What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers

There are always tons of food stored in the fridge after Thanksgiving dinner: turkey (of course), stuffing, sweet potatoes, green veggies, apple sauce, cranberry chutney, etc.

And, I love to have leftovers the next day.  But after one meal, I’m not so sure about eating any more of the same flavors for several more days…

How to change the flavors of Thanksgiving leftovers?

That’s when I try to get creative with the rest of the food that wasn’t consumed on Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are 3 ideas that caught my eye this year, I hope that you find them inspiring:

1. Thanksgiving dinner pizza*

Thanksgiving dinner pizza

Thanksgiving dinner pizza with leftovers

I like this super-easy idea for the kids (and adults alike).

I am planning to use the leftovers I have plus a few other elements (such as cheese) on a regular pizza pie (either store-bought or home-made).   The original recipe is a bit fancy for my needs, but it’s also a good option.

If you’d like to leave the pizza to the kids and have something lighter, make a salad:

2. Turkey Cranberry Salad**

Turkey Salad with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers

Turkey Salad with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers

Another good idea for using leftovers while adding different flavors is to make a healthy salad.  I will keep the cranberry dressing light by using balsamic vinegar, and I may even use some toasted stuffing as the croutons.

But enough of sweetness, after a few days, I crave salty and spicy!

3. Chipotle Turkey Enchiladas***

Chipotle Turkey Enchiladas

Chipotle Turkey Enchiladas

This one is my absolute favorite; after a few days of cranberry chutney and sweet potatoes, I’m dying to have other flavors.  The smoky chipotle flavors and the fresh cilantro garnish are exactly what I need to cleanse my palate of too much sweetness.  Actually, I might make this recipe first.

I hope that you enjoy these Thanksgiving dinner leftover ideas.  Drop me a line and let me know if you tried any of them (and how you liked them!).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Turkey pizza from WeAreNotMartha

** Thanksgiving leftovers salad from MyRecipes

*** Chipotle turkey enchiladas recipe available at epicurious (image and alternate recipe from RecipeGirl)

2 Responses to “What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers”

  1. Steven Washer November 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    These look fabulous, Marina. A great way to pull out of the boring leftover routine!
    Many thanks!

    • Marina Brito November 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Thanks, Steve! It’s great to see you around here.

      Let me know what you did with your leftovers. :)

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