Saturday, November 29, 2008

Leftover Turkey Recipe

Here is a true comfort dish. It isn't healthy. It isn't gourmet. It is, however, pretty darn yummy.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Turkey Divan

  • Turkey (leftover turkey or you can buy a roasted turkey breast at the grocery store. You could use always use deli turkey or even rotisserie chicken too)
  • Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Jar of Alfredo Sauce **
  • French’s Fried Onions
  • Fresh (or frozen) broccoli
  • American Cheese (6 or 8 slices)
  • Cheddar Cheese ***optional

Layer the bottom of the pan with turkey. Mix a can of cream of mushroom soup with a jar of alfredo sauce (**you can always just use a couple of cans of mushroom soup and skip the alfredo sauce... that is how my sister and mom always make it). Spread a layer of the soup/sauce over the turkey. Add a layer of steamed broccoli. Layer American cheese slices over the broccoli (***I also add some cheddar, but the original recipe calls for American). Spread the remaining sauce over the top. Top with French's Fried Onions. Bake at 350 until hot. Serve over noodles or rice.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Variety might be overrated...

Why is it that we stress about making a unique, interesting dinner every night? Why do I stress if I give my son a PB&J two days in a row? BUT... I have no qualms about giving my kids the same exact breakfast every day. Amelia gets a Trader Joe's yogurt every single day. Then she has one or two bowls of Rice Krispies or Cheerios. Jackson gets a couple of bowls of Cheerios. I sometimes change up whether he gets regular or soy milk. They don't get bored with breakfast and get good, nutritious calories to start the day.

Is it ok to feed my kids Cheerios every night for dinner? Then I would never have to have that battle again....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I hope everyone voted!!!

Voting has always been a big deal to me. I remember how excited I was to turn 18 so I could register to vote. My husband is a permanent absentee voter. I don't want to do that. There is something about going to the polls and casting my vote. There is something special, something ceremonial about it. I feel important every time I do it.

I love to bring my children with me to the polls. It is a bit of a hassle, keeping them from bothering others, but it is definitely worth it. They will remember that their mother voted in every single election. I hope it teaches them how important it is. This morning my five-year-old asked me in a clear pre-schooler's voice, "Mom, who are you voting for???" I replied, "I don't need to say... it is private." I heard other voters chuckle at our exchange. As I cast my ballot for the president and for some very important propositions, I actually got tears in my eyes. As we walked out, all three of us with "I Voted" stickers, I again was choked up explaining the importance of what I had just done. I know they don't understand it now, but I am sure they will remember this someday.

***this is a duplicate entry from my other blog. :-)