One of the biggest cooking days is over and your refrigerator is now stuffed with leftovers from your family’s feast!  What to do, what to do?!  Well, you don’t want to waste it and throw it away and you sure don’t want to cook more so let’s get creative on some easy ways to re-use what you already have.  Sure you can always freeze it, but who wants Thanksgiving leftovers in January?  No one!  Come January, we will all be working to burn Thanksgiving goodness off!  So here are 5 ways to twist your leftovers into next week’s meals at home or on the road!


Many people think eggs and bacon at breakfast, but they forget that a slash of sweet can really brighten your morning. Next week, try a sweetened egg breakfast quesadilla/muffin. Scrambled up an egg or two and pop one-two slices of turkey bacon in the microwave. Toast a whole wheat English muffin or whole wheat tortilla and add cranberry sauce to your savory egg, turkey bacon breakfast sandwich. Sound weird? We eat eggs, toast and jelly, so a twist on an old favorite. 


Two staples of Thanksgiving are turkey and cranberry sauce. And typically, you have both left over after your feast, so get creative with lunch this week. Take slices of carved turkey and cranberry sauce and add slices of green apple, a slice of Cheddar or Swiss cheese and a little honey mustard on 100% whole grain/oat bread for a sweet and savory sandwich. Pack these ingredients and take them with and then you’re set for lunch! 


Broth-based soup with veggies and protein is a lean way to reuse Thanksgiving. Use vegetable or chicken broth and heat with leftover veggies and turkey for a way to warm up this week. If you have leftover cornbread or rolls, you could pair this with the soup for a little carbohydrate addition. This can also be a great thermos meal while driving. Just stop, heat it up and you are ready to roll with a healthy, warm meal on the go.


The goal at dinner is to get protein, carbohydrate and vegetables in, so why not make a Thanksgiving leftover layer bowl! So, if you are staying home this week, start your bowl with leftover mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes. Next, top with whatever vegetables you have left over: green beans, corn, roasted veggies, etc. Finally, crumble up your leftover turkey or ham on top. It’s a tasty way to use all of your leftovers in one dish!


Instead of throwing away pumpkin bread or pie, crumble up into a topping for a Greek yogurt snack this week as you head to work. Coupled with some chopped nuts and cinnamon, it’s a great snack with a hint of your favorite holiday sweet. Another option is to sprinkle it on your morning oatmeal or top whole grain waffles with vanilla Greek yogurt and pumpkin crumble for a protein, antioxidant beta-carotene kick!

Pack up those tasty Thanksgiving leftovers and get rolling with some healthy meals this week! Be safe and healthy!

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