Posts Tagged ‘Leftovers’

Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole (Paleo)

Thanksgiving summarized into 3 words: Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered). And yet, despite eating ourselves full, my family still had leftovers that filled 2 fridges and then had to be stored out in our garage.

Turkey for days.

Which is lucky because nobody argued with me when I combined some leftovers to make a new dish (well, I had to wait until after my family had their fill of turkey bacon sandwiches- God forbid we have no leftovers for that).

Unfortunately, by the time I went to put this together, all our Thanksgiving green beans were gone. Instead I just had to use leftover ingredients.

But feel free to experiment with different leftover veggies!

Also, beware: I added a lot of spice to this. I tend to sprinkle cayenne on everything after Thanksgiving to remind me drink more water. If you’re not into spicy foods though, just cut the cayenne back to 1/2 tsp.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole (Paleo)

Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole (Paleo)


1 tbsp ghee

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 cups turkey, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces (chicken can be subbed in)

salt and pepper, to taste


1 cup mashed sweet potato

1 and 1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk

1 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and heat ghee in a skillet. Sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and crushed pepper flakes for 10 minutes. Mix in turkey, add in salt and pepper, and then pour contents into an oiled 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. (NOTE: I sautéed my veggies since all the leftovers veggies disappeared 😦 If you DO have cooked leftover veggies, there’s no need to sauté- just combine with the turkey and crushed pepper and pour into the pie pan).

In a bowl, beat together mashed sweet potato, coconut milk, cayenne, and salt with a fork. Pour over turkey mixture and cook in oven for 35 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before spooning out. 

Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole (Paleo)


No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo)

Tragedy struck at my house a few days ago: my oven stopped working. Right before Thanksgiving too! Go figure. According to handyman dad, something behind the oven snapped or broke, meaning the whole oven has to be torn out of the wall for it to be fixed. Fun.

It made Thanksgiving this year especially fun too. Fortunately, my house has an in-law suite and I was able to run back and forth between my kitchen and my grandma’s tiny kitchen. So this year, I am thankful for my family, friends, and my gma’s oven 🙂

Since the death of my oven, I’ve been turning a lot to no-bake recipes. And since I have some left over pumpkin from Thanksgiving, I’ve been playing with pumpkin-y treats!

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo)

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo) 


1/3 cup organic canned pumpkin

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup coconut flour

Optional: 2 tbsp chocolate chips and/or raisins


In a bowl, combine pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Gradually mix in coconut flour. Add in chocolate chips and/or raisins, if desired. Store in the fridge.

Trying to use up your leftover turkey too? Try these! 

Chicken/Turkey and Chard Pie with Yogurt Crust

Chicken/Turkey and Chard Pie with Yogurt Crust

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup