Currently we have an unlit Christmas tree in the middle of the room, furniture that needs to be relocated until after the holidays and no elves anywhere in sight. Tomorrow morning school starts again, and with it three more weeks of routine and homework until we head to our family’s happy place in Idaho. Before that can happen, there are holidays cards to order and Christmas gifts to purchase, wrap and send. Anyone else slightly hyperventilating right now? We can do it! One day at a time.
Turkey soup with leftover mashed potatoes, kale and fennel. I’ll follow my recipe for kale and white bean minestrone, but I’ll add about 1-2 cups shredded turkey and make stock for the soup base with our turkey bones. I’ll also add about 1/2 cup rice instead of beans, and I’ll omit the tomatoes. Add about 1-2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes to thicken up the soup, as well as chopped thyme, parsley and sage if you have it. You could also make my slow cooker tortilla soup this week with leftover shredded turkey. Here are a few other turkey soup ideas for you.
Beef chili with cornbread and salad. I’ll make my recipe for weeknight chili and use grassfed beef. You can also make the chili with ground turkey, even though we’ve all probably had our fill of turkey by this point.
For taco Tuesday, I’m trying these easy 20-minute chicken enchiladas from Cooking Light. We’ll use corn tortillas and pinto beans instead of black beans. A simple salad on the side and you’re good to go!
We need a meatless night (it’s usually on Monday, but I promised my troops I’d make chili). I’ve made Thai red curry before, but my kids don’t love all the peppers in this version so I’ll omit them. If you see Japanese eggplant at the market, it’s delicious added to the mix. I’ll add broccoli florets, bok choy and carrots. You can also add shredded leftover chicken or ground pork. Serve over jasmine rice or cauliflower rice.
Off to the Theta Design Weekend Preview Party! Tonight is a super easy dinner for my kids: Store bought sushi from Whole Foods and a quick batch of miso soup with bok choy.
It will be a quiet night at our house — I have a feeling everyone will be tired out after a week of early mornings, homework, tests and quizzes. Movie night for sure! Big steamy bowls of arugula, basil and avocado pesto with gluten free pasta might be in order. The arugula and basil in my garden is growing like wild, so this will also help me thin out our greens. Pick up some good quality store bought pesto, boil some pasta and just put your feet up. I won’t tell a soul!