If you spent all day in the kitchen preparing your big feast for the holidays, don't let all that hard work go to waste on one meal. Real Simple magazine’s Elizabeth Mayhew was invited on the “Today” to show us what to do with those leftovers you've got stashed away in the fridge. Here are the recipes:
Yes, Thanksgiving dinner is wonderful, but the real treat is the leftovers. The turkey, potatoes, gravy and stuffing packed in plastic in your fridge are the ultimate in comfort food. Not just because they’re somehow (inexplicably, almost miraculously) better the next day, but because half the cooking is done already. So take whatever remains and use it in these meals. They’re easy and delicious, and best of all, you don’t have to worry about impressing the guests.
The American Dietetic Association offers the following guidelines for food-safe refrigeration.
- Cooked turkey: Up to 4 days.
- Cooked vegetables: Up to 4 days.
- Fresh vegetables: Up to 2 days.
- Cooked potatoes, any style: Up to 4 days.
Recipes and tips excerpted from Real Simple magazine. For more Thanksgiving leftovers recipes, visit www.realsimple.com.