Easy Things To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Nov 25, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Every Thanksgiving there are bound to be a ton of leftovers from your big family feast. Don’t let all that amazing food go to waste! There are creative ways you can use your leftovers to make delicious meals for the rest of the week. Let’s all be thankful for what we have, including delicious meals and good food.

Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Grab that bowl of leftover stuffing and plug in your waffle iron. Use the stuffing to make breakfast waffles, and you can include a dollop of cranberry sauce or use gravy as your syrup. If you’re a true waffle traditionalist, you can even use maple syrup. It can be a whole family breakfast with something for everyone.

Turkey Salad

If you’re looking for a healthier option, why not whip up a turkey salad? If you have any leftover veggies, dice them up and throw them in a salad with some leftover turkey. You can take it with you to work or munch on it for lunch at home throughout the week.

Turkey Soup

With the cooler weather, making soup is a must. Combine your vegetables from your dinner, use some leftover turkey, and make a big match of hearty (and healthy) turkey soup. You can keep it in the fridge, or freeze it to eat at your convenience.

Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing is one of those dishes that is pretty much great no matter how it’s prepared. So don’t let any stuffing go to waste! Transform your leftovers into a batch of stuffing muffins. Grab a recipe online, like this one from Pop Sugar, or make your own creation!

Turkey Sandwiches

This is definitely a tradition in my family. Use cold turkey from your fridge and whip up a holiday sandwich with cranberry sauce. If you’re really adventurous you can even attempt to make a double-decker sandwich, fill your creation with bacon or stuffing, or you could have a hot sandwich with warm gravy. Everything is good between two slices of bread.

Leftover Breakfast Casserole

Use your leftovers to make a delicious next-morning breakfast casserole. There are many recipes out there, like this one from Whitney Bond or this one from Teaspoon of Spice, it’s sure to be a hit with all of the relatives you have bunked up at your house for the night.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is great because you can use so many of your leftover ingredients in one simple dish. While shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with beef or lamb, it’s an adaptable recipe! Put what you want in the bottom, spread a layer of mashed potatoes on top, and bake. It really couldn’t be any easier, and it’s a delicious dish.

Thanksgiving Nachos

Yes, I said Thanksgiving Nachos. I’m a fan of any carb covered in cheese, but Thanksgiving nachos are next-level amazing. Line your dish with some tortilla chips, add some mashed potatoes, sprinkle some stuffing around, add some turkey, cover with cheese and bake. When it’s done, throw some dried cranberries on top (if desired) and enjoy!

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