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You had a plan for Black Friday. You scoured online deals, braved big box stores and filled your shopping cart with everything you need for the holidays — and maybe a few things that just couldn't be left behind. But now that your money-saving adrenaline rush has worn off, you're going to need something to fill your stomach and replenish your senses. Whether you prefer to keep things light with baked salmon, comforting with spaghetti and meatballs or efficient with Thanksgiving turkey soup, these meals will recharge your batteries so that you can enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.
Fuel Up With Baked Avocado and Eggs
Move over, avocado toast — there's a cool new breakfast on the menu. This baked egg and avocado masterpiece is full of the protein and healthy fats you need to recover from an early morning of shopping. You might even feel like heading out for round two when you're finished.
Make a Tasty Broth With Leftover Turkey Bones
Once the Thanksgiving feast is done, don't toss the leftover turkey bones in the trash. Use them to make a broth for this tasty turkey soup. Just wrap the carcass in tinfoil and refrigerate until you're ready to get back in the kitchen. This is one recipe you'll definitely be thankful for.
Forget About Your Aching Feet With Spaghetti and Meatballs
After a day spent dealing with pushy shoppers and endlessly long lines, the only thing you'll want is a big plate of indulgent goodness when you get home. This classic recipe for spaghetti and meatballs will make you forget all about your aching feet.
Repurpose Leftovers in a Whole New Way
Instead of being filled with fruit and topped with a sugary glaze, these pop tarts fall more on the savory side: each one is stuffed with cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes and then layered in gravy. You'll never look at leftovers the same way again.
Make Mama Proud With This Meatloaf Recipe
Whip up a meatloaf just like mom used to make with this classic recipe. Combine ground beef, onion, egg and breadcrumbs into the signature loaf shape, bake, and then top it with a tangy ketchup-based sauce. Reserve some sauce on the side though, because you're going to want to slather on more when this beauty comes out of the oven.
Eat Creamy Sweet Potato Soup With a Kick
You totally deserve something warm and comforting after getting up before dawn, and this sweet potato soup is the answer. Top your soup with chopped apples and bacon crumbles, or go sweet with a splash of maple syrup and cinnamon. It's the perfect pre-nap meal.
Lighten Up With Broiled Salmon
After that heavy (albeit delicious) Thanksgiving feast, it's nice to level the playing field with a light, healthy meal. Season fresh salmon filets and broil them for a quick 10 minutes — you'll get fish that's perfectly crispy on the outside but still juicy on the inside.
Reenergize With These Pumpkin Muffins
If you find yourself craving another sale and want to head out again in the afternoon, then grab a couple of these pumpkin muffins on your way out the door. They're hearty enough to power you through crowded stores, but light enough to make you hungry for dinner when you return home.
Make a Whole Roasted Chicken and Relax All Week
The last thing you want to do after cooking for Thanksgiving, and then shopping all day on Black Friday, is get back in the kitchen. But cooking just one more meal can set you up for success for the rest of the week. A whole roast chicken will give you plenty of meat for salads, soups and sandwiches so you can just relax for the next few days.
Say Hello to Your Family's New Favorite Meal
Anything that can be covered in cheese and still be considered healthy is a winner. Did we mention it can be ready in under 45 minutes? Quinoa, chicken, red sauce and cheese make this one casserole worth coming home for. This meal will top your family's wish list for regular dinners after the very first bite.
Ashley Tyler is a South Florida-based freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Nova Southeastern University. When she's not writing, she can be found chasing around her two year old son, cooking up a storm or tackling multiple DIY projects.