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Healthy Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Food, food, and more appetizing food. You can never get enough of Thanksgiving food – unless you’re eating the same exact thing for the next 5 days.

Do yourself a favor and expand your creativity. Try something new.

Check out these seven savory bites that can be all yours with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Waldorf Salad

Salad anyone? How about a turkey Waldorf salad? It’s quick, simple, healthy, and delicious. Loaded with cranberries, apples, and spinach, this recipe features a lightweight mixture of ingredients that will leave you refreshed and ready for the holiday festivities.

Get the recipe from The Kitchen Girl.

Tasty Thanksgiving Tostados

Forget Taco Tuesdays for a week so that you can enjoy a tasty plate of Tostados made fresh from your Thanksgiving leftovers. This Mexican-inspired dish is made with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, green onions, and crumbled cotija cheese. Don’t be surprised if you’re ready for some Friday night salsa dancing after moving to this treat.

Get the recipe from My Recipes

Turkey Cranberry Brie Panini

The tasty blend of turkey and cranberry doesn’t have to be reserved for Thanksgiving. Every other day can be just as appetizing when you have the perfect panini at your disposal. Ideal for on the go satisfaction, this Turkey Cranberry Panini with a thinly sliced layer of Brie cheese will definitely will give your taste buds a change of pace. Move over boring Turkey sandwiches. Take one bite of this sandwich and you’ll wish Thanksgiving leftovers lasted for months.

Get the recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Pumpkin Chili

Combat the cold outside by brewing a bowl of delicious pumpkin chili while you’re inside. Those leftover sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree will come in handy. Just mix in your favorite Fall flavors, turkey, and cumin to get this meal started. It’s not only delicious but it’s healthy because the addition of cumin will give you more of the iron, magnesium, and antioxidants your body needs to fight disease and improve digestion.

Get the recipe from Chew Out Loud.


Are you wondering what you can do with your leftover stuffing? This after thanksgiving casserole is the perfect answer. Blend your favorite veggies with Turkey and stuffing to create this wholesome masterpiece. And you can’t forget to add coarsely chopped pecans to the casserole to load up on over 19 vitamins and minerals that will leave you with a healthy portion of fiber and antioxidants.

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Get the recipe from Taste of Home.


Your mom probably had to force you to eat your vegetables when you were a child but you’ll be the first one in the kitchen when you smell this dish. It’s pizza with a twist of Thanksgiving leftovers. This ultimate supreme pizza can be topped with the most vibrant veggies you have left in your refrigerator. Grab some whole grain bread and top it with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, and crumbled goat cheese.

Get the recipe from Jelly Toast Blog.

Vegan Wraps

Who wants to spend hours cooking a meal the day after Thanksgiving? If you’d rather spend more time with family, use your meal prep time wisely by making a vegan wrap with all the leftovers sitting in your refrigerator. In less than 30 minutes, you can have a row of tortillas stuffed with greens, wild rice, chicken, and cranberry sauce available for your tasting pleasure.

Get the recipe from This Savory Vegan.

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