Cent$ible Nutrition News • November 2020 • Volume 24 | Number 2
What are Planned-Overs?
A holiday meal is a special occasion, usually full of foods we do not eat every day. With a little planning, leftovers, or planned-overs, from the holiday meal can last several meals.
A planned-over is a leftover from a meal that you plan to use in a future meal. The holidays are a great time to think about planned-overs because holiday meals often result in many leftovers. By planning ahead to use your leftovers, you can save time and money without letting any food go to waste.
Soups, casseroles, enchiladas, and more are possible with holiday leftovers. Before cooking your holiday meal, think about if you will have leftovers and how your might use them. If you want leftovers, plan for them by making a little extra during your holiday meal preparations. This might include cooking a slightly larger turkey, making a few more mashed potatoes, or having an extra can of green beans on hand.
Ideas for Planned-Overs
- Turkey pot pie (use turkey, green beans/other vegetables)
- Shepherd’s pie (use turkey, green beans/other vegetables, mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes)
- Turkey noodle soup (use turkey; soup freezes well for meals later)
- Turkey enchiladas
- Turkey rice casserole
- Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos (use sweet potatoes or canned yams- drained and rinsed, if in syrup)
- Salmon Croquettes (use mashed potatoes)
All of these recipes are available to you through the Cent$ible Nutrition Program! Contact your local educator to learn more.
Food Safety & Planned-Overs
Keeping food safe is key to enjoying planned-overs. Remember these tips as you cook, enjoy, and put away your holiday meals.
- Cook all poultry, leftovers, and casseroles to 165°F.
- Keep food out of the 40°F-140°F temperature range.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
- Set refrigerator temperature to 40°F and freezer to 0°F.
- Store leftovers in shallow containers so they cool quickly.
- Leftovers are generally good for 4 days in the refrigerator.
- Freeze leftovers that you cannot use in 4 days.
- Frozen leftovers are generally good for 2-4 months.
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