Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

One of the most satisfying things about Thanksgiving – aside from, of course, the satisfaction of the feast and the post-meal nap – is waking up to a fridge full of delicious leftovers that are sure to last a week. But before you just throw a plate together and stick it in the microwave, why not try turning those leftovers into something new? At Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, our mission is to make healthy eating more fun and more delicious – so here are some great recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Dining table set for a Thanksgiving meal

Cranberry Turkey Salad

Want to feel good about yourself again after gorging on Thanksgiving day? We’ve got just the ticket. Try making a healthy salad from chopped Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and any other veggies you have laying around. Then, cut up some leftover turkey and add it into your bowl. Add a light vinaigrette dressing, top with cranberries, and dig in!

Next-Day Turkey Soup

Feeling like curling up with something hot and delicious to enjoy a cool fall day? Well, this soup is the perfect fireside companion. Plus, it’s devilishly simple! You can throw the entire carcass of the turkey into a Dutch oven with water to make the broth, adding some garlic, bay leaves, and thyme to taste. Bring it to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 40 minutes. Strain out your soup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids, then put the broth back in the Dutch oven. Add leftover turkey meat, green beans, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, or any other leftovers that sound tasty into the pot, cover, and cook over medium for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste, then enjoy!

Veggie Frittata

Here’s a great way to put your leftovers to use for next day breakfast. In a mixing bowl, beat 8 eggs, 1 cup of milk, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper until mixed. Add in a half cup of stuffing bread cubes and 2 cups of leftover vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, green beans, or anything else your heart desires. Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium, pour in your egg mixture, add grated cheese to taste, and cook for about 10 minutes. Broil it for another 3 minutes to finish the top, then slice and serve!


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