Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lunch Week 41: Thanksgiving Leftovers

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Thanksgiving Leftovers
 People who come to my Thanksgiving dinners always ask why I make so much food for a small group. For the leftovers of course! This once a year feasting is highly anticipated. The leftovers are even more treasured. Guests leave with trays full of food. But I make enough that it leaves me with a bounty. Well, enough for Mr. M&P and I for lunch the whole next week as well as plenty of dinners. I'll probably end up freezing some of it as well. My favorite leftover is definitely turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce. The sides above are roasted brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash with onions and cranberries, and corn souffle.

But don't forget about the other meat I serve at Thanksgving, the ham. Mustard glazed ham to be more exact. Punchy mustard on salty ham. This year, I made extra sauce and slathered it on every sliced piece of ham. Last year, I only coated it on the outside of the entire ham roast. This year's preperation was much more liked. It'll be the way I make it going forward. Below's lunch also had more turkey, and some sausage stuffing. It's my protein packed lunch for 1 day this week.
And then there are all the vegetable sides. I try to make my Thanksgiving sides sans meat since we have plenty of that already. Brussels sprouts, corn souffle, mashed potatoes with gravy, and butternut squash. This is the vegetables lunch that I packed for a day.
But I like the classic 1 meat and 2 sides the best. Turkey is favored.
But ham is a close second.
Like I said, leftovers are the best!

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