Tired of Cooking? Throw Together This Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Tired of Cooking? Throw Together This Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

For some, Thanksgiving is undoubtably the most wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing, the weather is crisp, and you finally get a few days off to relax, reset, and eat a delicious meal with your loved ones. And afterward? It’s all about the leftovers, baby.

Instead of throwing away all that perfectly good excess food or letting it go bad, a Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole is the perfect way to combine all the delicious holiday flavors you love, while also freeing up some space in your fridge!

We took all the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal and combined them with a few extra healthy ingredients to make this leftover casserole. We’re not saying it’ll be better than your main meal… but it’ll be a close call.

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How to Make a Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

This layered Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole recipe takes about an hour to prep from start to finish. And the process to make it is almost too easy:

  • Spread your pre-made potatoes across a baking dish as a base.
  • Layer on your turkey, gravy, green beans, more turkey, and stuffing on top.
  • Finish by pouring some broth and gravy evenly over the entire dish, then bake it all for 35–40 minutes at 350°F.

You’ll want to remove the aluminum foil covering about halfway through baking so the top layer of stuffing gets all crispy, making every bite tender on the outside, chewy and delicious on the inside. And voilá! A hearty but healthy leftover turkey casserole blend of goodness to extend the holiday celebration.

The best part? You don’t have to worry that by extending your Thanksgiving feast, you’re also extending your waistline. One serving of this leftover turkey casserole only has 200 calories per serving and 7 grams of fat, and boasts 18 grams of protein.

We’re always thankful for a delicious meal we don’t have to compromise our diet goals for. And who knows? You might find you love this leftover turkey casserole so much, it becomes a mainstay for Thanksgivings to come. Happy feasting!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups pre-made mashed potatoes
  • 16 oz. cooked turkey breast, sliced or shredded divided use
  • ½ cup turkey gravy divided use
  • 2 cups

    Healthier Green Bean Casserole 

  • cups

    Vegan Stuffing

  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray 9 x 13-inch ovenproof baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Spread potatoes evenly on the bottom of the baking dish, layer 8 oz. sliced turkey on potatoes, and drizzle with ¼ cup of gravy.

  3. Layer the green beans on top of gravy followed by the remaining turkey and finally the stuffing.

  4. Pour the broth evenly over the casserole and then drizzle the remaining gravy
    to finish it off.

  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35–40 minutes, removing aluminum foil halfway through to allow stuffing to get crispy.

  6. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 397mg17%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blocks:

1 Fruit & Vegetable

½ Fat

½ Protein

½ Other Carbohydrate

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole - on plate

Photography by Meghan Hensley

Chelsea Frank

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.