Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is full of relaxation, shopping, and lots and lots of leftovers! My fridge is filled to the brim with leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, all that good stuff. Does anyone else plan how much food they are going to cook to make sure there are plenty of leftovers to go around?

Lunch the day after Thanksgiving was always my favorite! I would make a big open faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, and whatever else looked like it would be tasty on there.

Now that I eat healthier I don’t make sandwiches like that anymore, but I still love those leftovers! Here are some of my favorite ways to make a yummy leftover meal without feeling like I need to take a nap after I’ve finished eating.

Turkey Salad

This recipe is perfect for all of those little pieces of turkey that are always left. Traditionally I would make these into a soup, but this is a fun alternative.  

I tossed the turkey with plain, non-fat greek yogurt. You can’t really go wrong with how much you add here – I just start with a spoonful of yogurt and add more until I get to the consistency I like. Then, because I already had this made for a side dish,  I mixed in brussel sprouts and pomegranate seeds, but you can add celery, carrots, or whatever other crunchy add-ins you like in your chicken salad. I like this over a bed of spinach, but you can eat it on a whole wheat pita or wrap, or even just by itself with a fork.

Stuffed Sweet Potato

Another great way to eat those leftovers without going overboard is to stuff them into a baked sweet potato.

This is 100% customizable with whatever leftovers you have in the house! I stuffed this baked sweet potato with turkey, cranberry sauce, and some spinach, but you can add a little stuffing, gravy, green beans, brussel sprouts – go ahead and have fun with it!

Baked Egg Stuffing Cups

Who says Thanksgiving leftovers are only for lunch or dinner? These cups are great anytime of day. I’m not a big stuffing eater, but my husband is, so I made these with him in mind.

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a muffin tin (I used a coconut oil spray) and press the stuffing into the bottom and up the sides. Then crack an egg into the stuffing cup and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Let cool a few minutes, then use a butter knife to loosen the edges and pop out the egg cup.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?


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