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Face it; unless you go out on Thanksgiving and aren’t sent home with a doggie bag, you’re going to have leftovers piled up in the fridge. Here’s what to do with them.
Don’t fear the turkey drying out. Former Washington Post staffer Renee Schettler suggests frying it up with “copious amounts of butter,” then putting the meat along with bacon, avocado, mayo and red onion into a sandwich.
The dinner rolls can be made into bread pudding, while the cranberry sauce could be turned into a BBQ sauce.
Try stuffing waffles for breakfast. But if you don’t have an iron, use the leftovers as fritters or to fill other foods like mushroom caps.

Your Thanksgiving feast won’t have nutritional information as you find in restaurants. No worries, we’ll count up the calories for you.
According to the Calorie Control Council, an average American consumes 3,000 calories and 150 grams of fat in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. That’s without seconds!
That’s about the same as having 6 McDonald’s Big Macs or 12 servings of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
To burn off Thanksgiving dinner, a 160-pound person would have to run moderately for 4 hours or swim for 5 hours. Whew.

Before you fill your face with Thanksgiving food, you should exhibit some courtesy. Follow these etiquette rules from What’s Cooking America to help make the gathering even better.
Always pass the salt and pepper together. Before you even ask for it, taste the food before you add extra seasoning.
Dinner doesn’t start until the host unfolds their napkin and places it on their lap. In some homes, the host is usually trying to make sure guests are fine before they eat but it is proper to wait for them to sit down to start chowing down.
The Emily Post Institute says to cut your meal one piece at a time. Basically, you aren’t a child. You can handle cutting then eating one morsel at a time. Also, respect the home you are visiting. The host trusted you enough to invite you over, so show respect to their place.

There could be far fewer turkeys on the table this Thursday, as a new survey reveals that over one-quarter of Americans are considering a meat-free Thanksgiving.
According to results shared by vegan brand The Meatless Farm, 28.6 percent of the 1,050 asked would be willing to skip the bird, with that figure increasing to nearly half of respondents aged 18-24 and 25-34.
Those who would break with tradition cite personal health as a contributing factor.
“Being mindful of how we live and eat has become a priority in today’s world and the numbers reveal a huge shift towards plant-based eating in the US,” notes the company’s North American general manager, Kasper Vesth.


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