Four Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Think about it – THANKSGIVING DINNER – the BEST time to do some BULK cooking! And leftovers are one easy and YUMMY way to eat for a few days after the BIG day. So, HOW are we using those leftovers? Here are FIVE recipes to inspire you!

Veggie Pasta 'Mac and Cheese':

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups left over carrots or sweet potatoes (it doesn’t matter if they are seasoned!)
    • 1 cup milk of choice
    • 1 sweet onion, diced
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • ½ cup chicken/ veggie broth
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • ½ tsp nutmeg
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 lb pasta, cooked (I like red lentil or brown rice pasta or a veggie noodle)
  • Instructions:
    • In a large dutch oven, saute onions in olive oil until translucent.
    • Lower heat to low and add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
    • While the onions and garlic cook, food process all veggies until chopped very small or pureed.
    • Add broth and veggies. Cook for 5-6 minutes together.
    • Add milk and whisk until incorporated.
    • Add nutmeg and pepper.
    • Add cheese and whisk until melted.
    • Add cooked pasta and toss together.
    • Serve warm topped with cheese.

Mediterranean Inspired Turkey Salad

  • Ingredients
    • 2 cups leftover turkey, chopped
    • 1 12oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup plain yogurt
    • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 bell pepper, small diced
    • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, small diced
    • ½ cup kalamata olives, chopped
    • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
    • ¼ cup chopped parsley, fresh
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
  • Instructions:
    • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
    • Enjoy cold.

Turkey Pot Pie

  • Ingredients
    • 2 cups turkey
    • ½ cup mashed potatoes
    • 1 cup milk of choice
    • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
    • ½ cup leftover stuffing
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • In a 8 inch baking dish or pie dish, add turkey and vegetables.
    • Wisk potatoes and milk together.
    • Add to dish and toss together.
    • Top with a layer of leftover stuffing.
    • Bake for 15 minutes until center is bubbling and stuffing is golden brown.
    • Enjoy warm.

Lemon Cranberry Dressing

  • Ingredients
    • 1 lemon, juice and zest
    • 1 orange, juice and zest
    • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
    • ½ cup water
    • ½ cup leftover cranberry sauce
    • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp pink salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Instructions
    • Add ingredients into a mason jar or bowl.
    • Shake or whisk.
    • Eat!

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