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20 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

These aren’t recipes so much as ideas for assembling new dishes from traditional Thanksgiving leftovers. If you don’t have the items in the recipes you can easily substitute another item. Use your imagination and you should be able to turn these twenty ideas into forty or fifty recipes.

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1. Thanksgiving Casserole

Place a layer of stuffing in an oiled casserole dish. Crack 2 to 4 eggs (depending on how big your casserole dish is) into a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until blended. Pour over stuffing. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread a layer of mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables over the stuffing.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with cranberry sauce, gravy, or pesto.

2. Mac n Cheese Stuffing Casserole

Place a layer of stuffing in an oiled casserole dish. Crack 2 to 4 eggs (depending on how big your casserole dish is) into a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until blended. Pour over stuffing. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread a layer of prepared macaroni and cheese over the stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with cranberry sauce, gravy or pesto.

3. Roasted Veggies & Cheese

Mix together in an oiled baking dish Alfredo sauce, cooked veggies such as green beans or mushrooms and your choice of shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degreese for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

4. Turkey Pasta

Mix together in a saucepan, Alfredo sauce, chopped or shredded turkey, cooked pasta. Heat over medium heat until hot.

5. Southwest Sloppy Joes

Mix together chopped or shredded turkey and canned chili. Heat in micowave or in a saucepan. Pour over toasted slices of corn bread.

6. Turkey Chili

Mix together chopped or shredded turkey and canned chili. Heat in microwave or saucepan. Pour into bowls. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

7. Turkey Cheese Wrap

Sprinkle shredded white cheese such as jack, gouda, provolone, or mozzarella onto a whole wheat tortilla. Heat in skillet until cheese is melted. Top with turkey. Drizzle with cranberry sauce or pesto. Roll and eat.

7. Veggie Cheese Wrap

Sprinkle shredded white cheese such as jack, gouda, provolone, or mozzarella onto a whole wheat tortilla. Heat in skillet until cheese is melted. Top with roasted veggies. Drizzle with cranberry sauce or pesto. Roll and eat.

8. Stuffing Sticks

Cook stuffing in a waffle iron until both sides are crispy. Cut into sticks. Dip in gravy or cranberry sauce.

9. Mashed Potato Pancake

Mix mashed potatoes, egg, shredded cheese. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop onto preheated oiled skillet over medium-high heat. When underside is browned, flip and cook until the other side is browned also.

10. Veggie Pancake

Mix mashed root veggies, egg, shredded cheese. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop onto preheated oiled skillet over medium-high heat. When underside is browned, flip and cook until the other side is browned also.

11. Veggie Waffle

Add mashed root veggies to pancake or waffle batter. These can be savory or sweet. Top with maple syrup, cranberry sauce, or gravy.

 12. Gravy Soup

Mix in a saucepan gravy, boxed or canned broth, chopped leftovers, everything from turkey to veggies. Heat until hot.

13. Stuffing Soup

Mix in a saucepan, stuffing and boxed or canned soup such as french onion, tomato, broth, mushroom, butternut squash, or potato. Heat until hot.

14. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Buzz in a blender pumpkin pie (minus the crust) and eggnog.

15. Cranberry Smoothie

Buzz in a blender cranberry sauce, eggnog, frozen or fresh berries.

16. Cranberry Apple Smoothie

Buzz in a blender cranberry sauce, apple pie (minus the crust), eggnog.

17. Eggnog Smoothie

Buzz in a blender eggnog, fresh or frozen fruit.

18. Trifle Mashup

Layer in a large glass bowl or individual cups: chunks of pumpkin pie, vanilla pudding or yogurt, chunks of apple pie, vanilla pudding or yogurt, chunks of pecan pie. Top with whipped cream or more pudding or yogurt.

19. Cranberry Yogurt

Mix cranberry sauce and vanilla or plain yogurt.

20. Apple Pie Yogurt

Mix chunks of apple pie and vanilla yogurt.

 

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