the lighter side of leftovers

Citrus turkey pilaff with spinach and sun dried tomatoes.

Until today I haven’t felt the slightest bit hungry since Dec 24th! What a gorge-fest the holidays are! Like all of you I am sure you have a bundle of turkey in your fridge, and probably your feeling like once again you have over eaten yourself into oblivion. Well the good news is the holidays are almost behind us and then it will be much easier to put off the boozey coffee, holiday chocolates and gravy. Until then I have a fridge full of left overs and some light and easy recipes to ease us into the new year. Starting with Turkey of course!

I am also planning to get off this wheat train again, I am feeling like my tolerance for spelt is at it limit these days, and I am looking forward to sprouting grains and greens and getting away from the cream cheese spelt pastry crusts for a while! So while the new year isn’t officially here yet I am slowly stepping away from the holiday gluttony and moving toward a light and fresh new year!

This savoury veggie rice pilaff is quick and easy and makes great use of your little bundles of turkey, best of all it involves no gravy and it really is light and fresh tasting.

Start by cooking 1.5 cups of rice.

In a large deep pan brown with a glug of olive oil:

1/2 yellow onion chopped fine

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 large carrot chopped fine

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Once they start to brown add:

2 cups of chopped cooked turkey breast

2 tbsp sundried tomatoes in oil (I started soaking a garlicky pint of this stuff a few weeks back and I have been adding these babies to everything! yum)

Season with:

a handful of finely chopped parsley

a squeeze of Braggs

1 tbsp miso

1 tbsp paprika

a pinch of saffron

squeeze of lemon

squeeze of ketchup or tomato paste

1 cup of water

1 tbsp Caribbean hot sauce

simmer away on low for about 20 minutes (or until the carrots and just tender)

when your rice is cooked add it to the pan along with:

3 handfuls of fresh spinach

and the juice of 2 mandarin oranges

combine quickly and serve while the spinach is still bright green!

Ahh, hearty, healthy and easy.

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