My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with family, taking a few moments out of a busy month to sit down and express gratitude. However! Coming in a very close second on my list of favorite things about Thanksgiving has got to be.. the leftovers.
Like many of you, we do Thanksgiving at different places (my parents and his grandparents) and we’re the type of people who unapologetically gather as many leftovers as we can. I love post-Thanksgiving quesadillas, tarts… you name it.
But especially sandwiches.
For the first time ever, I decided to indulge in a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich before Thanksgiving. Hey, the life of a blogger means making sacrifices sometimes! But this sandwich has been on my mind for weeks now and I just couldn’t hold out any longer.
First, I started by mixing some home-canned spiced peach jam with a pound of cranberries, fresh orange juice and zest and brown sugar, then cooking it down until it became thick. The end result is a cinnamon-spiced cranberry chutney… delicious!
Then I took the veggies that I would normally add to my stuffing: onions, celery, garlic and lots of carrots. I cooked all of that until it was just barely al dente. Bam, vegetable compote! Just a little something to add flavor and texture in a guilt-free way.
And speaking of flavor, texture and being guilt free. I present to you another Gardein creation. If you were wondering how I could call this recipe veggie-packed and Vegan friendly, it’s because I used Turky Cutlets from Gardein!
Here’s a funny little story: I made these sandwiches and had them set aside for my taste tester husband to try when he got home from work. His construction worker buddy was with him and they both ate these. My husband and his friend had a good laugh over the fact that I was “pretending” to be using a vegetarian product for my post when I was really feeding them turkey.
So even though I was totally honest with them about the ingredients I was using, they thought I was just trying to trick them!
So why Gardein? Made with non-GMO soy and wheat, ancient grains and veggies Gardein provides the taste, texture and nutrition of meat with less fat, less calories and no cholesterol. It’s also vegan and kosher!
Plus you can cook these straight from the freezer, so you’re only spending about 15 minutes cooking it (instead of an entire turkey….), making this the perfect thing to just throw together!