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Thanksgiving Leftover Pockets

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! ¬†Our first Thanksgiving at the Hicks House was a success! Ken’s sister, her husband and daughter flew all the way in from Oregon to be with us on Thanksgiving and surprise their parents.

Everyone was super excited to see them and the surprise couldn’t have gone better! The food was delicious and while we were left with some leftovers – it wasn’t nearly as much as we had expected. We actually had to make more stuffing in order to make these pockets as we didn’t have any left!

We make pockets all the time, its a staple in our house so twisting the ingredients to incorporate Thanksgiving leftovers was a no brainer.

Yummm!

Yummm!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup leftover turkey cut up or shredded
  • 1/2 a bar of low fat cream cheese – softened
  • 1/4 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 tube crescent dough (the flat sheet kind)
  • 1/2 cup leftover gravy

Pre-set the oven to 375.

Line a cookie sheet with tin-foil and spray with non-stick spray or olive oil.

Lay out your crescent dough and stretch it out a bit making sure to close up any holes you make. Cut in half.

In a large bowl combine turkey and cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the gravy.

turkey and cream cheese mixture

turkey and cream cheese mixture

Spoon the mixture into the center of each of your dough squares.

spoon mixture evenly onto center of dough

spoon mixture evenly onto center of dough

Top with desired amount of stuffing and cranberry sauce. Add remaining gravy.

add everything else

add everything else

fold up like a wonton pinching the edges together to make sure they are good and sealed.

close it up

close it up

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the top. Enjoy!

delicious!

delicious!

You can experiment with any fillings you want. Ken said it would have also been very good to add some butternut squash instead of cranberry sauce. Maybe we’ll try that next time! ūüôā

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15 Minute Jambalaya

It’s TURKEY week! ¬†We’re hosting our first big family Thanksgiving and in preparation we’re trying to clean out the fridge to make room for all the apps, side dishes and of course the gigantic turkey that needs to stay in there until Thursday morning.

I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures – this was kind of an empty the fridge whim and I really wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out (I wasn’t too hopeful). We had leftover Italian chicken sausage from a second night of making Stuffed Acorn Squash (which I took pictures of the second time around – will update post) and shredded chicken which we make a batch of every week for salads and sandwiches.

Thinking of sausage and chicken together immediately had me thinking of jambalaya. I looked up a couple of recipes and they all had the entire process taking an hour plus. Not gonna happen on a Monday hunny. So we made it up as we went along and were pleasantly surprised – I thought it tasted just like jambalaya I’d had out that had been slow cooked.

15 minute jambalaya

15 minute jambalaya

Prep Time: 10 minutes (unless you’re a super chopper – I’m pretty slow)

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 shredded chicken breast
  • 2 links pre-cooked italian style chicken sausage (you could use pork sausage as well just make sure you cook it)
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 cloves diced garlic (if you’re using jarred minced garlic this is 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup medium heat salsa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons McCormick Baja Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 package of 10 minute brown rice (we made a whole package of Uncle Ben’s and just used half)

Place the rice packet in a saucepan of water and bring to a boil – boil for 10 minutes according to the package directions.

Meanwhile chop your onions, celery and green pepper. Saute vegetables in tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until cooked through – about 6-8 minutes. Add garlic cook an additional 2 minutes or so making sure the garlic does not burn. If the mixture looks to dry and all the oil is absorbed add a little bit of water to avoid burning (don’t worry it will cook off).

Add sausage and continue to cook until heated through. Add rice, chicken and cajun seasoning toss to combine cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to ensure the entire dish is hot and enjoy!

15 minute jambalaya

15 minute jambalaya

I think this would be really good with shrimp as well. You could either use it in place of the chicken or as a little something extra!


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Stuffed Acorn Squash

stuffed acorn squash

stuffed acorn squash

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not much of a cook. I’m an avid recipe searcher – but generally lack at the execution aspect. With the exception of a few things that I make (all things that involve the oven not the stove top) Ken is the main cook in our house since we prefer to eat non-burnt, non-raw inside food. However, last week my sister posted a photo of an acorn squash she had cooked and it just looked amazing. Then when I went to the grocery store over the weekend there they were right up front on display and on sale Acorn squash. I HAD to have one. So I bought it.

(Ken opens fridge)
Ken: What is this thing?
Me: It’s an acorn squash.
Ken: What do you do with it?
Me: I have no idea. Nicole posted a picture on Facebook and it looked really good so I got one.
Ken: Have you ever had it before?
Me: No. But I bet it’s awesome. (Text’s Nicole to see how she cooked it Answer “I googled it.” Crap now I have to google it. I have this weird looking squash thing and no idea how to even begin cooking it.)

So we looked up a bunch of recipes and most called for ingredients we didn’t have. Since I had not planned ahead and already gone to the store, this was no good so we decided to take a couple aspects of several different recipes and make our own. What’s the worst that could happen? If it totally sucks we could just order pizza right?

Most of the recipes called for baking it with butter and brown sugar and serving it as a side dish. (which is what my sister did) That seemed pretty good, however that seemed like way too much squash to have as a side for two people, and a lot of work for just a side dish so we decided to turn it into more of a meal.

BEST IDEA EVER I’m not even remotely exaggerating when I say that this was not only the best meal I’ve had at home in a long time, it’s also quite possibly the best meal I’ve had PERIOD in a long time. It captured all of the feelings of fall in a single meal. ¬†It was so good I decided to post my first (and with my skills possibly my last) recipe.

So here’s what we did so you can create this masterpiece yourself:

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 65 minutes (it’s worth the wait I promise)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large acorn squash
  • 3 links pre-cooked italian style chicken sausage (you could use pork sausage as well just make sure you cook it)
  • 1 cup dry stuffing mix (we used turkey flavor because that’s what we had)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves diced garlic (if you’re using jarred minced garlic this is 2 teaspoons)

Preheat oven to 400.  If using the pre cooked sausage links cut into 1/4 inch thick slices then quarter them. In a large bowl combine stuffing mix until most of the liquid is absorbed. (we had a little extra Рno big deal) Add the sausage, garlic and onion and mix.

Cut the acorn squash lengthwise and clean out, deseed the cavity.  Place the two halves on a cookie sheet and press as much of the stuffing mixture into each cavity as you can fit allowing it to mound up on top.  Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the stuffing starts to brown on the top.  Remove from oven and tuck aluminum foil around the squash halves.  Return to oven and cook an additional 30-35 minutes until squash is fork tender.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

Mix stuffing & broth

Mix stuffing & broth

dice sausage

dice sausage

cut acorn squash in half lengthwise

cut acorn squash in half lengthwise

hollow out seeds

hollow out seeds

stuff it

stuff it

wrap in foil

wrap in foil

enjoy!

enjoy!