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What’s Cooking? Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That Don’t Waste Food

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101.9 WDET asked our followers to tell us the most clever ways they reduce food waste during the holidays. Here are our favorite methods, from casserole to Shepard’s Pie and meal-planning.

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Let’s be honest: Thanksgiving can be wasteful. 

So 101.9 WDET decided to find some useful ways to cut down on food waste created by the holiday. We reached out to our followers on social media to ask what they’re doing to waste less and have a more sustainable Thanksgiving. And they delivered. 

Left over turkey will be divided, packaged and frozen to reheat later or create sandwiches or pot pies,” said Rita Causer.

But it doesn’t end there. Here’s are some of our favorite recipes and ideas to reduce food waste.


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Turkey Soup

Submitted by: Ruby Duffield 

My parents made this every year and now I do. My dad wrote out the recipe, so I’m sharing exactly as written, because it’s charming.” 

  • Cook turkey carcass submerged in water (1 inch over carcass), with celery leaves, carrots, bay leaf, salt and pepper and chicken bouillon (if desired).
  • Cook until meat falls off bones. Strain broth until clear. Add 1 28-oz. can tomatoes, chopped, without the juice.
  • Add one or two tbs. tomato juice.
  • Add handful (about one-fourth cup) orzo or rice. (Note: orzo makes this soup special).
  • Add cubed leftover turkey meat during last 15 minutes of cooking time.
  • Enjoy with bread or rolls.

Send leftovers home with family and turning leftover turkey in to hot sandwiches and soup in the days following Thanksgiving.” - Jackie Grosso Dziedziula

Turkey Shepard’s Pie

Submitted by: Tara Samson

Everyone loves it and it uses nearly all leftovers.”

  • Bottom layer: Turkey, gravy and veggies
  • Middle layer: Stuffing,
  • Top layer: Mashed potatoes. 

 

Post-Thanksgiving Meal-Planning

Submitted by: Tracie Patton

If I make a meal, I plan three different ways to eat it.”

  • Day 1. Chili
  • Day 2. Chili stuffed baked potatoes
  • Day 3. Baked chili Mac

Turkey becomes:

  • Pot pie
  • Soup
  • Thanksgiving casserole

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Meta Stange , Digital Producer

Meta Stange is the Digital Producer for 101.9 WDET, running the station’s social channels and creating digital editorial content. She enjoys reading, making bad jokes, and hanging out with her dog, Salmon.

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Anna Sysling, Reporter, Producer and WDET’s Weekend Edition Anchor

Lifelong resident of Metro Detroit and a huge public radio nerd. I work in Production and Programming at WDET.

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