Healthy Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes

November 27, 2017
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If you’re anything like us, you gorged in a Thanksgiving feast this past Thursday for Thanksgiving and still have a fridge full of leftovers to get rid of. While your first initial thought may be to throw everything out before you have another feast of unhealthy leftovers, stop right there because we’ve got a solution for you! For one, having the same meal over and over can be absolutely boring, plus we all know that having a pumpkin pie for breakfast isn’t exactly in your diet (don’t lie, we know you’ve done this the Friday after Thanksgiving before). We’re here to show you some delicious and healthy recipes using your Thanksgiving leftovers from the turkey to the cranberry sauce. So let’s dive right in!

Turkey Barley Soup

This meal is perfect for a brisk Fall afternoon and is full of all the hearty goodness that makes you feel warm, nourished, and healthy inside. Made with your leftover turkey, carrots, onions, and herbs, mix these up with some broth from the turkey carcass and you’re golden. Get the full recipe at The Food Charlatan.

Turkey Croissant Panini

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich for lunch? This croissant panini is sure to hit the spot with all of the delicious leftovers that everyone loves. Filled with turkey, cranberry sauce, brie cheese, and spinach, you’ll be biting into a warm, sweet and savory lunch in no time. Get the full recipe at Striped Spatula.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Still thinking about all the fat and calories? Well this recipe is from paleo, Whole30, and gluten free! With a little spin on a turkey sandwich, you’ll have a healthy and delicious sweet potato stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, and spinach. Lastly, it is drizzled with a cinnamon tahini sauce (or gravy if you’re feeling it). Get the full recipe at Eat The Gains.

Turkey Potato Cakes

If you’re anything like us, you can’t have your potatoes and turkey separate, they must be all together in one bite. Luckily, this recipe combines those Thanksgiving favorites into a delicious little potato cake that is seasoned with garlic and onion. To top it off, drizzle some leftover gravy or cranberry sauce right on top so that it’ll soak up all the delicious flavors into one. Your stomach will thank us later. Get the full recipe at Rock Recipes.

Sweet Potato Unstuffing

If you’re a fan of stuffing but don’t like the added calories from the bread, then look no further than this delicious and healthy UNstuffing recipe. This recipe is full of flavorful, colorful, and healthy ingredients that everyone will love. From celery and carrots to cranberries and pecans, this recipe will give you all the right flavors and textures that your heart desires. Get the full recipe at The Real Food Dietitians.

Turkey Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

If you have that leftover turkey and cranberry, you’re in luck with another great leftover meal. Mix those with a sweet apple, pecans, celery, and light mayo, and you’ll soon have a tasty lunch ready for you to share. Place it on some lettuce or throw it in a sandwich if you’re looking for a more hearty meal. Get the full recipe at Renee’s Kitchen Adventures.

Leftover Turkey Stir-Fry

In less than twenty minutes you can have yourself a turkey and vegetable medley that’s bursting with flavor as it is tossed with oils, sauce, and coconut aminos. Serve with greens, cauliflower rice, or plain white rice to make a full meal. Get the full recipe at Real Simple Good.

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