Turkey Leftover Blahs, No More!

  • Gym hours logged this week: 0
Sometimes when my gym routine takes a plunge, I feel guilty.  You know that feeling when you eat just one too many treats in a day?  I get a similar one when I let me fitness regime slide- even if only for several days. However, I’m trying to be easier on myself lately and remind myself that a few days is not going to hurt me, or really change anything at all.  I figure as long as: 1) I’m not sitting around all day or 2) I’m not stuffing my face with unhealthy food, there is no reason for lack-of-gym-anxiety.
Taking some time away from the gym is, in my opinion, perfectly fine and sometimes a good thing.  For me, it’s looking like it’ll be 7-days off.  I have been really busy with my friend Brit who was staying with us for a few days, touring around and walking everywhere…so that has helped significantly.
How to compensate when you can’t work out:
1) Try to incorporate walking as much as possible throughout the day.

2) Get enough sleep.  Being overtired causes you to snack on unnecessary (and usually unhealthy) foods.

3) Drink lots of water!  Sometimes hunger is mistaken for thirst.

4) Be extra-smart with food choices.
When I’m not working out consistently throughout the week, I make a conscious effort to eliminate any “treats” that I may typically eat when I’ve burned a ton of calories at the gym.  Although I am most definitely PRO fitness and busting your bum at the gym, I totally believe that food is the number one source to most weight-related problems (not to mention successes).

I’m trying to be easier on myself, follow the 4 rules listed above, and get back into my gym routine as quickly as possible.  That’s all you can do, I suppose!
In other news, I can’t believe that Canadian Thanksgiving is this Monday!  Where is the time going?  We won’t really be celebrating here in Brisbane.  It’s obviously not a holiday here, and I haven’t met one Canadian yet.  There are tons of American expats here, but they’ll all be celebrating in November.  Although I always love Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada and spending time with friends and family, I’ve never been overly enthralled with Thanksgiving dinner.  I don’t know what it is.    I’d honestly much rather dive into a pile of sashimi and spicy tuna rolls than a roasted turkey with all the fixings.  I know that most people love Thanksgiving dinner though, and I’m definitely in the minority. 
I’m also not a fan of turkey dinner leftovers.  There are only so many hot-turkey sandwiches and soups you can eat.  What else can you do with leftover turkey?
I bought a roasted chicken today (some of it is photographed above), but I made this healthy casserole with the idea that it could also be done with leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Roasted Chicken/Turkey Leftover Casserole
with long grain brown rice


Ingredients
– chicken/turkey (sliced/peeled into small pieces)
– large mushrooms (5 large, sliced)
– small yellow or brown onion (1, diced)
– broccoli florets- boiled (1 medium sided head)
– chicken stock- low sodium/organic (2/3 cup)
– long or medium grain brown rice (2 cups- cooked)
– sharp cheddar cheese- light (1 1/3 cups)
– light sour cream (1/4 cup)
– dijon mustard (2 tbsp)
– garlic cloves (1-1.5 minced)
– oil (1 tsp)
– oregano
– basil
– black pepper
Instructions
*Cook rice and boil broccoli before or during.  Be careful not to overcook the broccoli.
1. Preheat over to 180ºC.
2. Sauté garlic and onion in oil for a few minutes.
3. Add to frying pan: mushrooms, 1/3 cup chicken stock, basil, oregano, black pepper to taste.  Sauteé for a few more minutes.
4. Mix in: 1/3 cup chicken stock, mustard, sour cream, and rice.
5. Turn off burner.  Add chicken/turkey, broccoli, and 1/3 cheese.  Mix together.
6.  Add contents to a casserole dish (approximately 8″ x 11″).  Toss remaining cup of cheese on top layer, as well as a bit more basil/oregano/pepper (all just to taste).
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  The top should be golden brown when finished.
Yum!  This is such a super simple concoction, and a nice change of pace from the ‘ol regular turkey leftover menu.  Because if you’re anything like me, the last thing you are in the mood for after Thanksgiving dinner is more Thanksgiving dinner (for 3 days straight).
I also found some butternut squash to make an autumn inspired soup over the weekend.  They call it butternut pumpkin here, which I find slightly amusing.
I’m off to bed!  I have an early doctor’s appointment tomorrow and we should finally find out…
So excited!

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