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

Ingredients

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

Salsa

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

Directions

  • 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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