Minced red onion, dash of hot sauce. Proportion ingredients to your personal taste. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.

CRANBERRY SMOOTHIE: Use leftover home-made cranberry sauce for a delicious smoothie. Combine a few heaping tablespoons of cranberry sauce with a scoop vanilla ice-cream, add approx. 1/3 cup milk. Optional: Add a tablespoon or 2 of plain or vanilla yogurt or add a few fresh orange or mandarin slices. BLEND…DONE!

CRANBERRY TOPPING: Home-made cranberry sauce is great over French Vanilla (or plain Vanilla) ice-cream. OPTIONAL: Add chopped walnuts and/or diced orange or mandarin slices. Also good as a topping over plain pound cake, bundt cake or plain white cake.

HEARTY TURKEY WILD RICE MUSHROOM SOUP: LIGHTLY saute 5 to 8 sliced mushrooms (just until slightly wilted) while cooking a 6-oz. box of your favorite wild rice soup (such as Uncle Ben’s ® Long Grain & Wild Rice) per the instructions. When rice is done, add 1 can of chicken broth, approx. ½ cup of water, 1/3 to ½ cup of shredded leftover turkey and the sauteed mushrooms. For a thinner soup, add more chicken broth or water. For an extra hearty flavor, add a tablespoon or two of leftover gravy. Simmer approx. 10 minutes on low heat. NOTE: If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can leave them out, but they give it an added flavor.

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE BREAKFAST EGGS: In a frying pan (coated with cooking spray or lightly buttered) place several mounds of leftover green bean casserole. Flatten them to approx. a small pancake size. Heat the flattened casserole on low heat for a few minutes until it is heated through. Then top each green bean casserole pancake with a freshly cracked egg. Put a lid over the pan and cook the eggs until over easy or anyway you like them. OPTIONAL: top with toasted fried onion rings.

LEFTOVER FRIED ONION RINGS: Toast them: Then use them as soup toppers, mix in with home fries or mix in with scrambled eggs.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE, check in with Wonder Women Sixty for more holiday ideas including E-Z holiday decorating ideas, gift ideas and more! Life is short – let’s keep it simple, E-Z and fun!

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