Reuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

family cookingAt the end of Thanksgiving, it is safe to say most people have an enormous amount of leftover food.  You could just reheat these leftovers and eat them for the next week, or you can work on your culinary creative skills and make them into something completely new.  Healthy Kids Today has complied a list of what to do with all that leftover food.  Try learning something new with all your leftover Thanksgiving food.


  • Turkey Hash with Sunny Side Up Eggs – Using skinless turkey instead of traditional corned beef saves you 53 calories, 8 grams of fat and a whopping 606 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  • Turkey Cobb Sandwiches – For the salad only use white meat turkey and reduce the bacon and blue cheese by half.  For the dressing replace the mayo with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Curried Turkey Casserole – Reinvent leftover turkey by baking it with broccoli and a rich sauce seasoned with curry powder.  Day-old bread makes a golden, crunchy topping.
  • Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie – This simple, delicious preparation combines your holiday extras with melted brie and Dijon mustard.


  • Spicy Pickled Green Beans – Preserve your favorites to use all year long by pickling them in spicy brine.
  • Moroccan Carrot Soup – This simple spiced carrot soup gets added crunch from tasted pumpkin seeds and a mellow flavor from a drizzle of creamy yogurt.
  • Cranberry Tartlets – These bite-size pies sue leftover pastry dough and cranberry sauce.


Caring for Cats

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, Winter Park High School (WPHS) is preparing to help their families who struggle to provide food for their children during the longer school breaks. For the next several weeks WPHS will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be distributed to 75-100 school families.

Please consider donating some of the food items listed below. There will be bins in the front office of both the freshman and main campuses where you can drop off your donations. While it may be tempting to clean out unwanted items from your pantry, please limit your donations to non-expired items that are on the list and in their original packaging. This approach will allow WPHS to provide each family with the same variety of food.

Also, $25 Publix gift cards are always welcome!  Gift cards should be given directly to the staff member at the front office.

Thank you so much for your help in supporting the WPHS Wildcat families!

Brookshire Elementary Celebrates Thanksgiving

Brookshire celebrated Thanksgiving in many ways last week. Many Brookshire families enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast with their child as they dined on a turkey dinner in the Brookshire cafeteria on Thursday afternoon. This was a wonderful reminder of they are thankful for.

Brooskhire’s extended day students decorated the cafeteria with turkeys and wrote what they are thankful for. The school’s Partners in Education, RMCAD, came to volunteer to help serve families during the luncheon. Martha Albright, Brookshire’s cafeteria manager, and her team made the event possible. The Student Council worked tirelessly collecting food from all of the classrooms that donated food for those in need.

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Ways Kids Can Give Thanks

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Teaching kids to be thankful doesn’t involve guilt trips or lectures on the less fortunate, and the benefits will last longer than the turkey sandwiches. Grateful children may grow into happier adults, according to Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness and director of the Greater Good Parents program at the University of California at Berkeley. “Pioneering social scientists think that 40 percent of our happiness comes from intentional, chosen activities throughout the day. Thankfulness is not a fixed trait. It’s a skill that can be cultivated, like kicking a soccer ball or speaking French,” Dr. Carter says. Because Thanksgiving is high season for gratitude, it’s an ideal time to talk to your children about remembering the blessings. Try these easy and interesting tips to teach your children to develop a habit of thankfulness.

  1. Shop, Buy, and Share – Trips to the grocery store, drugstore, or toy store can be opportunities to think of others. Next time you’re stocking up, encourage your children to pick one or two canned goods to donate to a Thanksgiving food drive or a food bank. Shelters also need donations of personal care items (soap, toothpaste, diapers) or new clothing (warm socks, jackets). Check with local shelters to see what they need, and have kids choose the supplies. They’ll learn to think of others and start to appreciate the necessities they ordinarily take for granted.
  2. De-clutter and Donate – Encourage your children to donate toys they no longer use or clothes they’ve outgrown. Let them know that some things they don’t need might be useful for another child. Suggest that they consider a short list of items to donate, and then bring them to a drop-off place such as the Salvation Army. Involve them in considering what they don’t want anymore so they will have new appreciation for their toys and clothes. Just remember not to force it: If they’re not ready to give something away, that’s okay.
  3. Volunteer your Time – Look for opportunities to volunteer as a family. Friends and neighbors may know of a group that can use the help. Serve food at nearby shelters or put together care packages for senior citizens or soldiers oversees. Show how giving time, not just money or objects, is another way of helping others and acknowledging gratitude for what you already have.
  4. Write Notes of Appreciation – Ask your kids to write a handwritten note to someone they’re thankful for; if kids are too young to write, have them a draw picture instead. Ask them to consider who makes their lives better or brighter. Is it the babysitter? A favorite aunt? A family friend who always remembers birthdays? When children reflect on who they want to write to, they learn to value people in their lives who have touched them.
  5. Appreciate Small Moments – Take time to appreciate the good things with your kids. Use travel time in the car as an opportunity to share something positive, perhaps by saying, “Look at the pretty leaves on that tree” or “Wasn’t it fun to make that drawing in class today?” These simple conversation starters encourage children to contemplate and appreciate the blessings around them.
  6. Keep Gratitude Going – Long after the turkey is eaten and football season ends, continue to practice thankfulness throughout the year. In the summer, donate your time when charities and food banks need extra help because regular volunteers are on vacation.

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Kids in the Kitchen – Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to have your kids cook along side you!  While you’re busy making Thanksgiving dinner, task them with one of these kid friendly recipes:




Carrot and Pumpkin Turkey Snack  When kids are involved in making a dish, they’re more likely to taste (and like) it. They’ll have fun assembling this fun-to-eat dish, and they can nibble on it while the turkey is cooking. (It won’t spoil dinner, we promise!)








Kids’ DIY Turkey Muffins – This is just as healthy and yummy as any pumpkin muffin—it’s just way more fun to make and eat!



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Thanksgiving Apples and Dip – This is a fun simple, and light appetizer to start off your Thanksgiving feasting.  Easy to prepare, can be done in advance, and fun for the kids.







Turkey Pancakes – A simple Thanksgiving breakfast, that the kids will love. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and fruit to decorate.






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Turkey Fruit Platter – This fruit platter can be a healthy Thanksgiving snack for the kids or an alternative dessert with chocolate fondue.





Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving themed recipe for kids?  Share it with us,

How To Not Overindulge During Thanksgiving

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The classic Thanksgiving dishes can be filled with butter, sour cream and other unhealthy ingredients.  Try making healthier alternatives to these dishes.  For example, instead of a vegetable casserole make roasted vegetables.  Use olive oil, where appropriate, instead of butter.  Try using sweet potatoes instead of white or mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes.  

Eat before your Thanksgiving meal

Don’t starve yourself all day in order to “save room” for your Thanksgiving meal.  This is not only unhealthy for you, but when you do go to eat you will likely overeat because of how hungry you are.  Starving your body throughout the day can actually lead to more weight gain for two reasons.  First, eating kick starts your metabolism and helps burn fat.  Second, when you starve your body and then finally eat, your body is more likely to store that food as fat since it thinks it won’t get more food for a long period of time.

Stick to healthy portions

Only take one plate of Thanksgiving food. Fill up half your plate with vegetables, fruit and a whole-wheat roll, a quarter of it with sweet potatoes and a quarter of it with turkey or ham. And, the more colorful your plate, the better – so get lots of leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers and beets in your veggie spread.

Get up and be active after your Thanksgiving meal

After your Thanksgiving meal, don’t just sit on the couch.  Get up and be active.  Take your family and go for a walk.  Play a game of family football.  Whatever you do, make sure you are getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity after you eat.

Healthy Thanksgiving: Green Bean Casserole

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