You’ve done it! You pulled off Thanksgiving. Welcome to my favorite part of the holiday, what to do with all those beautiful leftovers. We repurpose everything from the turkey to the cranberry sauce in inventive ways such as soups, salads, and even egg rolls. Every recipe is dairy free, (of course.) All photos and recipes shared with permission from some very creative bloggers.
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Stop what you’re doing right now and put some cranberry sauce on a sandwich. It’s absolutely amazing. Use this Vegan Holiday Sandwich recipe to help you get started. It even has a savory herb dressing to drizzle on the sandwich…yum.
There’s an episode of the show “Friends” Where one of the characters loses his mind after his day after Thanksgiving sandwich is stolen. In my mind, this Epic Day After Holiday Sandwich is what he lost.
The clever cook at Low Carb Yum uses leftover green beans and turkey in this Leftover Turkey Stew in the Slow cooker. Plus, I think we can all agree that the slow cooker is a welcome friend after so much work at the stove.
This light, brothy Leftover Turkey soup is just what I need after eating (maybe) too much on the big day.
In Germany butternut squash and pumpkin were used in soups to bring delicious flavor and texture to stew. Use some of that leftover turkey (and maybe even extra butternut squash) in this Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew.
Treat your family to Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Chili. I can just imagine serving this after a walk in the cool, fresh air.
This Low-Carb Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles will fill your belly without the guilt that eating too many slices of pie brings.
As I sit here with a cold, I really wish someone would make me this Turkey Quinoa Pumpkin Soup with bone broth. It uses turkey and pumpkin in a warming, comforting soup.
Nothing makes me happier than finding this turkey wild rice soup, I never thought I’d find a dairy free recipe!
Turkey salads, egg rolls, and bakes
My One Pan Turkey Stuffing Bake comes together with 6 ingredients. If your favorite part of the meal is stuffing or you just love a good casserole, this one’s for you.
These Easy Leftover Turkey Egg Rolls just make me happy. I love when leftovers can become a new and creative recipe. And using cranberry sauce to dip ? Genius.
One of the easiest (and arguably best) ways to use leftover turkey is to substitute it where cooked chicken will do. This Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad does just that.
This Chinese Chicken Salad from What a girl looks like my next meal. I’ve always had a weakness for those tangy, sweet dressings with crunchy nuts. The dressing will also help those of you that don’t especially care for the taste of turkey.
This is the perfect recipe for that extra apple and sweet potato you didn’t end up needing after all. The tangy vinagrette for this Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Bowl sounds so refreshing.
Brussel Sprouts can be a beautiful addition to a salad, as shown with this cranberry pecan Brussels sprouts salad.
Give leftover vegetables new life in this layered veggie casserole. It works with virtually any roasted vegetables and give an Italian flavor that will probably be a welcome change after a few days of reheating leftovers!
Mashed potatoes are magical. Turn them into Ranch Potato Pancakes and your family might even think you’re magical.
This Roased Acorn Squash with Kale and Wild Rice Bowl is healthy and tasty thanks to a maple syrup vinagrette. The best part about bowls? One dish to clean.
Don’t throw away that leftover pumpkin! Use it in these unepexpected and fun Pumpkin Spice Onigiri Bento. They’re so pretty and wouldn’t they be fun to make with the family?
Make leftover cranberries a healthy start to your day with this walnut cranberry apple smoothie.
That should definitely give you some new ways with your leftovers. What’s your favorite way to repurpose them?