What's Cooking This Week? The Gobbler Sandwich and More

Leftovers never tasted so good.
Leftovers never tasted so good.
Photo by Kristen Taylor

I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal plan and grocery guide. This way, I can make the most of my ingredients and my leftovers.

Last week, smoked salmon was used in both a Salmon & Goat Cheese Quiche and fully dressed Bagels & Lox. This week, Thanksgiving leftovers get turned into the ultimate Next-Day Sandwich.

Here's the rest of the plan:

  • Shrimp & Vegetable Stir-Fry
  • Grilled Chicken & Squash w/ Garlic & Oil
  • Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
  • Turkey Coma!
  • The Gobbler Sandwich

    Pantry Items

  • Oil (olive, extra virgin, canola, peanut)
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Cooking spray
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Chicken stock
  • Soy Sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chicken stock
  • Sriracha
  • Chili paste
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

    Grocery List based on servings for 2 w/ leftovers

  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small bulb ginger
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch bok choy
  • 1 package broccoli slaw
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 plum tomato  
    This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is a lot easier than it looks.
    This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is a lot easier than it looks.
    Photo by Brooke Viggiano

    Day 1 - Shrimp & Vegetable Stir-Fry

    Season shrimp with salt and crushed red pepper.

    Heat a wok or skillet over high-heat and coat lightly with canola or peanut oil. Add shrimp and cook until just pink and charred, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside. Stir in 1/2 sliced yellow onion, 1/2 cup chopped bok choy, 1/2 cup broccoli slaw, 1 julienned carrot, and 8 oz sliced mushrooms. Cook, tossing, until vegetables have softened.

    Whisk together 3 tbsp chicken broth, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp grated ginger, 1 clove minced garlic. Stir into vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Taste and season as needed.

    Serve hot topped with shrimp and Sriracha.

    Day 2 - Grilled Chicken & Squash w/ Garlic & Oil *Makes leftover Spaghetti Squash

    Prepare spaghetti squash: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a fork or skewer to pierce all around the squash to prevent it from bursting. Place the whole squash in a baking pan and bake for about 45 min to one hour. Let cool and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds, then use a fork to scrape out and separate the strands of "noodles." Note: You can also pop it in the microwave for about five to 10 minutes to reduce baking time. *Reserve half the squash for use in day 3.

    Slice chicken in half widthwise to form two pieces. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, 1/2 tsp Dijon, 1 clove minced garlic, salt and pepper.

    Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook, turning, until golden browned and cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side depending on the thickness.

    Meanwhile, heat olive oil and minced garlic in a large pan. Add 1 diced tomato and season with salt and crushed red pepper. Add spaghetti squash, gently tossing to coat.

    Slice chicken and serve over spaghetti squash. Top with parmesan.

    Day 3 - Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai *Uses leftover Spaghetti Squash

    Make Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai, using 1 chicken breast and the leftover spaghetti squash.

    Day 4 - Turkey Coma!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Day 5 - The Gobbler Sandwich

    The tradition is tried and true: the day-after leftover turkey sandwich. Pile on what you please, but our favorite is a crusty loaf of Italian or French bread filled with thick slices of roast turkey, gobs of stuffing, a dollop of cranberry sauce, and a boatload of gravy. Mashed potatoes have also been known to make an appearance.

    Check out other sandwich ideas here and here and look out for more later this week.

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