Turkey Day Salad

20151201_193803[1]Last year, I watched leftover sweet potato casserole not only be transformed into sweet and tart pancakes, but also be devoured in record timing! In the spirit of repurposing leftovers, and Thanksgiving having just pasted, I wanted to make Turkey salad. Okay, dad REALLY wanted me to make turkey salad.While he envisioned classic turkey mayo celery, onion, I wanted something new.

 

Turkey Day Leftover Pesto Salad

inspired by A Communal Table

makes 4-6 servings

  • 1 cup kale greens
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 stalk large (11″-12″ long), Celery, raw
  • 0.75 oz fresh basil (about one store bought package from the produce department)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground sage
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat grated parm-style topping
  • 1 Tbsp blue bonnet light, melted
  • 2 tbsp Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Light Mayo
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek nonfat Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Reduced Sugar Craisins, divided
  • 14 oz chopped cooked leftover Turkey, approximately 4 loosely packed cups
  • 2 tbsp Sweet frozen corn, defrosted, or leftovers from the BIG dinner

20151201_185916-1[1]In a food processor, blend kale through grated parm, while drizzling in the melted butter spread. One all ingredients have been broken and combined, add cranberry sauce through yogurt, and only 1 Tbsp of craisins. Pulse to combine.

Stir the kale pesto into chopped turkey, as well as the remaining tablespoon of craisins and the corn.

Nutrition (1/4 of recipe):

Calories:217, Fat: 10g, Sat. Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 224mg, Carbs: 14g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 5g, Protein: 22g

This is actually the first pesto I’ve ever made, and I am pretty darn proud! The kale was a last minute concept when I went to the market for basil and saw a display of huge bags of kale on manager’s special.

This has just the right amounts of sweet, tart, and  savory. I’m sure you could add more cranberry sauce to make it sweeter. I like how all of it blended to nicely, and hid the tang of the Greek yogurt, so much so that the mother of anti-yogurt campaign, my mom (and no, that is not a real campaign) couldn’t tell it was present. I think even adding more corn would had more of a juicy pop to the salad, as well.

The first taste of this, other than the spoon, was placing 1/4 of the recipe in a warm tortilla and toasting its sides in a pan. Dad and I cheers-ed, as we split this warmed wrap. We devoured our halves, which was quickly followed by a panini style sandwich.

Side note: Back in the day, when my parents had just been married, they got a sandwich maker, which is like a waffle iron, but for sandwiches. I claimed this in their divorce.

I spread amount 3/4 tsp of light buttery spread to the inside sides of light multigrain bread, spread the turkey salad, and sealed it in the sandwich maker until bread was golden brown. (If you don’t have a sandwich maker, just make it like a grilled cheese.)

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Eat with a fork, in between bread, in a wrap. Eat it cold, warm, or hot.

          Moral of the story… Just eat it.

                              Warning of the story? You might not be able to stop.

Is this the feeling of being a nurse?

I heard the doorbell rang, and I could not go back to sleep. So I woke up and made a shake to wake me up, fill me up, and help replenish my muscles from the morning workout. Since today is National Peanut Butter Lover Day, I threw together the classic:

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1 Tbsp Low Sodium Better n’ Peanut Butter

2 scoops Chocolate Metabolife

1/4 tsp xanthum

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Night shift was smooth sailing with the exception of a few fevers. And my eating was good, too!

WP_001378 This included some garlic and cauliflower soup (I’ll share the recipe later), baby carrots, and a clementine!

As soon as I got home, I crashed! I woke up around 1 pm, just in time to get ready for another shift.

To give myself some energy, I ate Chobani Blood Orange Greek yogurt topped with chia. Is it supposed to taste a little orange-y?? I did not get that…WP_001382

Before leaving for work, I ate this baby…

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A dark chocolate covered pineapple that I picked up from the Farmer’s Market. Interesting…

Tonight, something amazing happened. I’ve never been more flattered! A mom grabbed me and told me to visit her daughter. Apparently, her Aunt brought her a stuffed puppy dog and she sleeps with it every night. Her mom asked her why she named the puppy, “Sammy.” She said, “after my nurse friend Sammy!” I was floored! So sweet! Is this what it feels like to be a nurse? To establish that relationship with a patient? I love it!

Dinner was Chicken and Carrot ravioli topped with green beans and basil pesto. Yum!

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I ate dinner early so I got hungry around 9:30pm and grabbed a snack pack of Lorna Doones. This was my first interaction with these cookies and i must say, they were satisfying and delicious.

A girl from work kept talking about calzones and chicken wings on our way out the door and I started to crave a calzone! My step dad ordered pizza last night so when I got home I snacked on a piece of left over.

My eating is not perfect but it is getting better every day and I’ve been more in tune with being able to recognize fullness. Thank God!