(Leftover) Turkey Pot Pie

If you still have some leftover turkey in the fridge, you’re in luck! This is a quick, easy recipe that will help you use it up, and–bonus–you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand!

Now, I’m cooking for one, so this recipe serves 2 generously, but you could easily double the recipe and serve your whole family. Make it work for you!

(Leftover) Turkey Potpie

Serves 2 generously

1 T. Smart Balance Light or other buttery spread (you could use butter as well)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 T. flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup turkey or chicken broth–OR leftover gravy
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
3/4 cup leftover turkey, diced or shredded
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 pre-made pie crust (or homemade if you are ambitious!)
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425.

Heat Smart Balance over medium heat until melted. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes until softened. Sprinkle flour over top and cook 1 minute or until flour is absorbed. Gently whisk in milk and broth, and whisk constantly for 3-5 minutes until bubbly and thickened. Add veggies, turkey, and poultry seasoning and reduce heat to low. Allow flavors to combine while you set up your crust.

In a small baking dish, lay out the pie crust. The dish should be small enough that you have quite a bit of crust going over the sides. I used the green one on the right:

Gently press the crust into the dish, and pour the turkey mixture into the middle. Carefully fold the crust over the top, sealing the edges. Cut a few slits in the top to allow the heat to escape, and bake 30-40 minutes.

Full disclosure: I did eat the whole thing. I do not recommend this. It is neither healthy nor necessary as this is very filling, but my stomach was all stretched out from all that Thanksgiving eating, so it felt like the right thing to do.

It may not be fantastically attractive, but I assure you, it is good.

What is your favorite thing to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, one of the premier law programs offered through Washington University in St. Louis that allows foreign attorneys to earn their LLM degree online. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.

Shop Your Closet

Fall is officially here: there’s a nip in the air, colored leaves are falling and pumpkin-flavored lattes are beckoning. With your shorts and sundresses tucked into the back of your closet, last year’s fall fashions are front and center. But are they still in style? Before you go donating last year’s honeysuckle-colored sweater to a good cause, consider first making yourself familiar with this year’s new trends in fall styling and see if some of your wardrobe is salvageable. The following are five things to look for in your closet that will allow you to keep up this season without buying all new attire:

1. High necklines

A major trend right now in both sweaters and dresses is high necklines. Avoid the traditional turtlenecks, and instead look for lines that end right at the collarbone. If you are looking at evening wear, lean towards gowns made of lighter fabrics like silk or satin; the high necks will create statuesque lines reminiscent of the Greeks.

2. Red

The Masaai tribe in Kenya is known for their obsession with the color red. They wear it in tartans, in solids, in stripes and in patterned bed sheet. This fall, think like a Masaai! Find your crimsons and rouges, and match them with contrasting patterns and accent colors. The bolder the choice, the bolder you’ll feel.

3. Fuzzy knit sweaters

That’s right, now is your chance to pull out those old sweaters you kept around for their warmth and comfort quotients. Pair them with a leather skirt or leggings and your favorite pair of boots — and don’t be afraid to belt it (more on that later).

4. Contrasting collars

Probably the most challenging look to pull from your wardrobe, it’s also the most simple: Wearing a collar that is a contrasting color to the rest of the shirt, or perhaps even a contrasting pattern, creates a bold look that stands out. Pairing a bright patterned collar over a subdued solid sweater vest might be all you have to do to pull this look off.

5. Belts on dresses and skirts

When it comes to belting a dress, I suggest erring on the side of skinny belts as thicker ones can break up a body and make it look bigger. This trend usually works best with fitted skirts or pencil skirts, and adds a more tailored look to a dress you might not normally take a second glance at.

As you can see, the major trends this fall are not as complicated as they might have been in the past—and the best part? All of these will transition easily into winter, too! With a few items from your own closet and some ingenuity, you too can dress to impress this season without breaking your budget.

Melissa Woodson is the community manager for Washington University in St. Louis’ @WashULaw, a top-tier Master of Law program in U.S. law, as well as a contributor to the LLM guide. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.

How to De-Stress Without Comfort Food


Submitted by Melissa Woodson

 

With the onset of autumn and the impending holidays that are often unfortunately associated with stress and unwanted weight gain, it is important to be proactive in recognizing not only stress triggers, but past patterns of behavior in response to these triggers. Many Americans turn to comfort food when it comes to de-stressing, and the variety treats that are available during the fall and winter holidays are comfort foods for many of us. With that in mind, here are five great tips for de-stressing without food this year:

 

1. Exercise

It cannot be emphasized enough: Exercise is hands-down the most effective way to deal with stress. You don’t need to go overboard. Don’t plan on running a marathon or setting a Guinness World Record in swimming. Fitting in at least 30 minutes a day of brisk walking or jogging will keep your body physically active and able to more successfully cope with stress.

 

2. Journal

It may seem silly, but beginning and ending each day with 10 minutes of free-association writing about your day will help. It allows you to start fresh in the morning by getting anything that might have crept into your subconscious overnight off your chest, and it will let you sleep well at night by relieving your mind of the day’s events before bed.

 

3. Get Outside

Make sure you get at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day. During the fall and winter months, sunlight is much less plentiful. Forcing yourself to get outside when the sun is up — even if it’s simply to sit on a park bench — will do wonders for your mood and stress levels.

 

4. Plan

Acknowledge and plan for stressful holiday moments with a self-care approach and reward system. If you know that big holiday dinners with extended family or shopping and spending money is stressful, allow yourself enough time to prepare mentally. Make sure you are taking care of yourself in the days preceding these moments, and reward yourself with some self-care when you make it through without turning to food. Treat yourself to some alone time, a movie or a trip to a spa or salon.

 

5. Talk

Lastly, do not overlook the positive benefits of therapy. Talking to an unbiased third party can relieve stress as well as provide you with very specific tools and support. There is no shame in seeing a therapist. These days, therapy is commonly used in dealing with the stress of everyday occurrences, and finding one before you are overwhelmed is a great way to be proactive with your self-care.

As difficult as it can be to break the habit of de-stressing with comfort food, the benefits of doing so are clear. By taking advantage of these five ways to deal with stress now, before the holidays are in full-swing, you’ll not only be taking care of yourself, but allowing for a positive holiday experience for you and all of your loved ones.

 

Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, aMaster of Laws offered through Washington University in St. Louis that is considered a premierLLM in US Law. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.