Lighten Up Your Leftovers

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One of the great things about the holidays is there is usually plenty of leftovers, which can be a great thing if handled properly. Holiday meals often pack a high calorie punch so in the days after, try to do a little bit better to make up for the overeating we probably will all do today. First of all, remember that you can freeze a lot of those items, saving them for another time. Or you can share them with everyone who is attending your party by providing everyone with a to-go box so you are not left with all of the leftovers at your house. Remember that there are a lot of other meals you can make with your holiday leftovers besides just continually consuming the same stuff for days afterwards. Use that leftover turkey for a soup, wrap, fajitas, salad, etc. Makeover your leftovers in a completely new and interesting way. The Extension Office has a lot of different resources available for using your leftovers.

Try the following recipe courtesy of the University of Maine Extension. For more information on Food for Thought programs, check us out online at Granville FCS Facebook or email

Leftovers Casserole

3 cups cooked whole grain pasta (macaroni, penne, spiral, etc.)

2 cups cooked and diced chicken, turkey, ham, beef or pork

2-3 cups sliced fresh zucchini or summer squash or mixed frozen vegetables

¼ cup chopped onion

1-2 cloves minced garlic

1-2 tsp mixed dried herbs (basil, thyme, oregano)

2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients in an oiled 2 ½ quart casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

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