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Turkey Leftovers Kids Go Crazy For

You’ve got Thanksgiving dinner all planned out. But what about after the feast, when you’re left with 8 pounds of turkey? Don’t let it go to waste. Here are five fun meals and snacks your kids are sure to gobble right up.

By Laura Himmelein

Turkey a la Landscapes
Makes 2
What you need:
About 1 ½ cups roast turkey slices
3 fresh broccoli spears, sliced lengthwise
Hardboiled egg, sliced in half
2 baby carrots cut into 1-inch slices
½ cup veggie dip
What to do:
1. To create your edible outdoor scene, place slices of leftover turkey along the bottom edges of 2 small dinner plates and shape to form rolling hills.
2. On each plate, place 3 broccoli spear halves (flat side down) in various positions to create trees.
3. Take one half of your hardboiled egg, slice off the bottom end so that it will lay flat and position as the sun. Add the carrot slices to form rays and repeat on other plate.
4. To finish, spoon a few dollops of veggie dip onto each plate to create clouds.

Turkey And Cheese Open Lion Face Sandwiches
Makes 2
What you need:
English muffin, sliced in half
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
About 1 ½ cups roast turkey slices
3 slices American cheese (or other mild cheese such as Muenster)
1 baby carrot cut into 4 1-inch slices
Small celery stick cut into 8 2-inch slices
What to do:
1. Spread each English muffin half with mayo.
2. To create the lion’s mane, place the short ends of turkey slices at the center of each muffin and fan out so that the tips just hang over the edge.
3. Using a medium round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut out 2 circles of cheese and place on top of the muffin. This will be the lion’s face.
4. To create the lion’s snout, cut two smaller circles from the remaining slice of cheese and position on each face.
5. Using the leftover slices of cheese cut 4 triangles to form the ears and 2 smaller ones to form the noses.
6. To finish your lion’s face, place the carrot slices to create the eyes and celery sticks to create whiskers.

Turkey Quesadilla Critters
Makes approximately 6
What you need:
About 2 cups shredded turkey, room temperature
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
4 8-inch flour or corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Animal cookie cutters
What to do:
1. In a small bowl, mix the shredded turkey and chili powder.
2. Spread the turkey mixture onto 2 tortillas, sprinkle with the cheese and place the remaining tortillas on top.
3. Cook the quesadillas on a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes; flip and cook for another few minutes until the cheese has completely melted.
4. Using animal cookie cutters cut into various shapes and serve.

Blooming Turkey Salad Flower
Makes 2
What you need:
About 1 ½ cups chopped roast turkey
¼ cups chopped celery
¼ cups shredded carrots
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
Approximately 20 baby spinach leaves
1 celery stalk
2 tomato slices
What to do:
1. In a small bowl mix the turkey, chopped celery, carrots, mayo and mustard.
2. Place the spinach leaves at the center of 2 small dinner plates and fan out like flower petals.
3. Using an ice cream scoop, place a heaping of turkey salad at the center of the spinach leaves and top with tomato slices.
4) Cut the celery stalks and arrange to form the flower stem and leaves.

Turkey Wrap Monster Plates
Makes about 3 monsters
What you need:
1 8-inch flour tortilla
1 tablespoon cranberry relish
About ¾ cups roast turkey slices
3 grapes, sliced in half
1 large carrot
What to do:
1. Spread the tortilla with the relish, place turkey on top and roll up; secure with tooth picks.
2. Cut the wrap into 6 slices
3. Place two slices in the middle of a small plate to form the monster eyes; repeat with remaining slices.
4. Top the monster eyes with the grapes slices flat side up and add a small dot of relish to form the pupil.
5. Using a peeler, slice long piece of carrots and place on plate to create a monster-like tongue.
For children under four, be sure to remove toothpicks and cut grapes, carrots and other food to prevent choking.

Laura Himmelein is an editor and writer in New Jersey who also runs Party Cake, Party Cake, a business that specializes in creating handcrafted cupcakes, crafts, and sweets.


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