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Thanksgiving dinner and many more upcoming holiday meals are near, but that's no reason to fear gaining any weight before the new year!

According to Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust, dieters can utilize leftovers by using turkey in lean recipes.

The health experts suggest using ingredients found in your traditional meal to make great low fat and low carb meals, saying:

“Instead of stacking turkey on slices of white bread that only contribute to weight gain make a big pot of turkey vegetable stew that fuels your body to burn fat and stay satisfied at the same time.”

While it's okay to pig out on holidays, the authors also encourage you to stick to your dietary plan, despite all of the temptations you'll encounter throughout the next few weeks, explaining:

“Just because you were overeating on Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean you must gain weight over the holidays. Your goal of reducing body fat and toning muscle between now and New Year’s Day is still realistic. But have a plan. Remember that many people enjoy their Black Friday shopping sprees because they started planning where to shop weeks beforehand, and kept a list of different stores to hit if the first store didn’t have what they were looking for. Similarly, you can plan to stay in shape—or even better, improve your body and health so you show up at holiday parties looking extra-spectacular. One day of overeating doesn’t mean you stay down and out. Keep on with your goals!”

Amen to that! Check out the Griesel's recipe for turkey vegetable stew below, which sounds like a perfect way to recycle your leftovers!

TURKEY VEGETABLE STEW:

- 1¼ cups sliced carrot
- 1 cup sliced celery
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste, salt-free if possible
- 2 (10-ounce cans) low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15-ounce can) of whole Tomatoes (no-salt-added), undrained and chopped
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 ½ cups chopped cooked turkey breast (skinned before cooking and cooked without salt)
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen English peas, thawed
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach or okra, thawed

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Add next 3 ingredients, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Stir in turkey, peas, and spinach or okra; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Makes 9, 1-cup servings.

If you liked the Griesel's holiday tips, click here to learn more about their program!

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