Our favorite part of Thanksgiving is the quality time spent with family and friends eating our favorite comfort foods. If you’re like us, certain foods just taste better this time of year. Maybe it’s the fact that our family members spend hours preparing it, infusing all the wisdom passed down to them for generations. Or, maybe it’s just being able to enjoy a delicious meal with people we love and care about. Either way, if you’re like us, you’re taking home leftovers to enjoy the next day or later in the week and we have a few fun ways you can turn these leftovers into a new dish so not a single bit of it goes to waste.
Cozy up to a warm bowl of stew filled with your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers like turkey, green beans, and butternut squash. It’s a quick way to enjoy leftover favorites, and you can easily add more vegetables to add more nutrition. Pro tip? Use any remaining gravy for a flavor boost.
Looking for a lighter, nutritious, no-cook meal that isn’t the typical turkey sandwich? Try a salad! Grab some greens and transform your leftovers into a delicious salad. Get creative and add toppings like roasted vegetables. Pro tip? Sauté leftover stuffing on the stove and voila! You’ll have crispy stuffing “croutons”.
Repurpose leftovers into an easy breakfast dish with this breakfast bake! Keep it classic with a turkey-green bean Shepherd’s pie or have some fun and make an omelet or quiche with leftover vegetables and/or meat from your Thanksgiving dinner. Pro tip? Use your leftover pie crust as the base for your Sheperd’s pie or quiche!
There are plenty of other ways to ensure your leftovers don’t go to waste like making broth or stock that you can freeze and use later. The goal is to cut down on food waste and save money on meals post-holiday by getting creative and having fun. So, tag us on social media and show us your Thanksgiving leftover creations!