For me, part of savoring the goodness is knowing that a hefty walk/run or gentle workout is waiting for me -- in a good way! Pre-baby, one of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving was starting the day with a quick gym workout before prepping the feast, and ending with a long walk or light jog. Now that we're parents, we've amended these lofty goals. This year, we did lots of running the bases at the baseball field down the street, jumping up to catch our shadows, and balancing on the bleachers like mini gymnasts-in-training. Post-din, we strolled out those second helpings of mashed potatoes with a sprightly walk in our neighborhood. I didn't burn a ton of calories, but we had a ton of fun. I call that a holiday win-win!
Fast forward a few days, and I'm still re-working leftovers in healthy ways. I whipped up turkey quesadillas (shredded turkey with cheese, a few peppers, and scallions), and tonight, it's turkey chili in the slow cooker. My "recipe" couldn't be easier:
Dump two cans of beans (kidney, or black work well -- and drained and rinsed well) into slow cooker or a pot on the stove, set to low heat.
Throw in a 1-2 cups (depending on if you want a thicker or thinner chili) of veggie, beef, or chicken broth.
Slowly add in one package of low-sodium chili seasoning, and stir. Then, add 1 can of chopped (or diced) tomatoes, with juice.
While those are simmering, chop up leftover turkey, along with whatever veggies you have on hand (I used green pepper, frozen corn, and scallions) and add them to the pot.
I let it simmer for about three hours on low. Soo delish!
Love and FIF,