Don’t Let Your Leftovers Go to Waste!

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Holiday Leftovers

How To Deal With Leftovers?

  • When food sits at room temperature, bacteria that can make people sick can grow quickly
  • After the meal, quickly cool food and store at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Cool foods on counter or in an ice bath before storing in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Perishable foods, such as those containing animal products, cooked vegetables, and grains, should be tossed or composted after four hours at room temperature

Leftover Turkey Tacos and Cranberry Salsa


Tacos 8-12 corn tortillas

2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese, or mild cheddar

leftover Cooked turkey meat, cut into bite-sized pieces

Lettuce, thinly sliced

Fresh cilantro for garnish


1½ cups of fresh or frozen leftover cranberries

½ apple, peeled and cored

Chopped Serrano or jalapeno chili pepper to taste (about a half a chili, but taste for desired heat)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons chopped peeled ginger or 2 teaspoons powder ginger

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice

Dash of salt


  • Prepare cranberry salsa. Put the cranberries, apple, chili pepper, sugar, ginger, cilantro, and lime or lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until coarsely shredded or chop up fine.
  • Let sit 15 minutes for the cranberries to macerate.
  • Heat a large frying pan on medium high heat with oil and heat turkey.
  • To serve, open up the tacos and put some chopped lettuce and plenty of cranberry salsa over the cheese and turkey. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Serves 4
  • Change ingredients to match your tastebuds

Recipe courtesy of NC State Extension

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