Turkey Taquitos- The Best Way To Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers!

If your family is anything like mine, there are lots of turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving. It isn’t like we didn’t eat a lot of it, as there is plenty of photographic evidence of over-stuffed tummies to prove otherwise. But I make a very large bird to ensure that we have plenty after our feast. This is a strategic move. If I didn’t make more turkey than necessary, how could we have turkey taquitos the day after Thanksgiving? That would be a travesty!

Easy and delicious way to finish your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

Turkey taquitos are probably tied for family favorite dinner with Yo Momma Romma Chicken and my easy Sausage, Potatoes, and Onion dinner. We have very diverse taste buds in my family. But while these dinners seem to have nothing in common, they actually share two important qualities- simple and quick.

Another plus for this dinner is that I usually use the dark meat that no one particularly wants on Thanksgiving. I shred it up and no one even notices. Waste not, want not, amirite?

Here is your quick, cheap, and simple solution to using those Thanskgiving turkey leftovers!

Ingredients:

Shredded turkey (dark or light meat)

Shredded cheese (I use mozzarella for mine because I love that mixture with turkey. However, I use Colby jack for everyone else.)

Corn tortillas

Vegetable oil

Salt

Desired toppings: lettuce, onions, sour cream, salsa, guacamole

Simple ingredients make these turkey taquitos an amazind dinner!
Shredding your own cheese is easy, and a great way to save money!

Procedure:

 

  • Reheat some of your turkey in an oven safe dish with a little of the broth to keep it from drying out, and add some extra flavor).
  • After heated through, pull turkey out and shred.
  • Coat the bottom of a nonstick pan with vegetable oil.

(I use a pan similar to this one. It can be very frus-

trating if you use the wrong pan! Trust me!)

  •   Heat pan at medium heat while you shred the cheese.
  • Check to make sure your corn tortillas are not stiff. If they are place about 5-7 tortillas in between a couple of paper towels, sprinkle some water on them, and microwave for about 10 seconds. You want the tortillas to be pliable but not tearing apart.
  • Lay the tortillas flat and place some turkey towards one end.
  • Sprinkle some cheese on top of the turkey. You may fill the tortilla as full as you would like, but remember you are going to be rolling them before you fry them.

    Turkey taquitos are an easy family pleasing dinner!
    Place the filling toward the edge of the corn tortilla.
  • Start at the end with the stuffing and roll the tortillas.
  • Place the tortillas in the hot grease very carefully, seam-side down. You should try to hold it for a moment to make sure the taquito does not unroll. You can use a spoon if you are nervous. (Tip- if they come unrolled you can just turn it into a taco. I had a few tacos last night.)
  • Only place three or four in the pan at a time to ensure even cooking.

    Turkey taquitos are great weeknight dinners!
    Huge tip- don’t overcrowd the pan!
  • Use two forks to flip the turkey taquitos after you notice the side in the oil is starting to get golden, about 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  • After all sides are golden, remove from pan and sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve with whichever sides you would like.

 

Extra tips-

If you do not have a lot of turkey left, sprinkle some corn, blackbeans, chopped onion and red pepper into the cheese and turkey mixture for some delicious southwestern style turkey taquitos!

Make a big batch and reheat for lunch or dinner the next day. You can nuke them in the microwave or heat them in the oven. My family has even been known to eat them cold for breakfast!

Let me know how they turn out!

 

 

 


Make Extra Money For The Holidays- No Matter Your Skills!

Extra money for the holidays even if you don't have any skills (that you know about)!

The holidays are coming, and if you are like me you may be starting to panic just a little bit. I start out each year with this big plan to save money each month and pick up little sales items throughout the year. Then November comes and I’m like, oops! If you can relate (surely I am not the only procrastinator around here!), here are some ways that you can make some extra money for those “last minute” presents.

Amazing ideas to make extra cash for the holidays!

For The Crafty Mommas…..

Oh, this is soooo the time that you start organizing and honing your craft! Plenty of people want to buy unique decorations, jewelry, or other crafts around the holidays (me!). Not only do people enjoy purchasing festive decorations for their own homes, but many like to gift one-of-a-kind items as well.

If you think you may be crafty, but are running dry on ideas check out my Pinterest board for Christmas decor. The majority of them are homemade because that is all that my budget allows for this year. All of them are super cute, but only a few of mine (hopefully, anyway) will not be Pinterest fails. A lot of people will pay to have homemade décor and gifts that are not, well, fails.

Places to sell your crafts include, but are not limited to:

  • Flea markets
  • Farmers markets
  • Facebook groups
  • Ebay
  • Etsy

Make extra money by creating homemade crafts!

For The Creative Mommas

If you enjoy writing, try freelancing or blogging. Now, let me go ahead and warn that typically it takes time to make money from writing and/or blogging. I have heard some of those wonderful stories where people start writing and their career takes off. But for most people, this is not the norm.

See if your local publications will accept submissions from freelancers, or search online for publications that pay for submissions. My first submission was accepted in less than a week! But then I froze up and have only pitched two other articles since (in two years).

As for blogging, you will need to think of how you want to monetize your blog. Do you have a service that you want to offer, such as web design or stock images? Or are you wanting to help people by sharing a part of yourself? I have a friend who strives to help women slay their goals so she created a Slay Your Goals Planner. She not only blogs inspirational content, but created a product to help others and make money!

Would you be interested in utilizing affiliate marketing to make money (that link to the planner- an affiliate link!)? Would you consider g ads on your page to earn you extra income, or are you completely against them? You have to consider if you want to self host (which I would recommend if you want to make money. I use Bluehost.), or if you are planning on using a free platform. Like I said before, blogging can take a long time before you see any money but I had to mention it just in case you could be one of those rock stars straight out of the gate. Plus, you can always start now in order to be prepared for next year!

Make extra money with freelance writing.

 

Another interesting way to make some extra money is to take old beat up furniture, give it new life, and then sell it for more than you have invested. Think Flea Market Flip on HGTV. You can either go out and buy used furniture from flea markets or garage sales, or you can look at furniture that you have that you may not want/need anymore.

For The Not Crafty, Not Creative, But Still In Need of Extra Money Mommas….

Think outside of the box. There are plenty of ways for you to make extra money for the holidays even if you don’t fit into the categories above.

  • Are you good at wrapping presents? People like me would gladly pay for someone to wrap gifts for me. Not only do I get aggravated trying to even get the stupid tape to stick to the stupid present instead of my stupid fingers, but it looks like my toddler did the work instead of an adult woman. I mean seriously, it’s bad.
  • Babysit for people while they Christmas shop. Sometimes it can be nearly impossible to find time to shop without your kids- especially if you are a busy momma with a large family. Figure out how much money you would be willing to pay for some quiet shopping time ( and maybe a latte all by yourself, if we are going to dream) and charge that price. Just check out your local laws regarding day care services- some states have strict guidelines. There are different places to advertise, as well. I belong to several supportive mom groups on Facebook that allow for advertising posts on certain days. Many of my local stores have bulletin boards for people to advertise on, as well. And, don’t forget your friends! Word of mouth is always a great idea!
  • If you enjoy working with kids, tutor. I know, right now you are wondering what tutoring has to do with the holidays. Well, a lot of school districts have the end of the semester right before winter break. High school students, especially, may need extra help to get their grades up in order to get credit.

Extra money is always helpful for the holidays. Have you ever thought of gift wrapping for others?

Why You Should Make Extra Money (Even If You Don’t Need It)

Now that Halloween is over, and the skulls and gravestone displays are being replaced by jolly fat men and designer trees, it is a good time to begin thinking of ways to make some cash for the holidays. Even if you don’t necessarily need extra money, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have some in your wallet after the holidays?

Think about what you could do with a surplus budget after the holidays!

  • You can actually do something for yourself! I know, sometimes that seems impossible for us mommas. Or maybe it is the last thing that you would even think of doing. My husband just recently reminded me that I have not purchased any new clothing for myself lately. I am so guilty of saying that I am going shopping for me and then get sucked into a good sale at one of my favorite children’s stores. If you don’t need anything new, try a new experience! Never been to a spa? Go! Wanted to try skydiving but never had a sitter? Splurge! Yes, there is a pretty big leap from getting a facial to leaping out of a plane. But think outside of the box!
  • Do something for you and your significant other. Hire a sitter and go dancing! Or try that new comedy club that you heard great things about! Perhaps you haven’t slept without a kiddo in between you in forever. Find a sitter and take a nap!
  • Throw it on some debt. Make an extra car payment. Pay off a credit card. You never know when you are going to be thanking yourself for being so resourceful. Check out my post on how to create a budget.
  • Save it! We don’t have a crystal ball, so we don’t know what is in store for us in the future. Having a cushion can really save you some sanity if something unfortunate was to happen.

Extra money during the holidays can be used on a little treat for yourself, too!

Are there any ways that you like to make extra money? Give us some ideas in the comments!