10 Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Meals

By November 30, 2018Events, Holiday
10 Thanksgiving Leftover Meals

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving and all the delicious food that comes along with it? We know we do, and that’s why we’re always taking the time to look up meals that we can make with all those tasty Thanksgiving leftovers.

But hey, we get it, the holiday season can be a time of over-indulgence, and the idea of eating all your leftovers might leave you with quite the upset stomach, so that’s why today we’re going to be sharing 10 healthy Thanksgiving leftover meals that are both delicious and nutritious.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

1. Turkey Salad

 Turkey Salad

Image via A Sweet Pea Chef

Let’s start with an obvious candidate, shall we?

With all that leftover turkey, we highly recommend whipping up a delicious turkey salad. Not only will the turkey add some flavor to your salad, but it’ll also add some protein and keep you feeling full and energized all throughout the day.

Throw in some of your favorite veggies, toss on some nuts and seeds, and sprinkle on feta cheese, if you’re looking for some added texture and flavor.


2. Turkey Soup

Turkey SoupImage via Living Well

Need something to keep you warm during these cold months?

Why not try whipping up a turkey soup? It’s warm, comforting, and can easily be adapted depending on what you already have in your fridge. Give it a go.

3. Try Out a Turkey Casserole

Turkey CasseroleImage via Campbells

If you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make a casserole.

Toss in your extra veggies, throw in those discarded mashed potatoes, and of course, don’t forget the turkey. The casserole is the perfect option for getting rid of leftovers, while still keeping it healthy.

To make it extra healthy, use brown noodles, or skip them altogether and use extra veggies instead.

4. Roasted Potato and Green Bean Salad with Pesto

Roasted PotatoesRecipe and image via Shape

Oh yes, just the sound of this gem has us itching for some Thanksgiving leftovers.

Packed with fresh pesto, nutritious veggies, and beans to keep you full, this is a guilt-free, easy way to throw your leftovers together.

Give it a try.

5. Baked Eggs With Stuffing

Baked EggsImage and recipe via Shape

Who says leftovers only have to be for dinner?

If you’re in the mood to whip up something delicious for breakfast, and you want to use up some of those leftovers, give this recipe a try.

Simply make your eggs as normal, and warm up your stuffing for an alternative to toast and jam. Super easy and oh-so-yummy.

6. Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Glaze

Sweet Potato CasseroleImage via Cooking Light

Sticking with our breakfast theme, if you’re not much of an egg person, we highly recommend checking out this breakfast casserole.

Perfect for using up leftover sweet potato, not only will this recipe satisfy a sweet tooth it’s also packed with plenty of vitamins for a healthy breakfast option.

7. Cranberry Oatmeal

Cranberry OatmealImage via The Food Network

If you spent Thanksgiving in the kitchen, chances are you want something quick and easy to make with your leftovers, right?

We don’t blame you! And that’s why we’ve included this clever little addition to the list.

Simply swirl some of your leftover cranberry sauce into your oatmeal in the morning, and you’ll quickly have a much more interesting breakfast in front of you. Plus, you use up your cranberry sauce in a nutritious way.

8. Turkey Chili

Turkey ChiliImage via The Food Network

Who doesn’t love chili in the colder months? We know we do, and that’s why we always use up leftover turkey by making a turkey chili.

Not only is turkey generally regarded as a healthier alternative to beef, after Thanksgiving, if you have leftover veggies, you can also throw those into your chili. Because really, when it comes to serving up healthy options, we’re all about adding as many veggies as possible.

9. Turkey Cobb-Salad Sandwich

Turkey ChiliImage via Martha Stewart

If you’re wanting to be healthy, but you still love a good sandwich at lunchtime, give this option a try. You’ll get plenty of veggies and protein from all the deliciousness on the inside of the sandwich, and, if you want to make the sandwich healthier, simply use a brown bread.

10. Turkey Curry

Turkey CurryImage via Martha Stewart

If you’re someone who loves good flavor and spice, we’ve got a feeling you’ll fall head over heels in love with this option.

Packed full of cumin, ginger, and spicy chili flakes, don’t miss out on this tasty recipe.

So, how will you use your leftovers from Thanksgiving?

Sure, you can always just eat the same meal twice in a row, but if you’re someone who likes mixing it up and experimenting with flavor, we highly recommend giving some of these healthy options a try.

Your taste buds (and your waistline!) will thank you.

image courtesy of Simply Recipes

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