Thanksgiving aftermath

While I totally love a good traditional Thanksgiving feast, this year wasn’t quite as enjoyable because of this lovely thing called gestational diabetes. Low carb diets aren’t so fun when the side dishes are potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc.

And while I really enjoyed eating those wonderful foods (my blood sugars were even totally on target when I tested!), I enjoy the aftermath of “Thanksgiving” more than the actual feast.

Like when my mom tells Alaina she can do her make-up and when Alaina gets bored with “normal” make-up, my mom turns into this:

The other “aftermath” of Thanksgiving that I love is leftovers. But I get really tired of turkey really quickly. Luckily, my mom gave me a favorite recipe when I got married for Chicken and Noodles, that works wonderfully with leftover turkey as well. And my whole family loves it, which is always a plus! So I thought I’d share it with you so you’re not eating leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing for the next three days straight.

  • Turkey and Noodles

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Total Time: 50 minutes

    Turkey and Noodles


    • 6 oz. of uncooked noodles
    • 1 lb shredded or chopped turkey
    • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup milk
    • season salt, to taste


    1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
    2. While you are waiting for the water to boil for the noodles in a larger pot, melt the butter for the white sauce over medium-low heat in a smaller pot.
    3. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook as directed.
    4. When the butter is melted, add the flour using a whisk until smooth. Slowly add the broth and milk, again stirring with a whisk until completely mixed.
    5. Cook the white sauce over medium to medium-high heat, stirring often with a whisk, until thick and bubbly (about 10 minutes).
    6. Drain noodles and combine with turkey and white sauce in an 8x8 baking dish.
    7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with season salt to taste upon serving.
(I normally make this gluten-free for my family by subbing g-free noodles and all-purpose flour so I can eat it too. 🙂 )
I always feel so blessed during the holiday season, sharing meals with so many family members and feeling quite thankful for all we have. I pray the same for you.

Oh! And if you have a good leftover recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment with the link and I’ll totally check it out.

Oh! Oh! And we totally rocked out to Just Dance 4 today too. Even my brother “danced” by moving his one arm with the controller. 🙂


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One thought on “Thanksgiving aftermath

  1. Chris

    I am glad you had a wonderful time….and I hope that your pregnancy goes well……holidays can be hard with so many good treats – but you are always such a good mom and I know you will make sure you and the new one to be stay healthy!……thinking about you! Chris


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