Most of us are very fortunate. We can afford to go overboard, and we do it every year around Thanksgiving. We cook for an army of people, even though there will only be a handful at the dinner table. Instead of one side dish, we have four or five.
Leftovers everwhere. Cake and pies, stuffing and gravy, cranberries and of course the rest of the bird. A 20-pound turkey goes a long way in an average household. Cooking blogs are posting turkey leftover recipes by the minute.
The best idea for Thanksgiving leftovers is the perfect start to the Holiday season. Give your leftovers away. Help the ones in need.
Buy bread, cheese, bottled water and brown bags and make turkey sandwiches. Go to the places where you know the homeless people gather and offer them. Be patient, and understand if some will decline. In times like this its’ hard to trust strangers; homeless people have been hurt in the past, just like kids have been hurt with candy on Halloween.
And if you don’t have the time to do that, try donating Thanksgiving leftovers to your local food bank. Call them, and find out if they accept cooked leftovers or only canned food items.
Call homeless shelters and others shelters and ask if you can help out by giving away delicious leftovers from your home. Call schools that have a free after-school meal program for the kids in need. You will be surprised how many there are.
Remember, what’s a leftover to you, might be a feast for others.