Making the Most of Holiday Leftovers

by Femi Cole - Date: 2006-11-08 - Word Count: 316 Share This!

Holiday time means turkey, and turkey usually means leftovers. Now you can jazz up roast turkey and watch it disappear.

The Reuben Tortilla offers another opportunity to savor the holiday leftovers. It's easy to make, and thanks to sauerkraut, it's healthy.

Sauerkraut - traditionally a staple of German cuisine - contains chemical compounds thought to prevent several cancers such as colon, lung, and breast cancer. A Michigan State University women's health study observed that Polish women accustomed to a lifelong Sauerkraut-heavy diet were 74 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than their American counterparts. The study was presented during the November 2005 American Association for Cancer Research's "Annual Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research" meeting.

Once the leftover turkey and Reuben Tortillas are gone, take advantage of sauerkraut's versatility and use it during your next holiday party as an ingredient in contemporary hors d'oeuvres such as Sauerkraut-Stuffed Mushroom Caps. Also, sauerkraut juice can be used to mix dirty martinis and Bloody Marys.

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4 8-inch whole wheat tortillas, softened ½ cup fat-free Thousand Island dressing 4 oz. cooked turkey (and/or pastrami or corned beef) 4 slices (¾ oz. each) Swiss cheese 1 cup well-drained Silver Floss/Krrrrisp Kraut(r) or Silver Floss(r) Sauerkraut

Spread each tortilla with 2 Tbsp. dressing. Top with 1 oz. turkey, 1 slice cheese, and ¼ cup sauerkraut. Fold opposite edges of tortilla over to cover filling. Roll up from one unfolded edge to the other, forming wrap sandwich. Microwave each 20 seconds to 30 seconds or serve at room temperature. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes Cook's Tip: Wrap these sandwiches in cooking parchment, foil, or plastic wrap for lunch on the go.

The author, Femi Cole, is a public relations specialist for Infusion Inc. in Green Bay, Wis. He can be reached by calling (920) 435-9800, Ext. 231, or e-mailing

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