There’s nothing quite like all of the mouth-watering dishes served on Thanksgiving. And what’s better than Thanksgiving leftovers?! Instead of simply heating up the same food you enjoyed during the festive day, why not try some new and delicious ways to use the leftovers?
Here are some quick and easy ideas to turn those leftovers into unique meals. You’ll never want to go back to just warming them up in the microwave. Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce — be prepared for amazement!
Leftover Thanksgiving Salad
Only six ingredients — yes, that’s all you need to make this festive salad. It’s a delightful combination of leftover turkey, ham, dried cranberries, a hard-cooked egg, fresh basil leaves and light mayonnaise. Not only is it delicious, but it’s ready to set on your table in only 20 minutes!
Day-After-Thanksgiving 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. The finished stir-fry is served on a bed of hot cooked rice and garnished with cashews. Yum!
Turkey and Vegetable Stew with Whole-Grain Biscuits
Transform your leftover turkey into a delicious and healthy turkey and vegetable 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 a little butter. Together 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 delicious 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. The waffle batter is made in a blender by combining the sweet potatoes, oats, almond milk and a few other ingredients. And once cooked, each short stack of these beauties is topped with an egg, sunny-side-up, 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? Requiring just a few simple ingredients — refrigerated pie crust, cranberry sauce, egg, powdered sugar and orange zest — they are sure to bring pleasure to your morning routine!
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. You then 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 with the tasty onion topping? 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 yummy recipe uses leftover sweet potato casserole and marshmallows! Simply combine a few dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt — with cold butter, leftover casserole and milk. Roll out the beautiful, 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 quick and simple ideas will help you enjoy your favorite holiday tastes in new and exciting ways. Who knew eating Thanksgiving leftovers could be so delicious!