Thanksgiving Leftovers Frittata

Because Thanksgiving leftovers are even better the second time around. Especially when you fiddle around with other ingredients! I knew we wanted to make a lot of wraps with the leftovers…

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Inside: spinach/kale, leftover quinoa stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey.

As good as those looked, I wanted to do something a little more exciting. After researching some frittata recipes, I got an idea of how to actually make one. Ha. And then I decided to throw in a bunch of leftovers!DSC_6981

It turned out splendidly! I heard lots of “Mmm’s” from the family, so that’s a good sign too. We polished this baby off in one day no problemo. All the flavors of Thanksgiving are packed into this brunch (…and lunch and dinner) dish, but it’s a twist on the regular ol’ monster of a leftovers sandwich. Not that those are bad though.

This is a super duper flexible recipe, using any leftovers you have on hand. I also recommend using a cast iron skillet if you have one! The crust that forms on the bottom of the frittata rocks.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Frittata

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c. diced leftover turkey (I used both dark and white.)
  • 2 c. diced vegetables (You can use fresh or whatever is already cooked. I used celery, onion, mushrooms, and green beans.)
  • ¼ – ⅓ c. parmesan cheese (or any kind of cheese you have)
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage or rosemary (or 1 tsp. dried herbs)
  • cranberry sauce (optional)
  • pinch o’ salt and dash o’ pepper
  • cooking spray, oil, or butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a large, oven-safe skillet (preferably cast iron) with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Make sure to grease the sides of the skillet as well. Sauté vegetables on medium-high heat until soft if using fresh veggies. If using pre-cooked vegetables, just heat them through in the skillet. Once the vegetables are warm and/or soft, add the turkey. Stir and let the meat heat through.
  3. In the meantime, whisk the eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in cheese, herbs, salt, and pepper.
  4. Make sure your vegetables and meat are evenly distributed throughout the skillet. Add the egg mixture to the skillet and let the bottom and sides cook through (about 5 minutes).
  5. Evenly place six small dollops of cranberry sauce around the top.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven for 18-20 minutes to finish cooking.
  7. Once the eggs are set, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut into six slices (I actually cut it into eight— force of habit) and serve it up!

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Before going into the oven

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After. Ta-da!

Let me know if you try this out!

So tell me: What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers?

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A Lovely Thanksgiving

Here is the story of our Thanksgiving…

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Super quick breakfast before Mass

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Talking to one of my religious education students from last year (you can’t see him…maybe that was obvious)

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Bought our Christmas wreath!

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Ready for action. This time, knowing what the heck I’m holding.

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Using the laptop for recipes

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Peelin’ and choppin’ 

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Macy’s Parade in the background. Ben was already tired.

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First dish finished: Gina’s Cranberry Quinoa “Stuffing”

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Snack

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Hour-long walking break with Dad

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I thought my face was going to fall off. The wind was freezing.

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Quasi-lunch

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Nibbles from mom’s beautiful appetizer spread

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Homemade honey cornbread hot out of the oven

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Corner piece

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Brussels all set

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Homemade rosemary parmesan mashed potatoes with roasted garlic

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Bird’s the word

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Mom’s Asian-inspired brown rice with turkey giblets

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Feelin’ fancy, but not too fancy (note the “non-alcoholic”)

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All together now

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Centerpiece

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The company— my great-aunt and her friend, both of whom are Maryknoll nuns. Ben took the photo.

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Blessings

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Dig in! 

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My favorite. Apple pie a la mode. Plus some berry pie.

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De-seeding a pomegranate using the water method for the first time. So helpful.

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Rubies

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Blazing

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Classic

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Tryptophan

I am beyond thankful for everything that happened on this day— my family, the cooking, the eating, the conversation, and the relaxation. May the gratitude extend to each and every day throughout the year.

So tell me: How was YOUR Thanksgiving (if you celebrated)? Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

Fascinating Friday Links #14

Hello, hello!

How are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah if you celebrated! Our clan definitely had an awesome time filled with fantastic food and great company. A more in-depth Thanksgiving recap will come tomorrow. Also, a couple delicious recipes for using up those leftover Thanksgiving fixings are comin’ at ya!

In regards to Black Friday, I’m not into it. The news said there was some sort of bomb threat in Walmart. I’ll pass on that chaos. However, I’m all for the online deals! My mom kindly bought me some clothing items from Forever 21’s website (which is counting as my Christmas gift!) since there was an awesome sale going on. Thank God for technology.

For this evening, I wanted to give you all the usual Fascinating Friday Links! Better late than never, right? I was thinking of skipping it entirely, but the links I have here are just too good not to share. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Respect your body] Overcommitment to Exercise via The Big Man’s World

[Is this you?] 4 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough via The Real Life RD

[These help me too] Motivational Tips for Home Workouts via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Awesome workout!] Tabata strength circuit {video} via The Fitnessista

[Wowza] 500 rep give thanks to your body workout via Purely Twins

[Convenient way to amp up your workout] Full Body Workout Using Only a Resistance Band via Your Trainer Paige

Think About It…

[LOVE this] You Don’t Have Thanks, You Give It via Goins Writer

[I can relate SO much to this] Back When I Ate the “HLB” Way: Blogger Responsibility and Disordered Eating via Run Pretty

[I think yes] Can You Be Healthy in Recovery? via Fitting It All In 

[Great phrases] Three Phrases That Help Me via Your Trainer Paige

[Accepting compliments can be hard for some] You Deserve Your Love and Respect via Nut Butter Runner

[Do you do this?] But the serving size told me so… via The Big Man’s World 

Yum-Stuff

[NEED] Fluffy Butternut Cheddar Bay Biscuits via Peas and Crayons

[Best of both flavors] Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars via Running with Spoons

[Yes.] Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats via Fit Foodie Finds

[Can I gift this to myself?] DIY Healthy Holiday Cookie Dough via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Grilled cheese amaze-balls-ness] Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie, and Bacon Grilled Cheese via How Sweet Eats + Grilled Cheese with Pesto and Black Bean Spread via The Lean Green Bean

Miscellaneous Fun

[Everyone watch this cuteness overload] Little Girl’s First Time Walking On Ice Will Melt Your Cold Heart via Gawker

[Ha!] 21 Signs You’re Obsessed with Peanut Butter via BuzzFeed

[Amazing a cappella version] Little Drummer Boy via Pentatonix Youtube

So tell me: What do you think of Black Friday? Which links did you enjoy?

 

Embarrassing Thanksgiving Confessions

Happy Thanksgiving!

May God bless you and your loved ones. Enjoy the company, the food, and the relaxation!

And Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating!

Instead of telling you the ENDLESS list of things (God, family, friends, food, exercise, health, home, smiles to name just a few) for which I am grateful, I’m going to let you in on a few things you may not know about me. Here is a Thanksgiving version of “Betcha Didn’t Know…” (<— I have no idea if that’s a thing. If it wasn’t, it is now!)

Betcha didn’t know that I used to think our potato masher was some sort of waffle iron thing. It was sad. My mom and friend laughed at me. Guatever.

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How, Alison?

Betcha didn’t know that the first time I made pumpkin pie from scratch (besides the crust) for everyone on Thanksgiving, I just didn’t eat with everyone else. I was so nervous about getting it right that I worked on the pie while everyone else ate. But you’re supposed to make pumpkin pie ahead of time anyway, so it was a losing situation all around. I was, like, 13 or 14 years old too— an overzealous newbie baker.

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Betcha didn’t know I burned my arm on the oven rack maybe four Thanksgivings ago, and I still have the faint scar.

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Can ya see that? Or can you just see my arm hairs? Sorry.

Betcha didn’t know I had a semi-miserable time the first time I went to the Macy’s Parade in person. I went in 2006 with my dad, uncle, brother, and cousins when the weather was NASTY— freezing, raining, windy, blah. Little fifth grade me was so excited to see Hannah Montana rockin’ out on her float, but I thought my fingers were getting frostbitten, so we left for the nearest McDonald’s to warm up. Then we left the city and never went back. To this day, I’ve never seen Miley Cyrus live, and the desire to do so is long lost. We did see the Jonas Brothers though! (The two videos in the links are not mine.) I’ve also never been to another parade in person, despite being so close to the city. I much prefer my couch and blanket, thankyaverymuch.

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Betcha didn’t know my mom used to be like those women in the Pillsbury commercials making crescent rolls for us on Thanksgiving. Those things were my JAM. I actually filmed myself at five years old talking about how good they are. Those flaky, fresh-out-the-oven, buttery layers….ahhhhh. Even better? She would sometimes stuff them with beef or cheese!

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Come to think of it, those crescent rolls gave me a weird pasty feeling on the roof of my mouth…Gotta love baked goods that come from a can.

I think that’s all I have in my arsenal of embarrassing Thanksgiving confessions. I hope they made you chuckle 🙂

And a prayer for the occasion from Catholic Online:

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 

Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have betowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. 

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. 

This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.

So tell me: Do you have any embarrassing Thanksgiving confessions? Have you ever been to the Macy’s Parade? Have you ever tried the amazingness that is the Pillsbury crescent roll?!

WIAW: Meatless Monday

The turkey that’s literally chillin’ in our fridge has been my reminder that Thanksgiving is allllllmost here. Actually, I’ve been looking forward to going grocery shopping (one of my favorite things to do) for the past two weeks, and that’s just what I’ll be doing with my mom today! I have a nice long list since I’m in charge of making the starchy sides like cornbread, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. YUS.

Alright, I’m done talking about Thanksgiving…until tomorrow.

Looking back a couple of days, I participated in the first #Elf4Health challenge— Meatless Monday! Not eating meat is pretty easy for me since I love fish (which I don’t really consider meat meat), eggs, and beans. So Monday was a delicious day of eats, and what better way to recap my eats than with Jenn’s WIAW party?!

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Breakfast

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Toast with cherry butter toffee peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, and sliced bananas + glass o’ milk

Snack

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The usual {recycled photo}

Lunch

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Smoked salmon, cream cheese, spinach sandwich + an un-pictured clementine

Snacks

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Kashi Berry Lemonade granola bar— it actually tastes like lemonade!

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FROZEN GRAPES. After seeing a bunch of people try this, I had to. And it’s so worth it even in this frigid weather. Nature’s popsicle!

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Greek yogurt and banana slices {recycled photo}

Dinner

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Avocado toast (on bread from The Kneaded Bread— SO good) + hard-boiled eggs + lots of green beans that ya can’t see here

For the record, the hard-boiled eggs are brown because my mom puts them in teriyaki sauce.

Dessert

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A spoonful o’ white chocolate coconut peanut butter. Yum.

Day 1 of #Elf4Health was a success! Speaking of which, I am loving exchanging emails with my buddy, Emily! It makes the challenge even more fun because you always have someone supporting you and talking about their own challenge experiences along the way. You can still join for round 2 of Elf4Health here! And you DO NOT have to be a blogger (friends from school/dance…?? :D)

That’s all for now, folks. Today is another half day of school and then it is turkey break! Happy Wednesday!

So tell me: Do you do Meatless Mondays? What are some of your favorite vegetarian proteins? Do you like grocery shopping?