10 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Whether you eat mindfully on Thanksgiving, or you overindulge, the next day you’ll likely still have enough food leftover to do it all again…and again.

Here are 10 delicious – and healthy! – ways to use everything from turkey and Brussels sprouts, to cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Why eat the same old turkey sandwich when you can treat yourself to leftovers that don’t taste like leftovers?

1. Turkey Ramen

You might not think that Thanksgiving food could transform into a nourishing bowl of ramen soup, but that’s exactly what this recipe does. Miso paste, soy sauce, and ginger give the broth impressively authentic flavor that tastes so good, you may want to sip it by itself! Get the recipe.

Turkey Ramen

2. Turkey Tostadas

Swap out your typical turkey sandwich for these crispy turkey tostadas. Tomatillo salsa wakes up leftover turkey breast, and makes it moist and delectable. Top with shredded lettuce, onion and Monterey jack cheese, and dig in!

Turkey Tostadas

3. Turkey and Stuffing Egg Cups

Make the most of the extra turkey and stuffing by using them to make these ingenious egg cups! Combined with eggs and veggies, these cups will make your busy, post-Thanksgiving mornings much easier, and they’re great for meal prep.

Turkey Muffin Egg Cups

4. Turkey Waldorf Salad

This refreshingly lean version of the classic Waldorf salad is made with crunchy apples, celery, walnuts sweet grapes, and turkey. Eat it atop a salad, serve in lettuce cups, or make an open-faced sandwich. Get the recipe.

Turkey Waldorf Salad

5. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Have leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes? This shepherd’s pie recipe will transform those tired taters, leftover turkey, and even some veggies, into comfort food at it’s very best. Get the recipe.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

6. Turkey and Brussels Sprouts Frittata

What should you do when you wake up the morning after Thanksgiving to a house full of guests and a fridge full of leftover veggies? This, for starters. We created the perfect post-Turkey Day frittata recipe with turkey and roasted Brussels sprouts, but you can use any leftover vegetables or sweet potatoes.

Turkey Frittata

7. Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich

Cranberry sauce is the magical ingredient that makes leftover turkey sandwiches sing. But this sandwich has even more going for it with creamy brie cheese that melts perfectly when it’s grilled. Get the recipe.

Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich

8. Pumpkin Chili

Leftover pumpkin or sweet potatoes are right at home in this belly-filling vegetarian chili that has only 96 calories per serving.

Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers, turkey leftovers

9. Turkey, Apple, and Sweet Potato Salad

With its crunchy pecans, apples, and sweet potato, this protein-rich salad is the perfect antidote to the heavy Thanksgiving dinner you probably downed the day before. Get the recipe.

Turkey, Apple, and Sweet Potato Salad

10. Turkey Tamale Pie

This tamale pie will make you forget you’re eating leftovers. Turkey gets new flavor in a richly spiced sauce with colorful veggies, and all of it is tucked under a cheese and jalapeño corn meal crust. Get the recipe.

Turkey Tamale Pie



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