What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

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After all the cooking and cleaning of Thanksgiving is over, you likely will not want to cook anymore. Thanksgiving leftovers do not have to be complicated recipes. You just have to get creative! We have a few suggestions to get your Thanksgiving leftovers out of the fridge and recreated into new dishes.

Turkey Tacos recipe

Turkey Tacos with Butternut Squash Pico de Gallo

Sauté the squash, mix it with some pomegranate seeds, cilantro, shallot, garlic and lots of lime juice. It will be soft and sweet and nutty. Topped on turkey, in a tortilla with hot sauce makes for the perfect leftover turkey day situation.


Shepherd's Pie recipe

Leftover Turkey Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s a great way to repurpose all that turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. This turkey shepherd’s pie is a one-skillet dish that’s easy to make and guaranteed to be gobbled up.


Spiced Cranberry Sangria recipe

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

This recipe starts off with cranberries simmered in orange juice, water, ginger, sugar and a cinnamon stick. None of these flavors overwhelm the cranberry syrup—they just add hints.


Cranberry Smoothies recipe

Cranberry Smoothies

Leftover cranberries add a vitamin C and antioxidant boost to morning smoothies. Cranberries are one of the most antioxidant-packed berries around.


Avocado Burrito recipe

Turkey Avocado Burrito

Turkey is leaner than beet, so Thanksgiving leftovers make one heck of a breakfast with some strong coffee and extra avocado on the side.


Turkey Salad Roll-Up recipe

Turkey Salad Roll-Ups

Leftover roasted turkey is chopped and pulled and mixed with creamy mayonnaise and Dijon mustard then wrapped up in a whole-wheat wrap with a healthy smear of cranberry sauce.


Kabocha Pasta

Kabocha Turkey Pasta

This pasta dish is a quick weeknight meal, but it also makes for a great appetizer course at a fall dinner party


Veggie Quiche recipe

Vegetable Quiche

Quiche is a dish that’s a great way to clean up odds and ends in your veggie and deli drawers and makes for a delicious brunch.