Published: Nov. 30, 2021 By

Americans generate 293 million dollars worth of food waste is during the Thanksgiving holiday. Food waste in our landfills is detrimental to our wallets and the environment, not to mention the 40 million hungry Americans living in a country with an abundant food supply (  Bring plenty of tupperware to your Thanksgiving feast, and ensure that none of your meal goes into the landfill with these tips and recipes!

Turkey Stock

  • Ingredients:

    • Saved cooked turkey carcass

      • Remove most of the meat and break bones into large pieces.

    • 2 large onions

      • Quarter them

    • 4 celery sticks

      • Chop them

    • 4 large carrots

      • Chop and peel

    • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

    • Sprig of Parsley

    • Sprig of Thyme

  • Directions:

    • Place the turkey, onions, celery, and carrots in a large stockpot

      • Add water to cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat

    • Simmer 3 to 3 ½ hours

      • Add peppercorns, parsley, and thyme

    • Strain 

    • Store in fridge for up to one week, freeze up to three months

      • Make amazing stews and soups, add flavor to Instapot recipes, make sauces, or turkey gravy!

Leftover Sandwich

  • Ingredients:

    • Bread or leftover rolls

    • Your favorite cheese 

    • Leftover turkey meat

    • Cranberry Sauce

    • Stuffing

  • Directions

    • Combine to make a delicious Holiday sandwich! 

      • Optional: make it a melt!

Cranberry Sauce Parfait

  • Ingredients

    • Your favorite yogurt

    • Your favorite granola

    • Honey

    • Leftover cranberry sauce 

  • Directions

    • Combine for a delicious breakfast!

Mashed Potato Cakes

  • Ingredients 

    • 3 cups Leftover mashed potatoes

    • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese

    • ½ cup All-purpose flour

    • 1 large egg

    • ¼ cup green onion (diced)

    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

    • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)

  • Directions

    • Combine mashed potatoes, Parmesan cheese, egg, green onions, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth

    • Scoop out and form into balls

    • Coat each ball in flour, flatten on a baking pan lined with parchment

    • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan (medium heat)

    • Cook patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, adding an additional 2 tsp of oil to the pan for each batch

Donating Surplus Unopened Food

Compost the Rest!

  • Uneatable scraps can go in the compost!

  • Meat, bones, and dairy CAN go in curbside compost; they just aren’t good for backyard compost!

  • More resources in this Composting Article

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