Creative Recipes to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers


It’s finally here – Thanksgiving has arrived! Sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey align your table and emanate an aroma of sweet and savory; the laughter of family and friends travels through the air like a soft breeze.

Perhaps you’ll spend the day with loved ones, sharing memories, reminiscing about good times and the not-so-good times, but staying thankful all the same. Maybe you’ve decided to travel this year to spend time with loved ones far away. Perchance you’re taking this holiday as a day of solitary, cooking yourself a nice meal and reflecting on the year behind and the coming year ahead.

No matter how you spend today, chances are you’ll be chowing down on some absolutely delicious food – so delicious that you will settle into a tired stupor as soon as the meal is finished. Roasted squash, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, green beans dunked in a hint of butter, carrots glazed in maple syrup, and a turkey that was baked, basted, and spiced the whole day through have probably lined your table, devoured by the ones you love.

Apple pie, squash pie, chocolate treats, and pumpkin breads switch you from savory to sweet at a moment’s notice when the meal comes to a close, you’ve relayed your thanks for the year, and you have room in your stomach for just a few more bites.

All of this is part of what makes Thanksgiving so special: eating scrumptious food, spending time with the ones you love, and taking a few minutes to remember what you’re grateful for and what makes your life so special. When the day is over, however, chances are you’ll have some cleaning to do – including wrapping up some delicious leftovers.

Arguably the best extension of the holiday, Thanksgiving leftovers can provide you with a filling, wonderful meal for days after the festivities are over. Not only does whipping up these leftovers save you some money for the week, it also ensures no food is wasted. 40 percent of food today in America goes uneaten, much of which ends up in landfills and in turn creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

This year, get creative with your leftovers and put together a few inspired, yummy recipes to share with your loved ones! Forget the normal Thanksgiving turkey sandwich; from smoothies to biscuits, ideas for using up leftovers are absolutely endless!

Try out one of these recipes this week to extend the holiday and make the most of the food you adored.

  1. Roast Turkey Cobb Sandwich from Closet Cooking
  2. Mashed Potato Waffles from Simple Roots Wellness
  3. Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Foodie Crush
  4. Cranberry Orange Smoothie from Cotter Crunch
  5. Sweet Potato Biscuits from Home Cooking Memories

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