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Get Cash Back on Bananas, Green Beans, Potatoes & More

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 10:12 am
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It’s Thursday which means a brand new list of offers from Checkout 51 have been released! Have you tried Checkout 51 yet? It’s very similar to IbottaSnap by GrouponShopmium and the new BerryCart app (for organic, non-GMO & gluten-free items), yet you can use it on your computer, and not just your phone. It’s is a site that offers you cash back for products that you’re likely buying at the store already. The best part is that you can purchase these items at any store! Simply purchase the items you want and then upload your receipt into the app. Your purchase and upload must be completed by 11:59pm on Wednesdays. Within a few hours, the cash  you earned will be deposited into your account. Search our Coupon Database to find manufacturer coupons & other money-back app offers you can stack with these Checkout51 offers to save even more!

Bananas
Any brand. Excludes frozen varieties.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Green beans
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Potatoes
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Carrots
Any pre-packaged variety. Excludes vegetable mixes.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Brussels sprouts
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Carmex® Skin Care
4 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment
0.07 oz.
Cash Back: $3.00

Carmex® Moisture Plus® Lip Balm
0.075 oz. Excludes Carmex® Lip Balm.
Cash Back: $0.75

Imagine® Chunky Style Soups
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce Flavors
Any size, any flavor.
Cash Back: $0.75

Buy 3: Any McCormick® Grill Mates® products
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash Back: $1.00

Blue Dragon products
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

GoGargle!™
10 count.
Cash Back: $1.00

Buy 2: Nongshim Meal Noodles
Any flavor. Excludes Bowl Noodles and Cup Noodles. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash Back: $0.50

Minute Maid® Frozen Novelties
Offer valid on 12 pack MINUTE MAID® Juice Bars, 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Lemonade Variety Pack, and 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Limeade Variety Pack Cherry/Limonada.
Cash Back: $0.75

LUIGI’S® Real Italian Ice products
24 fl oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

SUPERPRETZEL® products
9 oz or larger, any variety. Excludes SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzel Bites.
Cash Back: $0.75

Kim & Scott’s® Gourmet Pretzel products
7 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Urban Accents® Spice Blends
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

Urban Accents® Dryglaze™ Grilling Rubs
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

Tagamet® Acid Reducer
30 count or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $2.00

Fiber Choice® Fiber Supplement
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
17 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Wild Garden® Hummus Dips
Any jar variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Arla Dofino® Cheese
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Boursin® Cheese
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Rumford Reduced Sodium Baking Powder
4 oz. and 8.1 oz. canisters.
Cash Back: $0.50

Lavazza Coffee or Espresso Blends
Any variety. Excludes Lavazza K-Cup® Packs.
Cash Back: $2.50

SebaMed® Liquid Face & Body Wash
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

MilkSplash™ Milk Flavoring
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Any grocery trip over $60 for a chance to win $500†
†No purchase required. See all Contest details in the Official Rules at: www.checkout51.com/contests

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Be Aware of Holiday Allergens

Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Angel Soft Facial TissueThe holiday season can be one that is exciting, busy, and happy. It also can be filled with allergens that you, or your loved ones, need to avoid in order to stay healthy. The trick is to avoid as many allergy triggers as possible while traveling and visiting other people’s homes. That’s not easy! Here are some tips about holiday allergens that you may not be aware of.

Dusty Decorations
Plastic Christmas trees sit in storage for the majority of the year. When Christmas rolls around again, those trees can be covered with a lot of dust. Make sure to thoroughly clean them off before bringing them inside.

Boxes of Christmas ornaments, and other holiday decorations, can also gather a lot of dust. People tend to bring in the boxes without realizing how much dust is on the box itself. Plastic tubs that are airtight can keep ornaments from collecting dust. The tub itself, though, should be wiped down before it comes inside the house.

People with dust allergies may have issues when visiting other people’s homes. There’s no way to know how much dust is attached to their Christmas tree. Another problem with dust comes from being “cooped up” indoors for a long time while the weather is cold. Dust can build up and be spread around.

Allergens in Plants
Real Christmas trees can be lovely. They can also cause allergic reactions to people who have an allergy to pine or fir. A real Christmas tree can also contain mold that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The scent, pollen, and mold spread through the air.

Wreaths that are made from real pine or fir branches cause the same problems. In addition, some people are allergic to poinsettias. This allergy can be very serious. This is something to consider if you, or a loved one, will be spending time at the home of family members who have unwittingly filled the air with allergens.

Holiday Food
What’s in those Christmas cookies? Can you be absolutely certain that the allergy-free food did not get cross contaminated? When in doubt, people with food allergies have no choice other than to not eat. That’s no fun at all, especially if the person gets hungry.

One option is to bring your own allergy-friendly version of the holiday food to the party or family gathering. You can be certain about exactly what is in those cookies and that nothing else has touched them.

Bring Your Medications
People who have allergies should bring all of their medications with them to the holiday party or gathering. There is always a chance that a mistake will be made, or something unexpected will happen, that exposes you to an allergen. Follow your doctor’s instructions and take your allergy medications as prescribed.

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Save 20% on Grapefruit

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 10:28 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers.  

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 12/22/2014.

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Get Cash Back on Bananas, Oranges, Marshmallows & More

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 10:00 am
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It’s Thursday which means a brand new list of offers from Checkout 51 have been released! Have you tried Checkout 51 yet? It’s very similar to IbottaSnap by GrouponShopmium and the new BerryCart app (for organic, non-GMO & gluten-free items), yet you can use it on your computer, and not just your phone. It’s is a site that offers you cash back for products that you’re likely buying at the store already. The best part is that you can purchase these items at any store! Simply purchase the items you want and then upload your receipt into the app. Your purchase and upload must be completed by 11:59pm on Wednesdays. Within a few hours, the cash  you earned will be deposited into your account. Search our Coupon Database to find manufacturer coupons & other money-back app offers you can stack with these Checkout51 offers to save even more!

Any candy canes
Any package of candy canes.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Bananas
Any brand. Excludes frozen varieties.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Any marshmallows
Any package of marshmallows.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Oranges
Any variety. Excludes canned oranges.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Any eggnog
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”

Pledge®
Any variety. Excludes Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner.
Cash Back: $1.00

Blue Dragon products
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Buy 3: Any McCormick® Grill Mates® products
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash Back: $1.00

Minute Maid® Frozen Novelties
Offer valid on 12 pack MINUTE MAID® Juice Bars, 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Lemonade Variety Pack, and 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Limeade Variety Pack Cherry/Limonada.
Cash Back: $0.75

Arla Dofino® Cheese
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Boursin® Cheese
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

LUIGI’S® Real Italian Ice products
24 fl oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Kim & Scott’s® Gourmet Pretzel products
7 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Urban Accents® Spice Blends
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

Urban Accents® Dryglaze™ Grilling Rubs
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce Flavors
Any size, any flavor.
Cash Back: $0.75

MilkSplash™ Milk Flavoring
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Red Rose® Black Tea Single Serve Cups
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Red Rose® Simply Indulgent Tea
20 count carton, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Tagamet® Acid Reducer
30 count or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $2.00

Fiber Choice® Fiber Supplement
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

SebaMed® Liquid Face & Body Wash
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
17 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Wild Garden® Hummus Dips
Any jar variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

SUPERPRETZEL® products
9 oz or larger, any variety. Excludes SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzel Bites.
Cash Back: $0.75

Rumford Reduced Sodium Baking Powder
4 oz. and 8.1 oz. canisters.
Cash Back: $0.50

Buy 2: Nongshim Meal Noodles
Any flavor. Excludes Bowl Noodles and Cup Noodles. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash Back: $0.50

Lavazza Coffee or Espresso Blends
Any variety. Excludes Lavazza K-Cup® Packs.
Cash Back: $2.50

Any grocery trip over $60 for a chance to win $500†
†No purchase required. See all Contest details in the Official Rules at: www.checkout51.com/contests

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Healthier Alternatives to Traditional Egg Nog

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Eggs Egg nog is one of the traditional holiday drinks that people enjoy in December. Traditional egg nog includes dairy and eggs. This can be problematic for people with food allergies and for those who are vegan. Instead of going without, try some of these healthier alternatives to traditional egg nog.

Traditional egg nog contains the following ingredients: milk, sugar, raw eggs, and spices (usually nutmeg). Sometimes, cream is added to the egg nog to make it thicker. Or, in some cases, gelatin is added instead. People have topped their egg nog with vanilla, whipped cream, or cinnamon. It is not unusual to serve an egg nog that contains alcohol (typically rum) to adults. One cup of egg nog can contain around 400 calories.

This list of ingredients leaves out a lot of people who either cannot safely consume them, or who chose not to do so. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative recipes for healthier versions of egg nog.

Allergy-Friendly Egg Nog
Momables has an awesome recipe for those who want to enjoy egg nog but cannot have dairy, eggs, nuts, or gluten. It substitutes coconut milk for the dairy. It uses bananas, flax meal, and applesauce to thicken it. It calls for gluten-free vanilla. The recipe suggests either cinnamon, ground nutmeg, or cinnamon sticks as garnish. Those concerned about nut allergies can leave out the nutmeg.

Diet Egg Nog
The Nibble has come up with four different diet versions of egg nog. All of them are below 140 calories per glass (and some are even lower than that). The trick seems to be to substitute the milk with fat-free milk, and to replace the sugar with sugar free sweeteners.

Dairy Free Egg Nog
Wellness Mama has a recipe for dairy-free egg nog that can be made in two ways. You can choose from the “easy version” or the “traditional version”. Each recipe includes the same ingredients, but differs in the preparation. The recipe replaces the milk with coconut milk.

The Dairy Free Egg Nog recipe contains egg yolks and honey. This makes it unsuitable for vegans. It also isn’t a good choice for people who have egg allergies.

Vegan Egg Nog
Veggiful has a recipe for egg nog that is completely vegan. It calls for “plant milk” instead of dairy milk. To be specific, it suggests Soy Milky Lite. Coconut cream is used instead of dairy cream. It uses maple syrup for a sweetener instead of sugar.

Produce on Parade has another recipe for “The Best Vegan Egg Nog”. It uses full-fat coconut milk. Medjool dates are used as a sweetener. It uses cashews and xanthan gum to thicken it.

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Save 20% on Green Peppers

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 9:06 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Green Peppers at participating retailers.  

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 12/15/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Vons, Safeway, Food 4 Less,  H-E-B, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo and MORE! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

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Get Cash Back on Flour, Sugar, Butter, Bananas & More

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am
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It’s Thursday which means a brand new list of offers from Checkout 51 have been released! Have you tried Checkout 51 yet? It’s very similar to Ibotta, Snap by GrouponShopmium and the new BerryCart app (for organic, non-GMO & gluten-free items), yet you can use it on your computer, and not just your phone. It’s is a site that offers you cash back for products that you’re likely buying at the store already. The best part is that you can purchase these items at any store! Simply purchase the items you want and then upload your receipt into the app. Your purchase and upload must be completed by 11:59pm on Wednesdays. Within a few hours, the cash  you earned will be deposited into your account. Search our Coupon Database to find manufacturer coupons & other money-back app offers you can stack with these Checkout51 offers to save even more!

Any flour
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”.

Any sugar
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”.

Any butter
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”.

Any vanilla extract
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”.

Bananas
Any brand. Excludes frozen varieties.
Cash Back: $0.25
This is part of “Pick Your Own Offer”.

Minute Maid® Frozen Novelties
Offer valid on 12 pack MINUTE MAID® Juice Bars, 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Lemonade Variety Pack, and 8 pack MINUTE MAID® Soft Frozen Limeade Variety Pack Cherry/Limonada.
Cash Back: $0.75

TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce Flavors
Any size, any flavor.
Cash Back: $0.75

Boursin® Cheese
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Pledge®
Any variety. Excludes Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner.
Cash Back: $1.00

La Preferida Chick Peas
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.30

La Preferida Jalapeño Nacho Slices
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.60

La Preferida Black Beans
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.25

Buy 2: Nongshim Meal Noodles
Any flavor. Excludes Bowl Noodles and Cup Noodles.
Cash Back: $0.50

Buy 3: Any McCormick® Grill Mates® products
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Urban Accents® Dryglaze™ Grilling Rubs
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

Urban Accents® Spice Blends
Any variety. Offer not available for online purchases.
Cash Back: $1.00

Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Blue Dragon products
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Rumford Reduced Sodium Baking Powder
4 oz. and 8.1 oz. canisters.
Cash Back: $0.50

MilkSplash™ Milk Flavoring
Any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Café Bustelo® products
Any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

SUPERPRETZEL® products
9 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

Kim & Scott’s® Gourmet Pretzel products
7 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

LUIGI’S® Real Italian Ice products
24 fl oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $0.75

SebaMed® Liquid Face & Body Wash
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
17 oz or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Wild Garden® Hummus Dips
Any jar variety.
Cash Back: $1.00

Tagamet® Acid Reducer
30 count or larger, any variety.
Cash Back: $2.00

Fiber Choice® Fiber Supplement
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash Back: $3.00

Submit a grocery store receipt for $60† or more for a chance to win $500
†No purchase required. See all Contest details in the Official Rules at: www.checkout51.com/contests

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Gluten-Free Christmas Treats

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Christmas treeThere are certain candies, baked goods, and other treats that are associated with Christmas. People who have celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance or allergy, often feel left out because many holiday foods contain gluten. Here is a quick look at some gluten-free alternatives to holiday foods.

It’s no fun to walk through a grocery store and be surrounded by holiday candy and baked goods that you cannot eat because they contain gluten. Many people have a sentimental attachment to at least one or two holiday treats. Fortunately, there are some companies that make packaged holiday foods that are gluten-free.

Spangler Candy makes gluten-free candy canes. They are red and white striped and peppermint flavored. Each box contains 12 candy canes. They are sold in a pack of three boxes. This gives you plenty of candy to share. Ingredients include:

Sugar, corn syrup, natural flavor, color added (includes Red 40)

There is also an allergy statement that says: These Christmas candy canes do not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment. There is a trace amount of soy oil on the lubricant that we use in our cooking kettles. This soy oil has been refined, bleached, and deodorized and all of the proteins have been removed.

MI-DEL makes All Natural Gingerbread Men Cookies that are gluten-free. They are sold via Amazon, and appear to be limited edition. Amazon doesn’t list the ingredients. It might be safer to try and find them in your local grocery store and read the ingredient label before you buy them.

Mi-Del also makes Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps. They are round cookies that taste similar to gingerbread. The ingredients include:

Gluten-free flour (corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, rice flour, corn starch, potato starch, xantham gum), organic dehydrated cane juice, canola oil, unsulphured molasses, ginger, soy lecithin (used as an emulsifier), eggs, baking soda, sea salt, natural flavor.

Note: This product contains egg and soy. It also has an allergy warning on it’s package: Processed in a facility that also processes or handles wheat, milk, peanuts, and tree nuts. MI-DEL Gluten-Free products are routinely tested using the ELISA method to ensure gluten-free status as determined by the World Health Organization.

Would you prefer to make your own gluten-free baked goods at home? There are plenty of gluten-free mixes to choose from. Pamela’s is a well known name for gluten-free pastry mixes. You also can work from scratch by starting with a gluten-free flour (such as one from Bob’s Red Mill).

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Save 20% on Butternut Squash

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Butternut Squash at participating retailers.  

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 12/8/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Vons, Safeway, Food 4 Less,  H-E-B, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo and MORE! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

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What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Turkey sandwich, food, Round two recipesThanksgiving is celebrated with a feast of food. Often, there is more food served than the guests will be able to eat. What are you going to do with the leftovers? If you keep food safety in mind, there are plenty of ways to distribute and use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Food Safety
Food Safety News notes that leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of preparation. Food that has been left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours could be unsafe to eat. Keep this in mind as you are clearing away the remains of Thanksgiving dinner.

Leftovers that have been safely refrigerated (within two hours of preparation) should be eaten as soon as possible. They will only last about three or four days. Obviously, if something looks or smells “wrong” – don’t eat it!

Ready to eat the leftovers? They should be reheated to 165 degrees F. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature. Gravies should be brought to a rolling boil.

Share with Guests
There are many people who love leftovers. Make a general announcement that you will be happy to send some leftovers home with guests. Those who want them will take you up on that offer!

Follow the food safety guidelines. For best results, take the foods that the guest wants to take home out of the refrigerator shortly before he or she is ready to go home. Package up a portion for your guest to take home. Rest assured that the guests who requests leftovers will actually eat them. That’s better than having all that food go directly into the trash.

Make a Specialty Sandwich
This is the time of year when sandwich shops offer seasonal sandwiches that include many of the foods that people eat at Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of spending money on those, why not use up your leftovers and make your own version?

You will need some bread. Pick whatever kind you like best. Add in slices of turkey, some stuffing, and some cranberry sauce. Some people may want to add a little gravy to the sandwich. You don’t have to be an amazing chef to whip up some sandwiches for you and your family to enjoy.

Try a Casserole
One way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers is to present them in a different way. People get bored of turkey sandwiches after they’ve had a few. You can put the leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes gravy, green beans, and maybe even the cranberries in a casserole. Not sure how to do that? Kraft has a recipe for “Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole” that you can follow.

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