Friday, November 21, 2014

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

After days of cooking in preparation for Thanksgiving, it seems like no matter how well we plan or how many years of experience we have, there are always leftovers.  I hate throwing out leftovers, but I very much enjoy having a recipe on hand that makes good use of leftovers.  After all, few of us really want the exact same meal several days in a roll, so having a recipe for a totally different meal is simply awesome.

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe 

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
Cheeseburger Soup Recipe by Mbgphoto

I want to start with a recipe that sounds delicious!  Not only will it make good use of our leftovers, but most of us don't need or even want a very heavy meal on the days immediately following Thanksgiving and soup is more than sufficient.   

This Cheeseburger Soup recipe by Mbgphoto is the perfect recipe for leftover turkey!   It gives us a great alternative meal for what is otherwise plain turkey.  I do love turkey, but after a day or two of eating it, I am ready for something different and Cheeseburger soup is most definitely different.

Curry in a Hurry

pieces of turkey

Susan Deppner offers another fast and easy recipe that uses the leftover turkey.  What I really love about this recipe is just how fast it is to prepare.  I looks like in less than 20 minutes, you could have a delicious meal without having to spend any more money for the meat. 

This also helps you make good use of that leftover apple from the fruit basket!  This recipe makes me doubly happy because it uses double the leftovers.


A Variety of Recipes for Leftover Turkey

For a real variety of salad and sandwich recipes for your leftover turkey, please visit  Turkey sandwiches are my husband's favorite creation to make with turkey leftovers.  I have no doubt he will find several suggestions in this group of recipes that he will want to try this year.

A Delicious Fruit Salad with Leftover Fruit

fruit salad
I have personally committed several times about how much I have having a fruit basket for the holidays.  It is so easy for guest to grab a healthy snack between meals if I have a fruit basket available.  However, I inevitably have a few pieces of fruit left over, which means it is time for me to make a fruit salad.

Tossing the leftover cut-up pieces of fruit in a bowl together is perfect for leftover fruit.


More Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you have a published recipe that would be great for Thanksgiving leftovers, we would love to have you share it with us.  Please leave the link to your recipe in the guestbook below.

Recommended by Our Readers!  (Thank you for sharing with us!)

Healthy Vegetable Soup with Cannellini Beans and Optional Chicken Sausage


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  1. Oh, yes, Thanksgiving feast always seem to come with plenty of leftovers. Great ideas for new recipes to try. Hmm, I think I'd better bookmark this page so I can find it after Thanksgiving when I'm trying to think of ways to use leftovers.

  2. Thanksgiving leftovers are certainly one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving feast. We enjoy eating all the leftovers for days afterwards. Thanks for including my cheeseburger soup recipe it is a favorite with my husband and can be made with most any type of meat. If fact, it is on our menu for supper tonight!

  3. Love the leftovers! Thanks so much for including my Curry in a Hurry recipe. It's definitely one of our favorites. Looking forward to checking out the other articles and recipes, too. Great idea for a post!

  4. Nearly everyone loves Thanksgiving leftovers, don't they? In our family we always make an extra roasting pan of stuffing so we can enjoy it during the following week (and it freezes well, too!). You've shared some great recipes here, Cynthia. I definitely plan to try Susan's Curry in a Hurry recipe. Quick and easy (a blessing after the craziness of the Thanksgiving meal prep!) and it sounds delicious!

  5. If you have a turkey carcass and want to make it into soup, you can use the broth to make my Healthy Vegetable Soup with Cannellini Beans even more flavorful.

  6. An Excellent suggestion! Thank you Margaret!


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