One of the best things about Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers! Make your feast last while taking work lunch prep stress away by transforming leftovers. You’ll be thankful for these top tips to revamp your Thanksgiving leftovers into work lunches.
Have a cornucopia of leftover ingredients from Thanksgiving dinner? Save time while living more sustainably by giving them a new life in your work lunches. Here are healthy tips about common leftover Thanksgiving ingredients and creative ways to repurpose them.
Turkey is an excellent source of protein, rich in energizing B vitamins to help you power through the work day. It also provides your mind and body with immune support with iron, zinc, and selenium (1). It’s also a main source of the amino acid, or protein building block tryptophan, which can help boost the happy brain chemical serotonin.
White potatoes and sweet potatoes both have their own benefits, both supply immune boosting vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, for improved vision while white potatoes give more potassium for better blood pressure (2).
Leftover tips (feel free to interchange white potatoes for sweet potatoes in these recipes):
Vegetables are nutrient powerhouses, offering a wide variety of vitamins and minerals important for our overall function and wellbeing. The fiber in vegetables helps our digestive system which can prevent some types of cancer (3). Vibrantly colored vegetables, like those served for Thanksgiving, also include phytonutrients which take the benefit to the next level (4).
Keep in mind those delicious leftovers need to be handled safely to help prevent foodborne illness. Leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. In order to ensure they get cooled to the proper temperature in time, place them in smaller portioned shallow containers. So rather than throwing your turkey right in the fridge, giving bacteria a chance to grow at a dangerous rate, make sure to separate it into sections. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for three or four days or the freezer for about two to six months (5).
For more magical ways to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers (or any leftovers!) into new and exciting dishes to take to work, check out these tips from our in house chef: Sustainable Cooking: Tips from Our in-House Chef and check out recipes by ingredient in Lifesum.
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