"Make Over My Thanksgiving Leftovers!"
What are you going to do with the insane amount of delicious, calorie-bomb Thanksgiving leftovers sitting in your fridge? Eat them, of course -- but only after giving each dish one of these easy, healthy upgrades
Leftover: Mashed potatoes and gravyMakeover: Mashed potato pancakes
Leftover mashed potatoes make the perfect batter for the next morning's pancakes. Henderiks says to mix two cups of mashed potatoes with an egg, a handful of spinach, tomatoes, and shredded low-fat feta or cheddar cheese. Mix and form the "dough" into pancakes using your hands, then fry on a griddle for about five minutes on each side.
Dubost says spinach is a great add-in since it's one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. "Spinach is loaded with iron, vitamins B and C, and calcium," she says. "And the cooked tomatoes give you a good dose of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fend off disease."
Don't have any spinach or tomatoes? Henderiks says you can use other vegetables in your fridge. "Just get them on your cutting board, finely chop them, and toss into the batter," she says. To up the taste factor, eat the pancakes with unsweetened applesauce and sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon.
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