This weekend was pretty gross and rainy, so it was perfect for getting in some meal prep. While I don’t do this weekly, when I do it really helps keep me on track with my healthy eating goals. Mike and I worked together and stocked the fridge with pre-portioned chicken (3 oz), sweet potato (150 g) and steamed broccoli and carrots (200 g). We also made a dozen muffin-tin eggs topped with cheese, and a week’s worth of green smoothies. An hour and a half on a cold, rainy day and the week’s meals got a whole lot easier.
These Leftover Turkey Pot Pies are so easy that even someone who is recovering from surgery and really shouldn’t be in the kitchen can do it. Ok, so if you are actually recovering from surgery then I don’t recommend it, but you can only watch so many episodes of Storage Wars and Say Yes to the Dress… I popped a couple extra pain pills and gingerly put together these mini pot pies using turkey from our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving that I’d frozen and phyllo leftover from my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline that I’d forgotten to re-freeze.
I used phyllo dough for these turkey pot pies, since I had it on hand, but it’s also lower in fat and calories than other pastry doughs. These leftover turkey pot pies can be made in a full-sized pie pan or in jumbo muffin tins. I made both, but I prefer the mini version. They’re cute, tasty and you can eat them with your hands. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving next week then file away this recipe to use for your turkey leftovers. Might as well shove in any leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, too.
I’m out in Saskatoon this week for a conference, where the land is flat and the weather is surprisingly fall perfection. I gave my presentation on Day 1, so now I can sit back and relax a little, take in the other sessions and sneak out for a few minutes here and there to walk down to the Saskatchewan River, where the sun is warm and the trails are littered with crunchy leaves.
In between presentations I wanted to share this recipe that I made last weekend. In this dish, a simple rice pilaf is jazzed up with sweet dried cranberries and tender cubes of roasted butternut squash.
After getting home from France, I noticed we had a single butternut squash hiding in the cupboard, leftover from the butternut squash soup that we served for our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving. I also spotted the dried cranberries that I’d hidden away last month, so together they went into this Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash.
I roasted the garlic right inside the cavity of the overturned halved squash, which infused the squash with a subtle garlic flavour and resulted in buttery soft garlic that I then mashed into the rice. Cubed butternut squash is mixed with wild rice, cranberries, onion and pepper, and served in mini pumpkins just for extra seasonal cuteness. How great would this look on a Thanksgiving table though, right?
Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash
Wild rice, cranberries, rosemary, and cubes of roasted garlic butternut squash combine in this seasonal, sweet and savory rice pilaf. Serve in mini pumpkins for a festive Thanksgiving side dish. Find more Thanksgiving dishes: http://homeatsix.com/2014/09/thanksgiving-menu/
This week’s Beauty Detox assignment was to create a variation of Kimberly Snyder’s Warm Kale and Mushroom Beauty Salad. I made my salad over the weekend and then I used the leftovers in spring rolls for dinner last night. I didn’t photograph my salad on its own, so here I’m sharing my Kale and Mushroom Spring Rolls. I enjoyed them with a bowl of miso soup and a small salad topped with sauerkraut and black sesame seeds. So my entry for this week’s challenge is a salad in a spring roll, ok? Yeah, let’s go with that!
I recently made spring rolls and cooked them with a quick shallow fry. They tasted great but a couple didn’t hold together that well and I thought they might have soaked up a bit too much oil. This time around, I baked them in the oven and it was a lot easier that having to stand over the stove while avoiding getting burned by hot oil.
I sautéed my vegetables first since they were originally made for the salad, but another option is to coat the raw veg with a tablespoon of oil before wrapping. That might increase the bake time a bit.
Usually in a stir-fry salad like this, I would add some tamari. But since it’s Sugar-Free September, I’ve been avoiding most sauces. To give this salad flavour, I loaded on the spices, and the flavours worked really well in my spring roll version, too.