Today we’re celebrating Thanksgiving. Out of all the Hallmark holidays here in the States, this has always been my favorite. I don’t have the greatest stamina in the holiday cheer department, so the fact that it’s nice and early means I’m still full of positive, festive energy. I also love the food—give me some turkey and veggies and some brown liquor or wine to wash it down with and I’m a happy camper. This year my family is doing something a little different and traveling together instead of gathering in my native New Jersey (now you know where I learned how to curse like a f***ing lady), but we’re still enjoying a (partly) home-cooked meal with loved ones. I think I share this every year, but this is my absolute favorite Thanksgiving family photo. I think this was…2011?

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving

A lot of my clients say they don’t have a ton of anxiety about Thanksgiving dinner itself—it’s more the leftovers that make it hard to stay on track with healthy habits. To help make it easier, I wrote up a collection of my favorite healthy ways to repurpose leftovers for The ListHealthy ways to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers, if you want to hop over there and check it out.

In the meantime, you can also enjoy this turkey soup recipe. I originally posted this last year, but here it is again. It’s one of my favorites.

Leftover Turkey Soup

Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each rosemary, oregano, turmeric, and red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole grain or bean-based pasta
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded turkey meat
  • 3 cups kale

 Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and spices. Cook until soft.
  2. Add water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add pasta. Cover.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes. Add turkey and kale and simmer another 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.

Serves 6

If your’e celebrating, how are you spending Thanksgiving this year? 

This has been another installment of the Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

Thinking Out Loud2 - Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

 

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