Friday, February 12, 2021

Leftover Wizardry/Use It Up/Avoiding Food Waste

We are not big fans of turkey meat and usually have ham for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Well this past holiday season, Ibotta had that great deal where buying a Butterball turkey breast was actually a money maker, so they basically paid us to take the turkey from the store. 

In the past we had a neighbor who was food insecure and enjoyed turkey, so I was happy to give them our turkeys each year. Mom used to get a free one every holiday season from work and we were happy to give them to someone who needed and enjoyed them. They've since moved away and now we have to do other things with the turkeys. 

Last week I took the turkey breast out of the freezer and cooked it, deboned it and after cooling, put it back into the freezer. I also had some homemade dressing in the freezer, so I decided to pair those up and make Friday night dinner out of them.

I knew I was going to have to doctor that turkey up well in order for us to eat it.. So I made sure to fry up an onion in a little bit of butter, which is first step in getting anything to taste good.  LOL

I also added salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder, herbes de provence, and rosemary

And for good measure I made gravy out of chicken broth and cornstarch and added that in there along with a tiny package of turkey gravy that came with the turkey breast. I accidently cut into the turkey gravy package when I was unwrapping the turkey and lost some of that gravy in the sink. 

Afterwards I thought the dish would be good over mashed potatoes and I had some left from Thursday night's dinner, but instead of heating them up I just added them to the turkey along with a spoonful of the dressing. 

I stirred it well, crossed my fingers and prayed. 

I'm happy to report that we both ate it and I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. The spices really helped to doctor it up.

Bailey even said it was good for turkey. LOL

That reminds me of a southern compliment a friend gave his wife once when he said,  "Well, I wouldn't feed that to the dogs!"  Of course her Mom was sitting there laughing because she knew he meant it was too good to feed to the dogs. 

I have to say it's very nice to use these items up and not let them go to waste, which I was concerned about. So the moral of this story is even if you think you might not like something, see what you can do with it. You may end up surprising yourself and end up saving yourself some money. 

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. Sounds tasty! Glad you were able to enjoy your turkey, and I love how you spiced things up. We love turkey here, but I do get tired of it after several days.
    My son gave me one of those backhanded compliments one time when he was little, he said sometimes the worst looking things taste the best. :D

    1. Thank you, Kathy.

      LOL, kids say the funniest things, don't they? One time we were walking outside and it was a hot and humid summer day and my daughter told me someone need to turn on the air out there. LOL

  2. Sounds like a great way to use up what you had. Sam told me recently, after I'd made a new Keto friendly chili...well, you definitely tried something new, Mom. .. that was code for, it was new, but I didn't like it. ;)

    1. LOL! You just never know what they will say. LOL

  3. Sounds good! We aren't big fans of turkey either but like you, I sure wouldn't let it go to waste!

  4. I completely understand how you feel about turkey. We are the same way and also get ham or seafood for holiday dinners.

    You did a great job turning the turkey into an enjoyable meal.

  5. Belinda, doesn't feel wonderful not to waste anything. With our cold snap I am becoming a pro at this.

    God bless.

    1. Yes, it does, Jackie. I love not wasting anything.

  6. I love the taste of turkey without any seasoning except sage. If I lived near you, I could trade money for that turkey.

    1. If you lived near me, I would give you the turkey. No need to exchange money.

  7. I love turkey, but despise ground turkey or ground chicken. Yuck and double yuck.

    1. Oh my gosh, Kim...yes! I don't like ground turkey and I've never tried ground chicken. I'm just not going there. LOL


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