Feasting on Fowl and Foul Breath

Tis the season for celebrating and merry-making. With the holidays just around the corner, there will be times of feasting ahead, and also times when the overabundance of food and the overabundance of time in the company of others necessitates a bit of breath odor control. You know what I mean… too much time between brushing and not enough space between friends.

Here are some recipes for those holiday leftovers and a few breath saving instructions. Are you ready? Well, even if you aren’t, your family and friends may be! So here it goes.

Holiday Leftovers (for chicken or turkey meat)

Turkey Salad

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.

2 T. lemon juice

¾ c. mayo

1 T. Dijon mustard

1 t. salt

½ t. pepper

Add the remaining ingredients, diced or chopped.

2-3 celery ribs, diced

1 c. pecan, toasted and chopped

2-3 T. onion, finely chopped

2 c. halved grapes

4 c. (2lb.) diced, cooked turkey

Toss all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Great on bread or dinner rolls or served with crackers.


Creamy Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti

1 lb. cubed, cooked turkey

½ t. salt

¼ t. pepper

¼ t. garlic powder

3 jars pasta sauce (26 oz)

1 lb. spaghetti noodles

½ c. Parmesan cheese

4 oz. cream cheese

1 – 2 c. chicken broth

Pour one jar of pasta sauce into bottom of crock pot on high heat. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place noodles over sauce. Dump leftover turkey over noodles, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with cubes of cream cheese. Pour another jar of pasta over cream cheese.

Close lid and let cook on high for 3 hours. After 3 hours, give a good stir (will be thick) and add last jar of pasta sauce and 1-2 cups of chicken broth (more if you want a thinner sauce). Close lid and let cook another hour or until ready to serve. (Makes 10-12 servings)


And you can’t have spaghetti without garlic toast, right? So here it is!

Garlic Toast

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl.

5 T. butter (or palm oil) – softened

2 t. olive oil

3 cloves of garlic (or ½ t. garlic powder)

½ t. oregano

¼ t. salt

1/8 t. pepper

Spread on the top of 10 slices of bread or leftover dinner rolls, open faced. Put on a baking sheet. Broil for about 5 minutes. Delicious!


And now, the moment that you’ve been waiting for… the one that will take your breath away (at least, we hope it will!):

Breath Saving Instructions

Breath Freshener

In a bottle, mix:

2T vinegar, 1T sea salt, and 1c water.

Shake, gargle and rinse. Enjoy fresh breath!

This recipe, from the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of Mother Earth Living, should be used to ‘eliminate onion and garlic odors’. (Appropriate placement for this recipe, right?)

From the book Worst-Case Scenario, here are a few more ways to keep your breath from offending your party partners.

  • Chew gum or mints.

This will get your saliva flowing and will keep bad breath at bay for an hour or more. Chewing for more than a few minutes is not necessary.

  • Chew parsley, mint, or a cinnamon stick.

These are common garnishes. Parsley and fresh mint leaves are natural breath fresheners and a cinnamon stick, if chewed, will also clean your breath; do not use ground or powdered cinnamon.

  • Eat a salad or some fresh carrots.

Coarse foods can help clean the tongue, a major source of bad breath. So chew on some crunchy lettuce or carrots.

And of course, brushing, flossing and even tongue scrapping before bed is a big help, too. But then, you already knew that, didn’t you?


May your feasting on fowl this weekend be fabulous,

and your breath free of foul odor!


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