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Recipes to Help You Use Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Is your fridge bursting with leftovers after the big day? Here are some recipes that use up Thanksgiving leftovers that will bring new life to your table.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I adore the foods on Thanksgiving. I love them on the big day, but I love them even more as leftovers.

Growing up, my brother and I always looked forward to the day after Thanksgiving more than the actual day because of one thing: The Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich. Chock full of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy, these sandwiches were masterpieces. They were so huge, so messy, and SO delicious. My brother now lives on the others side of the country, but I still build one of those for myself each year.

Inevitably, though, there is more to be used up. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use up Thanksgiving leftovers and make dinners for the next night simple to plan and prepare!

To use up turkey, you could try

Ways to Enliven Plain Steamed RiceTurkey, Cranberry, and Wild Rice Salad is a Scramble favorite! So easy to prepare and full of flavor!


Chicken or Turkey Pot PieTurkey Pot Pie is the classic answer. If you’ve got leftover vegetables, this is a great place to use them up, too!

Creamy Chicken or Turkey Curry

Creamy Turkey Curry might be my personal favorite way to use up leftover turkey because it is so different from the classic Thanksgiving meal. It offers up a really nice change of pace with those warming and soothing Indian spices. Plus it’s also a great way to use up any leftover celery or other vegetables you might have lying around from making turkey stock or stuffing.

Got extra mashed potatoes?

Vegetarian Shepherd's PieThis Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie will hit the spot and is also great place to use up any other leftover vegetables you’ve got knocking around from the big meal!

Bonus idea: You could also add some leftover turkey into the Shepherd’s Pie, if you wanted to full maximize your use of leftovers.

Garlic Mashed Potato Soup

You could replace the potatoes needed to make this Garlic Mashed Potato Soup with actual mashed potatoes. Not only would it be super delicious and comforting, but using the leftovers will also save you time!

Need to plow through some spinach?

Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat CrepesWhy not replace the baby spinach with your already cooked spinach in these Spinach and Mushroom Crepes?

Greek Rice Bowl with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts

You could also go Mediterranean and enjoy these Greek Rice Bowls with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts.

Too Many Roasted Vegetables?

Roasted Vegetable Wtraps with Goat Cheese and Baby Spinach

These Roasted Vegetable Wraps with Baby Spinach and Goat Cheese are the perfect way to use up any roasted (or steamed or sauteed) vegetables you’ve got leftover.

Drowning in Cranberry Sauce?

Cranberry-Fig Sauce with GingerI actually always make extra cranberry sauce so that I can mix it into oatmeal, put it on granola, and use it in place of jelly in a PB&J.

Do you have favorite ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers? Please share them in the comments!

And if you are looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving dinner ideas or further inspiration for the holiday season, check out these past posts:

Creamy Baked RisottoVegetarian Main Dish for Thanksgiving: Baked Risotto with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms

sweet whole wheat cornbreadSweet Whole Wheat Cornbread

Sweet Potato Pie 2Sweet Potato Pie



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