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      4 Christmas Dinner Leftover Recipes

      It's December 26th. Your refrigerator is stuffed with stuffing, turkey, ham, potatoes, green bean casserole and countless desserts. The reality of gaining 10 pounds over the past few days hasn't yet set in, you're not even thinking about the gym, you have some time to kill and you're looking to pack away some more calories.

      You have no room in the fridge for new meals, so why not get creative with those leftovers? Here are 4 ideas to get you started.

      Holiday ham omelet


      Heat a skillet to medium-high and coat the pan with butter or cooking spray. Use a small fork to mix the eggs, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then pour the mixture into the heated skillet. Let the eggs spread out into a circle, then add the ham and vegetable fillings of your choice to one side. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the fillings, wait for the uncovered half of the egg to become firm and use a spatula to fold the bare side over the fillings. Flip the entire omelet over once to let it finish cooking. Sprinkle another thin layer of cheese onto your omelet after removing it from the skillet and placing it on your plate.

      • Leftover ham. a few slices shredded or cubed
      • Butter or cooking spray
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 ounces cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
      • Salt and pepper to taste
      • Optional fillings: diced onions, chopped bell peppers, cubed tomatoes, diced jalape�os, sliced mushrooms and fresh spinach

      Turkey salad sandwich


      Use a fork to shred slices of leftover turkey slices into a small mixing bowl. Add the diced onion to the turkey and mix in the mayonnaise, relish, salt and pepper.

      Spread the turkey salad onto your bread or roll, add the lettuce and serve.

      • 2 slices whole wheat or white bread, leftover holiday roll or croissant
      • 1-2/3 cups shredded turkey
      • 1-1/2 tablespoons onion, diced as small as possible
      • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
      • 1-1/2 tablespoons relish
      • Salt and pepper to taste
      • Lettuce

      Fried apples 'n' onions with ham


      Put the skillet over low heat and spread one pat of butter onto its surface. Sauté the onion slices until they begin to turn clear, then add the apple slices and sprinkle in the sugar and cinnamon. Stir the mixture continually. When the apples turn brown, turn up the heat, add the second butter pat and continue stirring. Push the mixture to the side of the skillet once the apples have become soft and have cooked all the way through. Lower the heat and add the ham. When the ham is warm to the touch, dump out the skillet onto a plate and enjoy your fried apples 'n' onions with ham.

      • 1 apple, sliced thin
      • 1/8 or 1/4 onion. sliced
      • Precooked ham slices
      • 2 pats butter
      • Sugar and cinnamon to taste

      Peppermint hot chocolate


      Pour the milk into a microwavable mug and add the unsweetened cocoa powder and peppermint candy. Put in more cocoa to make the drink thicker and richer. Heat the mixture in your microwave for one minute, then remove the mug and stir the contents before putting the mug back in the microwave for another minute. Stir in the hot chocolate mix and, if desired, top the beverage with marshmallows and whipped cream. Wait for the liquid to cool a little bit before drinking it.

      • 8 ounces 2-percent milk
      • Unsweetened cocoa powder to taste
      • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
      • 1 small peppermint pillow mint or similar piece of candy
      • Optional: marshmallows or whipped cream

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