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Cure Thanksgiving Leftovers Monotony with these Unique Turkey Recipes

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If you hosted Thanksgiving this year, chances are you still have a lot of turkey left over in your fridge. If you are wondering what to do with some of it,check out these three yummy unique recipes we found around the web to try out. Enjoy!
TURKEY PHO
Ingredients:

1 whole cardamom pod

2 whole cloves

1 star anise pod

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seed

1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and

smashed

1/2 onion, peeled

1 turkey carcass

8 cups water, or more as needed

1 (16 ounce) package dried flat ricenoodles

1/4 cup fish sauce

salt to taste

1 cup shredded leftover cooked turkey

1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil leaves

(optional)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

(optional)

1/4 onion, thinly sliced (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)

1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as

Sriracha®), or to taste (optional)
Directions:

1.     Toast the cardamom pod, cloves, star anise, fennel, and coriander in a small skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Place the spices onto the center of a 8 inch square piece of cheesecloth. Gather together the edges of the cheesecloth, and tie with kitchen twine to secure. Sear both sides of the ginger and 1/2 onion in the same skillet until lightly charred, about 3 minutes on each side.

2.     Place the turkey carcass, water, sachet, ginger, and onion in a large pot over medium-high eat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 hours.

3.     Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rice noodles, and return to a boil. Cook the noodles uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles have cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

4.     Remove the carcass, sachet, ginger, and onion from the soup. Strain the soup to remove any meat that may have fallen off the bones, if necessary. Season with fish sauce and salt. Divide the rice noodles and turkey meat evenly into 4 large bowls. Scatter the basil, cilantro, and sliced onion on top. Ladle the soup on top. Serve with a wedge of lime and hot sauce.

source: All Recipes

TURKEY QUICHE

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter

1 small red bell pepper or poblano, seeds removed, diced

6 green onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

3 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

dash salt

1 cup diced roasted turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar Jack or Pepper Jack cheese, divided

1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

salt and pepper

Preparation:

Spray a deep dish pie plate or quiche pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Saute the bell pepper or poblano and the green onions for about 3 minutes, until tender. Stir in the cilantro, if using; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk; add flour, baking powder, and a dash of salt and continue whisking until smooth. Stir in the cooked vegetables, the turkey, and about 2/3 cup of the cheese. Pour into the prepared pie plate. Top with tomato slices, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, then top with the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until set.

source: SouthernFood About

 

TURKEY AND BLACK RICE SALAD

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of Fresh Cilantro, chopped

3 Tbsp of Fresh Mint, chopped

2 Tbsp of Canola Oil

3 Tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp of Lime Juice

1 tsp of Sugar

1/2 tsp of Sesame Oil

1 Tbsp of Soy Sauce

1 Clove of Garlic, finely minced

1 tsp of Grated Ginger

1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely minced

1 red Bell Pepper, diced

3 cups of Cooked Black Rice

8oz of Cooked Shredded Turkey

1) Preheat a skillet over medium high heat, allow it to get nice and hot and add the shredded turkey right in. Cook it for a few minutes on each side or until it gets nice and crispy all around.

2) Meanwhile, make your dressing. In a small bowl, add the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, canola oil, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sugar and chili, whisk together to combine and set aside.

3) In a large bowl, add the rice and bell pepper, along with the crispy turkey, cilantro and mint and dressing.

4) Toss everything together lightly (I like to do this with two forks) and serve!

Recipe By: Laura Vitale

Serves 6.

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What the Stars Did on Thanksgiving (IG Roundup)

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As with our usual tradition of stalking our fave celebs and past blog features, we took a look around the gram and chronicled what we saw our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums and family doing….’cause we’re just nosy like that.

Come on, admit it! You like seeing what the stars do on their spare and down time too, right!?! So…here is a tiny round up. We may update it a bit later.

Gisele had a great spread so good the kids couldn’t resist!

Thank you God ❤️?❤️ Obrigada Deus #happythanksgiving

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Ciara was expressing her gratitude for her son Future Zahir and new husband Russell Wilson

Grateful For My 2 Angels and Our Growing Family ❤️ #HappyThanksgiving

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Hillary Scott was wishing us all a Happy Turkey Day!

Happy sleepy, lazy, THANKFUL Turkey Day! ??

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Tamera Mowry-Housley bragged on her husband Adam Housley’s greens cooking skills

Yaaas! My man cooks greens ? ?And yes! They are bomb! #HousleyThanksgiving

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Ashlee Simpson Ross’ husband Evan Ross does too!

Happy Thanksgiving ? thankful for my man making yummy collard greens!

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Christina Milian was serving up food to the homeless and less fortunate!



Reese Witherspoon looked like the perfect Homemaker!

Fire up the ovens, y’all! It’s turkey time!!! ??? Who else is cooking RIGHT now?! ❤️ @DraperJames #HappyThanksgiving

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Tia Mowry had an awesome table setting!

Happy Thanksgiving ??

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Ali Landry’s daughter was cooking up a storm too!

My little helper! She is on soufflé duty? #mealprep #thanksgiving

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Roselyn Sanchez and her beautiful family enjoyed time together

Thanksgiving: Celebrity Maternity What to Wear Guide

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Whether you are hosting or heading over to the relatives today to celebrate Thanksgiving, you’re going to want to be comfortable if you’re expecting. Hot apartments or houses, overheated from the residents and occupants baking, boiling, stirring and frying stuff all day and hot a*&s fall sweater dresses don’t mix.

Really, that  combo is a proverbial “recipe for disaster” when you become irritable at having sweaty underboob, combined with your back ache and being slightly annoyed at everyone. And it won’t end well, especially if the dinner conversation ever veers towards politics! Oy!

Save yourself the stress and anxiety — and having to mend fences after you tell off your great uncle for his voting choices – by just keeping cool in one of these Thanksgiving outfits.

Our go to pick: wear a comfy collared maternity shirt over stretchy jeans.

A wrap dress in a jersey material with lots of give is a perfect alternative to hot sweater dresses that are common around this time a year but are a no-no for a mom-to-be. Also a wrap dress can be dressed up with elegant jewelry and wearing your hair up or in a bun or dressed down and worn under a denim jacket or sweater and with flat boots.

If you want to add a little bit of chicness to your outfit, you can throw on a nice silk scarf or layer a tank and a cropped leather jacket over your jersey top and fun but comfy maternity leggings.

Have it your way. A relaxed dressing style for the Thanksgiving dinner is the ultimate way to go! Here is a style guide we assembled compliments of our friends at Shopstyle!

So Funny, Reflecting on My Immigrant Thanksgiving Experience

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A friend of mine just posted a photo of a perfectly can-shaped portion of cranberry sauce and reminded me of my immigrant Thanksgiving experience growing up in America as an expat.

Because I was born in another country and immigrated to the United States with my family at the tender age of 4, the concept of an annual feast with family one time of year to give thanks for blessings and all we have was completely foreign.

Fortunately, we were always invited to the home of one of my parent’s friends or distant fellow immigrant relatives that live in our city and therefore our job was usually to bring a dish or drink and arrive. That was the ritual until our family grew to a hefty size of 6 after my two younger sisters and younger brother were born.

All of a sudden, the invitations trickled down and eventually came to a complete halt. Who wanted to add 6 additional servings and place settings to accommodate such a massive brood? So…the Jallohs we were on their own to figure this American tradition out for ourselves.

Well, they don’t have Turkeys in our native Sierra Leone, West Africa and my mom was not sure how long such a ginormous bird needed to cook. There was no Internet back then to look it up and my mom would just peel off the plastic wrapper that the turkey came packaged in and would ball up the simple instructions with cooking time printed on it too.

Instead, every Thanksgiving on our own, she’d rise around 5 am and stick the Turkey in the oven to cook…for the entire day. slow blink She was not interested in eating uncooked meat so to be safe, we were forced to eat the driest turkey in all of Washington, DC I’m certain. Like, every year.

It’s not until I got older and upon coming back home from college one year, did I find a recipe online to follow. The cooking instructions only required our bird to stay in the oven for a few hours given its weight and not until that year, sometime in the 1990s did anyone in my family feast upon a juicy turkey. Before then, we all assumed that’s just how all turkeys tasted; like a piece of seasoned rubber. ha!

Sides were usually what we saw folks eating on TV shows and when it came to cranberry sauce, it was Ocean Spray’s jellied sauce in a can. It was an obligatory accessory and we honestly thought you had to have it on the table even though a lot of us were suspicious about eating something so sweet with a savory meal.

We don’t mix sugar with dinner at all back home. Heck, there is no such a thing as desserts. When you’re done eating, that’s it.  You get up from the table and go about your business. There’s no coffee, after dinner cocktails and apple pie. Aaaah America and it’s excess. Supersize me, for sure.

But each year, somebody would open the can, plop it on a plate and set in on the banquet table to be passed up by dinner guests and eventually placed in a Tupperwear bowl where it would live for a bout a week or two before finding its final resting place in the sink garbage disposal.

Over time, some of us began to appreciate the tartness and would add a forkful or two to the second or third plate– never the first. But for the most part, it usually met an untimely demise. Such a waste of good processed jelly.

As I got older,  I would eventually learn about how real, non canned and jellied, cranberry sauce was supposed to look and taste. I even saw a recipe once!

But… upon peeping all the steps to make it and the idea of soaking the berries overnight, I realized that was just too many steps for this woman. They don’t call me “Queen of Fast Cook” for nothing. And by “they”, I mean my mother-in-law and husband.

I’m still not sure I like the moniker cause its a bit of a shady diss but I’m growing to accept the title.

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Anyooo…so over time, exchanging Thanksgiving family meal stories casually with friends who also grew up in immigrant families, I began to appreciate the fact that eating a traditional all-American Thanksgiving meal was  a common thing. We immigrants just fell in line. Call it, assimilation lite maybe. Ha!

This truth manifested itself this week even! A friend and mom at my daughter’s school said her husband’s foreign mom also made “traditional” American items for Thanksgiving. She said her mom-in-law didn’t even bother make their cultural dishes from their native country.

Her attitude was like ours, “this is an American thing and this is what they eat, so this is what we’ll eat.” How funny is that?

And coming back full circle, seeing a friend’s plate of cranberry sauce as her Facebook profile triggered all sorts of memories. Another friend replied back to my declaration that the canned cranberry sauce is an immigrant favorite by sharing it’s an American favorite too!

Who knew!?! Hilarious! It’s never too late to learn something new about Thanksgiving.

This year, I’m thankful for having a very wide, varied and diverse group of circles of friends from different stages and experiences of my life who can constantly enrich my life with new perspectives on life, cultural traditions, points of views on all different things in our big wide world.

I’m wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

 

Get Your Formal Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas Here

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Are you having a pretty formal Thanksgiving tomorrow. You know, one where you  have a specific number of invited guests and you plan to set up place settings for them. If you are and you haven’t quite figured out yet how to arrange the settings, you’re in luck.

Elle Decor has put together a slide show collection of 20 awesome Thanksgiving place settings for Martha Stewart in all of us. Granted, if you really are aiming to pull off a formal Thanksgiving table, you should  arguably be all set but I know I, for one, am a major procrastinator so this post would come right on time for people like me!

Check it out here!

 

 

A Child-Free Couple’s Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving for Families with Kids

 
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 The dinner party is a decidedly grown-up institution, and one that doesn’t typically include much room for guests of the pint-sized persuasion.
As more working parents are finding they have less time to spend with their kids, they also are becoming more reluctant to spend what precious little free time they do have away from them. However, parents still need to interact with their friends too, so it becomes very important to learn the ropes of including kids at your next sit-down shindig. If you don’t have children of your own, it can be even more difficult to understand exactly how you should entertain the smaller set, but it isn’t impossible and you shouldn’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed.
Contemplate the Cuisine
If the menu prominently features foie gras, ripe cheeses or escargot, preparing an additional menu for the smaller people with less adventurous taste buds is non-negotiable. While you don’t have to plop reheated frozen chicken nuggets or corn dogs onto a plate to satisfy kids’ appetites, you will need to take into account the fact that most children are picky and simply will not touch anything they can’t identify. Making sure that there are a few kid-friendly favorites on hand will ensure that all of your guests are well-fed and satisfied.
Kids’ Tables are Your Friend
While some parents prefer for their children to socialize with the adult guests over dinner, most understand the necessity of a kids’ table. There’s no reason why you can’t share a conversation that’s intellectually stimulating for the adults without fielding cries of boredom and bouts of pouting. Just create a dining environment that makes kids feel special, rather than shuffled off. In most cases, they’ll be thrilled with the opportunity to mimic the adults by exhibiting independence at their own table, away from Mom’s laser stare.
Create a Kid-Friendly Soirée Space
Choose a room or area of your house that isn’t filled to the brim with breakable bric-a-brac, and fill it with small toys and distractions for your youngest guests. Coloring books and crayons, board games or other playthings will give kids something to do while the grown-ups talk that doesn’t require them to stare glassily at a television screen while something animated flickers in their little faces. That being said, it isn’t an altogether bad idea to have a kid-friendly video or two on hand for emergency use; just make sure that none of your parenting guests have rules restricting screen time before whipping out your party-preserving feature film.
Consider a Sitter
If you’re planning a night to remember and want to ensure that the kids are entertained while the adults enjoy themselves, the best course of action may very well be to hire a sitter for the evening. Depending on the number of children you expect to have in attendance, you may even want to spring for two. Make sure that you choose a caregiver who will be actively engaged with the kids, rather than a disinterested supervisor. Remember, you want the kids to have a great time too.
Be Patient and Maintain Your Composure
Hosts and hostesses without children of their own can host kid-welcoming events too; it just takes a bit more preparation. If you don’t spend much time with children, you’ll want to make sure that you keep in mind the importance of being calm and patient. There will almost certainly be more noise and excitement than you’re accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself over to it and enjoy the unique evening for what it is.
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5 Ways to Save 1000 Calories This Thanksgiving

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Granted Thanksgiving is a time to really tear down on some really good food, but the Holiday is the start of a series of Holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter) of non-stop eating that have the average person packing on pounds that they don’t shed later.

A typical Thanksgiving dinner plate can be 2,900 or more. People think it’s the turkey that makes them so sleepy and tired after Thanksgiving meal, but in reality, it is all the carbohydrates that are part of the average Thanksgiving meal: cornbread, stuffing, rice, macaroni pie, rolls, casseroles, pasta, etc.

There are simple ways to save some of those calories. Here are five tips:

Say no to the gravy.

Put only two portions of carbs on your plate instead of three.

Fill up with veggies, salads, cabbage, green beans. Have those items take up most of your plate.

Drink a full glass of water before you eat to trick your body into getting fuller faster.

If there is a salad served, eat that first before eating the hot foods. This move will also help trick your body into getting fuller faster on less high calorie, high carbs foods.

The most important of which is portion control. If you must sample all the goodies, opt for one tablespoon of each verses a full portion size.

Good luck and Bon Appetite!

Follow These Tips for Thanksgiving Travel with a Toddler

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Now that Halloween is over, it may be time to start shifting focus on Thanksgiving planning. If your family is hitting the road and taking a long-distance car trip to your Thanksgiving destination this year, here are snippets from our Thanksgiving travel tips to make it a smoother ride especially if you’re traveling with a toddler:

Set Clear Expectations

Before venturing out on the road, start small and positive by setting guidelines, says Carrie Krawiec, Michigan-based family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic. “Parents can set their children up for success by creating easy-to-remember expectations before leaving home,” she says. Create a list of five car behaviors to follow, such as keeping your hands to yourself and your bottom in the seat, using an inside voice and avoiding putting your feet on chair in front of you, suggests Krawiec.

Encourage positive behavior with travel rewards. “Parents can gauge their child’s level of attention by saying ‘I am going to watch these things and every five minutes if you have done this, you will earn a point for a sticker or silly band,’” says Krawiec. “This will make travel more cooperative.”

Charge Electronics

Even though you may limit your toddler’s time with tablets and electronic games at home, an iPad or Gameboy may be just what your child needs while traveling on long road trips. “With the age of technology, we have a big bonus,” says Christine Gutierrez, New York-based psychotherapist.

Many vehicles come equipped with DVD players and outlets for charging electronics to ease the challenge of traveling with young children. Pop in your child’s favorite movie or host a family sing-along with his favorite CD.

Make the trip educational, too. Download educational games and applications on a tablet to entertain your child or pick up a book or CD before taking off on your road trip. “Compromise is key here,” says Gutierrez. “Make baby happy and the rest of you shall be happy in the car as well.”

Chomp Down on Snacks Often, hunger cravings can cause a toddler to act out or misbehave. Prepare for a long road trip by packing a cooler of snacks and drinks to satisfy his hunger. Non-messy items, such as grapes, carrots or fruit gummies, will keep your toddler and your vehicle clean during snack time. Juice packs or milk in a Sippy cup can also comfort a sleepy toddler while traveling.

Break Out Goodie Bags The idea of being locked inside a vehicle for hours on end doesn’t necessarily sound appealing to a young child; however, if the trip includes goodie bags filled with games and activities, she may be more than eager to jump into that car seat.

Keep the bag in the front seat with you and break out games and activities along the way as your toddler gets antsy, such as a coloring book and crayons, an etch-a-sketch or even bubbles to blow out the window. Make the trip educational by purchasing a map and asking your toddler to point out states you drive through or license plates from each state. When your toddler is tired of one game or activity, take out another to keep her occupied.

Parents can include any of the following in a “goodie” bag for a long road trip with toddlers:

  • Dry erase board with markers
  • Stickers
  • Small Cars
  • New Books
  • Paper for Drawing
  • Travel Versions of Favorite Games
  • Dollar Store Finds

You can make activities much simpler by bringing along a lap desk or a cookie sheet your child can place on her lap. As a bonus, using magnets on the cookie sheet creates a game of its own, and the raised edges will prevent crayons or cars from landing on the floor of the car.

“Planning ahead is the key to preventing restless, unhappy children (and parents) during a car trip,” says Richard Peterson, vice president of education at Kiddie Academy. “In fact, you can even sneak in a little education along the way by playing classic car games, adjusted to fit your child’s age.”

Peterson suggests asking toddlers to search for shapes, colors or specific objects along the way. “The games will serve as a distraction, but also help to hone observation skills,” he says.

If all else fails, crank up the tunes or make a pit stop at a park along the way to deter boredom for your little one. “Boredom is probably the biggest difficulty your child will encounter during a long car trip,” says Peterson. “Toddlers live in the here and now and do not have the life experience to understand that the destination will be worth the time in the car seat.”

Try Out These Unique Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers Recipes

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If you hosted Thanksgiving this year, chances are you still have a lot of turkey left over in your fridge. If you are wondering what to do with some of it,check out these three yummy unique recipes we found around the web to try out. Enjoy!
TURKEY PHO
Ingredients:

1 whole cardamom pod

2 whole cloves

1 star anise pod

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seed

1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and

smashed

1/2 onion, peeled

1 turkey carcass

8 cups water, or more as needed

1 (16 ounce) package dried flat ricenoodles

1/4 cup fish sauce

salt to taste

1 cup shredded leftover cooked turkey

1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil leaves

(optional)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

(optional)

1/4 onion, thinly sliced (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)

1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as

Sriracha®), or to taste (optional)
Directions:

1.     Toast the cardamom pod, cloves, star anise, fennel, and coriander in a small skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Place the spices onto the center of a 8 inch square piece of cheesecloth. Gather together the edges of the cheesecloth, and tie with kitchen twine to secure. Sear both sides of the ginger and 1/2 onion in the same skillet until lightly charred, about 3 minutes on each side.

2.     Place the turkey carcass, water, sachet, ginger, and onion in a large pot over medium-high eat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 hours.

3.     Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rice noodles, and return to a boil. Cook the noodles uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles have cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

4.     Remove the carcass, sachet, ginger, and onion from the soup. Strain the soup to remove any meat that may have fallen off the bones, if necessary. Season with fish sauce and salt. Divide the rice noodles and turkey meat evenly into 4 large bowls. Scatter the basil, cilantro, and sliced onion on top. Ladle the soup on top. Serve with a wedge of lime and hot sauce.

source: All Recipes

TURKEY QUICHE

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter

1 small red bell pepper or poblano, seeds removed, diced

6 green onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

3 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

dash salt

1 cup diced roasted turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar Jack or Pepper Jack cheese, divided

1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

salt and pepper

Preparation:

Spray a deep dish pie plate or quiche pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Saute the bell pepper or poblano and the green onions for about 3 minutes, until tender. Stir in the cilantro, if using; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk; add flour, baking powder, and a dash of salt and continue whisking until smooth. Stir in the cooked vegetables, the turkey, and about 2/3 cup of the cheese. Pour into the prepared pie plate. Top with tomato slices, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, then top with the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until set.

source: SouthernFood About

 

TURKEY AND BLACK RICE SALAD

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of Fresh Cilantro, chopped

3 Tbsp of Fresh Mint, chopped

2 Tbsp of Canola Oil

3 Tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp of Lime Juice

1 tsp of Sugar

1/2 tsp of Sesame Oil

1 Tbsp of Soy Sauce

1 Clove of Garlic, finely minced

1 tsp of Grated Ginger

1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely minced

1 red Bell Pepper, diced

3 cups of Cooked Black Rice

8oz of Cooked Shredded Turkey

1) Preheat a skillet over medium high heat, allow it to get nice and hot and add the shredded turkey right in. Cook it for a few minutes on each side or until it gets nice and crispy all around.

2) Meanwhile, make your dressing. In a small bowl, add the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, canola oil, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sugar and chili, whisk together to combine and set aside.

3) In a large bowl, add the rice and bell pepper, along with the crispy turkey, cilantro and mint and dressing.

4) Toss everything together lightly (I like to do this with two forks) and serve!

Recipe By: Laura Vitale

Serves 6.

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