Thanksgiving Leftover Edition Featuring John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band – Cold Turkey

Author : Shap

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year ! With bellies full and credit cards getting maxed out I decided to do a feature with some ideas when you’ve got leftovers and tired of eating the same meal over and over again. 🙂 When I thought about music that would be perfect for Post Thanksgiving Food..I thought of none other than John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band’s song, Cold Turkey. Its what we all have in our fridges right now so lets jam out to some John and Yoko while making some new creations with our time honored Thanksgiving leftovers 🙂

Why not use the music that was a product of Lennon’s affections for Yoko Ono which eventually led to much of the discontent and issues for the Beatles. From the moment Lennon and Oko met, they were inseparable and he frequently brought her to the studio for collabos, feedback and suggestions which totally pissed off the rest of the band. The Beatles had a strict no wife or girlfriend policy in the studio which of course John and Yoko broke. One could already see this was the beginning of the end for the band 🙁


Although Lennon’s heroin use inspired him to record “Cold Turkey” soon after the sessions for the album Abbey Road concluded, I thought it was a perfect song for the hungover nature everyone is in after the big Thanksgiving Feast ! I came up with some energy packing recipes to get you up and ready for your defensive tackles when braving the Black Friday and Christmas shopping crowds that are absolutely insane. Sweet Minty Jesus get these crowds in order !

Cold Turkey Quinoa Salad


– 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
– 2 cups vegetable broth
– 1 large clove garlic, minced
– 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
– 1/2 cup dried cranberries
– 2 tsp canola oil
– 1 boneless, skinless turkey breast, chopped
– 4 green onions, sliced
– 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
– 2 tsp Dijon mustard
– 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper


1) In saucepan, combine quinoa, broth, garlic and thyme; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Uncover and stir in cranberries; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes

2) Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat and cook turkey and green onions for about 10 minutes or until browned and no longer pink inside. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, mustard and pepper.

3) Using fork, fluff quinoa into large bowl and stir in turkey mixture

Well Well Well Leftover Mashed Potato Cups with Parmesan Cheese and Chives


– 1 1/2 Cup Leftover Mashed Potatoes
– Nonstick Cooking Spray
-1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
– 12 eggs
– 2 chopped chives


1) Preheat oven to 400-450 degrees

2) Spray Muffin Tin with non stick cooking spray

3) Then press potatoes into cups leaving room for the egg and sprinkle with parmesan cheese

4) Drop in the egg and cook for 5 minutes.

5) Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Working Class Hero Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes


-Canola oil

-2 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes

-4 to 5 tablespoons cornstarch

-2 scallions, finely chopped, both green and white parts

-1/8 teaspoon sea salt

-1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1) Cover the bottom of a large skillet with canola oil and place over medium-high heat.

2) Place 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes in a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and make sure the mixture becomes heavy. If not, add another tablespoon of cornstarch.

3) Use an ice cream scoop and scoop out the mixture.Then gently flatten the ball into a thick pancake

4) Place the pancake into the hot skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until a golden crust forms, then flip once. Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until golden.

5) Serve with sour cream, ketchup, leftover cranberry sauce, or maple syrup.

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