Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint

Quinoa is one of my favorite Super Foods of 2012. I talked a great deal about quinoa this weekend at my nutrition/healthy eating seminar including how to pronounce it, purchase it and cook it. I had a lot of wonderful questions regarding this gluten-free grain. One serving of quinoa provides all 8 essential amino acids, and it is high in protein and fiber. It’s also a wonderful grain for those on a gluten-free diet, and it works wonderful for breakfast, a side, in soups and salads. I recommend buying the rinsed version to make your life even easier. I developed this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint for Thanksgiving for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms Turkey. It makes a great side dish or salad, and my kids absolutely loved it. Add grilled chicken or shrimp if you wish for a main dish salad.

Top 10 Ways To Use Leftover Turkey

Do you have leftover turkey from Christmas? I do, and so many friends often ask me, “What should I do with my turkey leftovers?” I thought I would share a list of some of my favorite ways to use leftover turkey.

1.Turkey Roll-Ups-One of my kids all-time favorite lunch sandwich

2. Turkey Enchiladas-15 minutes to prepare see Turkey Enchiladas

3. Turkey Tetrazzini-True comfort food

4. Turkey Salad-Just add celery, low-fat mayonnaise, pepper and even toasted walnuts

5. Turkey Soup or Turkey Chili-Homemade turkey noodle or turkey wild rice soup or even turkey chili

6. Turkey Lasagna-Use turkey instead of beef but add fresh veggies, mushrooms and even sausage

7. Turkey Pasta-Combine cooked penne pasta, tomatoes, sliced turkey basil and balsamic dressing

8. Turkey Hash-Combine potatoes, onions, carrots, turkey to make a great brunch combination

9. Turkey Pita Sandwiches-Combine turkey, hummus and alfalfa sprouts for a light, fresh lunch.

10. Turkey Tacos or Fajitas-My kids love Mexican and don’t miss the beef when I make these. My favorite turkey brand is Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White