Simple Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 27, 2017 , In: Wellness , With: No Comments

There’s nothing quite like the mouth-watering dishes served on Thanksgiving. But instead of heating up the same food you enjoyed during the festive day, why not try some new ways to use the Thanksgiving leftovers?

Here are some quick and easy ideas to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into unique meals. You’ll never want to go back to just warming them up in the microwave. Prepare yourself for amazement with leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce!

Leftover Thanksgiving Salad

Only six ingredients — yes, that’s all you need to make this festive salad. It’s a combination of leftover turkey, ham, dried cranberries, a hard-cooked egg, fresh basil leaves and light mayonnaise. It is delicious and ready to set on your table in only 20 minutes!

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Stir Fry

This stir-fry recipe uses leftover turkey and begins with sauteing fresh green beans with a chopped red onion. Next, a tasty mixture featuring cranberry sauce and soy sauce gives the dish an extra zing of flavor. Enjoy the stir-fry on a bed of hot rice and cashews. Yum!

Turkey and Vegetable Stew with Whole-Grain Biscuits

Transform your leftover turkey into a delicious and healthy stew. The main ingredients you’ll need are leftover turkey, onions, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, fresh herbs and chicken stock.

These whole-grain drop biscuits come together quickly with two kinds of flour, butter, buttermilk and thyme. Bake them for 25 minutes and serve with butter. As a result, these foods make a meal that is both nutritious and satisfying!

Turkey Cranberry Almond Wrap

For this recipe, large spinach tortillas are filled with a combination of leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, almonds, celery and mayonnaise. Not only are these ready to eat in 10 minutes, but they look festive and taste great! What a fresh and simple meal to enjoy the day after Thanksgiving!

Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

The leftover sweet potatoes used in these waffles give them a perfect autumn color. You make the waffle batter in a blender by combining sweet potatoes, oats, almond milk and a few other ingredients. Finally, each short stack of is topped with an egg, slices of avocado and sprinkles of crushed red pepper flakes!

Cranberry Breakfast Pastries

Craving something sweet to eat? How about these pastries made with leftover cranberry sauce? With just a few ingredients — pie crust, cranberry sauce, egg, powdered sugar and orange zest — they are sure to bring pleasure to your morning!

Potato Leek Soup

Need a tasty way to use those hard-to-warm-up leftover mashed potatoes? This potato leek soup uses only five ingredients — leftover mashed potatoes, a medium leek, butter, chicken broth and fresh thyme. Plus, it serves six and comes together in about 10 minutes! Who can resist a super-easy, warm and creamy potato soup in November?

Thanksgiving Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

The name fits this dish perfectly. Thanksgiving — in this case, leftover stuffing, leftover turkey, leftover gravy and dried cranberries — is stuffed in the halves of a baked spaghetti squash. Cover the heaping halves with foil and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. It’s simple, scrumptious and definitely not your run-of-the-mill recipe for using holiday leftovers!

Green Bean Quiche

Does your family love green bean casserole? Here’s a recipe for turning some of that leftover casserole into green bean quiche! In five minutes, you’ll have the ingredients mixed together — and after baking for 45 minutes, this lovely, piping-hot quiche will bring comfort to your table.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

This recipe uses leftover sweet potato casserole and marshmallows! Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt with cold butter, leftover casserole and milk. Roll out the pumpkin pie-colored dough on a lightly-floured surface and cut into two-inch rounds. And after they bake to a golden brown, you can enjoy their melt-in-your-mouth goodness with a little butter and honey!

From turkey stir fry to sweet potato waffles, these 10 simple ideas will help you enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers in new and exciting ways!


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