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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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What glorious weather we have had this week!  Many families gathered around the Thanksgiving table to celebrate this special time of year.  With that celebration comes wonderful foods, such as turkey or ham, dressing, and an assortment of tasty vegetables, such as green beans, sweet potatoes, and salads.  Most families will have leftover turkey, which can become dry when reheated.  However, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has come to the rescue!  One of the recipes from our “Dinner Tonight” collection is perfect for using leftover turkey.  You could even add some of your leftover vegetables, such as fresh spinach from your salad and your leftover cheese spread.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

White Pizza with Smoked Turkey


2 thin crust pizza shells

1 container (15-ounces) ricotta cheese

1 container (4 ounces) garlic-and-herb cheese spread

2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese

4 ounces sliced smoked turkey, cut into ½-inch-wide strips

1 cup spinach, chopped

¼ cup thinly sliced basil


1)      Heat oven to 450°F.

2)      Place pizza crust on baking sheet.

3)      In a small bowl, mix ricotta and cheese spread; evenly spread over each pizza crust.

4)      Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese over each pizza; top with turkey and spinach.

5)      Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

6)      Sprinkle basil over the pizzas and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

7)      Cut into 6 equal pieces and enjoy!

Nutritional content: for 2 pieces, this recipe has 302 calories, 25 grams carbohydrate, 15 grams protein, 1 gram fiber.  Cost per serving is approximately $1.15.

By now, most families have cleared the Thanksgiving table and are gearing up for Christmas.  Thanksgiving is always a special time for my family as we reflect on the blessings the Lord has provided.  Amongst all the trials, violence, and persecution of Christians in this world, we need to focus on the things that are good in life.  Every individual can be thankful for something!

Last Chance to Sign Up

As a reminder, a few spaces remain for the “Christmas Joys – Everything Old is New Again” Mini session, scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 1:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B W. Houston Street, (former Chamber of Commerce), in Sulphur Springs.  This session is for those who were not able to attend the program held earlier in November.  Attendees will receive a full booklet containing all the recipes and instructions from the full session, as well as a goody bag.  I will demonstrate my portion of the program and tell about the other portions, so you won’t miss a thing!  Refreshments will be provided, as well as a chance to win door prizes.

Please call 903-885-3443 to reserve a seat so adequate preparations can be made.  I look forward to seeing you!

Closing Thought

Pray for the individuals in Ferguson, Missouri, that the violence will cease and that our land will return to the values on which our country was founded.

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone903-439-4909 – Fax

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