Dad Diet Series: No Turkey Left Behind

I love Thanksgiving.  Period.  It’s beautiful chaos.  A random smattering of green beans, awkward family photos (see below), layered jello, gravy, epic games of Monopoly, turkey, warm rolls, child meltdowns, gravy, sweet potatoes, laughs, and gravy. But… that’s family.  We have such a great time.

Awkward family photo

When the dust settles… there are SO many leftovers.  I can only shove so much in before the big boy pants have to come out. Plus, turkey has got to be the most boring meat on the face of the earth (hence we drown it in gravy and surround it with a menagerie of flavor).  What to do?

Soup and sandwiches!  It’s getting cold out and the nice warm soup mixed with a healthy turkey melt is just the trick.

For this recipe you’re going to need sweet potatoes, but you may be able to supplement with squash. The soup is hearty and needs a sweet flavor to help balance the gamey flavor of white meat.  Also, you’ll want to grab some multi-grain bread. White bread with white meat is about as basic as you can get, plus there’s a lot of fiber in this kind of bread.  I highly recommend “marathon bread” from your local Wegman’s.

I figure the grill is out of commission for the holidays (but not the whole winter). Maybe it’s time to hit the stove again. Also, we’re reheating food and that’s better served with an oven or stove-top. So gear up, Dad-bod Heroes, you’re gonna strap on the apron and take to the kitchen like a boss.

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes of stirring
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes of stirring
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by opening your web browser and Googling "dutch oven" like I had to do...
  2. Once you realize it's basically a large pot... Pour olive oil into the large pot, heat on medium.
  3. Take the onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. One bonus tip... we usually bake our Thanksgiving turkey over rings of onions to allow heat to get underneath. If you do the same, save those suckers for this portion.
  4. Grab the curry powder and slowly sprinkle over the onions. Or just slam them in. Whatever you prefer. Stir and get the smells going!
  5. Add sweet potatoes, veggie broth, and turn up the heat.
  6. Once boiling... take the temp back down to medium/low and give those ingredients a nice bath. The mixture should reduce and become one nice looking soup!
  7. Take an immersion blender and give them a swirly. You can now add the moo moo juice (also known as milk).
  8. Spoon into a bowl, add greek yogurt and cilantro, and dip the sandwich melt into this sweet tasting goodness.
Print Recipe
Low-Fat Turkey Melt
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Easiest thing you'll ever do... First, preheat the oven (not the dutch oven) to 450 degrees.
  2. Put the sandwiches together. Lightly brush olive oil on the outside of the bread. Apparently,the word "lightly" means not the way I put condiments on anything. So don't over-saturate.
  3. Let the oven do the rest. Bake for 5-10 minutes (but check on the sandwich... it's marathon bread not marathon baking). Bread should be golden and cheese melted.
  4. Cut in half, or in our house we like to make dipping sticks, and serve immediately with the delicious soup!
Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

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Born and raised in Rochester, Bryan now resides in Farmington, NY with his wife and two lovely daughters. He performs with a comedy improv group called Nuts & Bolts, officiates high school football, and is currently a "swami" with Universal Life Church (which means he gets to marry people). It's a good day when everyone gets out of the house on time.
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