Hands up if you plan to have a turkey in the oven at some point over the next couple of days.
I know you’re probably not thinking about what to do with that leftover turkey yet, but I want to catch you before you toss out that beautiful turkey carcass in the trash.
Instead of throwing the carcass away (please don’t throw it away!), you can use it to create wonderful, delicious and nutritious soup stock.
We absolutely love turkey soup in my house, and I know if you try this recipe, you’re going to love it, too!
The trick to making turkey soup is to roast the carcass.
If you are too tired after entertaining family for Thanksgiving Dinner, put the carcass in a freezer bag until you have a couple of hours to give it the proper treatment it deserves!
When you’re ready to get down to business, pull the carcass apart and put it in a roaster with some roughly chopped carrots, celery, onions, and 8 or 9 whole cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, and roast at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, take the roaster out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Turn on one of your largest stovetop elements and place the roaster on top. Cover the carcass with cold water and boil uncovered for an hour. NOTE: METAL ROASTERS ONLY! If you’ve roasted your carcass in a different type of roasting pan, transfer the bones and vegetables to a stockpot for this step!
After an hour of boiling, strain the whole mess and pop it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, remove the layer of fat from the top and get ready to make a big pot of delicious Roast Turkey Carcass Soup!
Green beans are a real crowd-pleasing vegetable. With a mild, sweet flavor and a completely portable and edible design, green beans make a great on-the-go snack for kids, and they can also add some real visual interest to a vegetable tray.
But there’s more to this slender green veggie than looks alone!
Green beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein. Green beans are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese and fiber.
One of the ultimate ways to enjoy green beans for a special occasion like Thanksgiving Dinner, is with your classic green bean casserole. But the problem with most green bean casserole recipes is that they involve canned soup.
I can not stand canned soups in casseroles. I also can’t stand canned green beans. Yuck.
This Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll still enjoy green bean casserole, but in a new way—with a recipe I’ve perfected over the past few years.
Now, be forewarned. This is not an everyday vegetable dish and it is certainly not a 100% Paleo-friendly recipe. But, hey, Thanksgiving comes around once a year, and sometimes we have to bend the rules a bit in the name of tradition.
Yes, this recipe includes those canned fried onion rings because, in my opinion, you can’t have a proper green bean casserole without them!
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