This Thanksgiving, don’t let all of your hard work in the kitchen go to waste after the holiday is done. Registered dietician Kelly Springer has a few simple tips to make sure the turkey and the trimmings are eaten.
First, know how many people will be at your table and make a grocery list. Making a list will make shopping much easier, you won’t forget anything and you won’t overspend. It’s also a great way to plan your meal to make sure you have enough food for your guests.
If you are meal planning and find there was a dish you made last year that wasn’t a hit with your friends and family, leave it off of the menu.
Providing friends and family with containers to take leftovers home is also a great way to ensure food won’t be wasted. You can also ask family members to bring their own containers to dinner too. Leftovers can also be frozen and saved for a meal later.
And to transform those Turkey Day leftovers to a Game Day snack, the American Dairy Association has a recipe for nachos. “You can get super creative and put whatever you have leftover in there,” said Springer.