Meal Planning Monday ~ Reasons to be Thankful




           As Thanksgiving approaches, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for: a loving husband, great friends, a wonderful extended family, a roof over my head, food in my stomach, good health.  I am also very thankful for all the fans of Confessions of a Coupon Queen and customers of Strong Tower, LLC.  Without you, I wouldn’t get to make a living doing something I’m very passionate about.  I am also very thankful for my sister, Leah Kelley, and all the help she gives me with this blog and on our Facebook page.

            This Thanksgiving weekend, I will be going up to Michigan to spend time with my extended family.  It’s always a great time full of good company, delicious food, shopping, and other fun activities.  I hope you will also take some time this holiday season to enjoy your family and be thankful for the many blessings you have.

            This week I’m going to give you a few creative ideas to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers!


  • The last time that I hosted Thanksgiving, I pulled all of the meat off of the bone, put it in a large container, and covered it with gravy.  I put it in the freezer for another meal several weeks later.


  • Turkey Salad – Mixed salad greens, walnuts, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, and chopped turkey breast.  Top with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.


  • Turkey & Wild Rice Soup.  This is a variation of the Chicken & Wild Rice Soup recipe I shared in a previous blog post.  Just use leftover turkey in place of the chicken breast meat.


  • Almost any recipe that traditionally calls for chicken can be made with leftover turkey – think Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Burritos, or Turkey Noodle Soup.


What is your favorite way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers?




  1. Well all have so much to be thankful for don’t we! Great ideas about using those leftovers too!!