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Thanksgiving Leftovers? Build Your Own Protein Bowl

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Enjoy this tasty way to use your thanksgiving leftovers! Mix in some cancer-fighting foods to stay on track with your healthy eating goals.

Looking for something to do with Thanksgiving turkey leftovers or to experience the warm and comforting taste of the holidays? Try a festive and delicious Thanksgiving protein bowl. Not only is this recipe flexible and creative, it’s protein-packed! Use what you have leftover from Thanksgiving or try the recommended recipes below to fill your bowl with a delicious array of the healthier version of holiday comfort foods.

Mashed Potatoes

  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 5 medium potatoes, 2 tbsp. butter, ⅔ cup milk
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • Wash, peel and chop potatoes into quarters
  • Boil potatoes for 15 minutes
  • Once soft, strain potatoes and return them to the pot
  • Add milk and butter to the pot
  • Mash together until potatoes appear to be smooth

Roasted Veggies

  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 2 cups brussel sprouts, 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 medium sweet potato, 2 crowns broccoli, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. rosemary
  • Set the oven to 350 degrees
  • Chop brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato or other veggies into half inch pieces
  • Spread the vegetables evenly onto a cookie sheet
  • Pour your choice of cooking oil over top of the veggies
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper and rosemary over top of the entire tray
  • Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until vegetables reach desired consistency

Healthy Gravy

  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 3 cups vegetable broth, ¼ tsp. sage, thyme, rosemary, pepper and garlic powder, 4 tbsp. whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • In a large pot combine the flour, cornstarch and vegetable broth
  • Add all other ingredients, stirring well to combine
  • Continue to stir thoroughly as you bring the gravy to a boil
  • Reduce the heat to a low boil
  • Boil the liquid down until it’s half gone as you continue to stir
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly

Protein bowl:

Using mashed potatoes as the base of your bowl, add stuffing, roasted veggies, leftover turkey and any other leftover foods you have available. Pour gravy as desired and dig in!

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