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6 Creative Ways to Reinvent Christmas Leftovers

Even with a full house, holiday festivities are bound to leave some leftovers. Rather than eat the same thing for a week or let it go to waste, repurpose those classic Christmas dishes into new and improved meals!
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Post-Christmas Clean Out

It’s December 26th. The presents have been unwrapped, the stockings have been put away, and there are a bunch of leftovers in the fridge. Once the family is gone and the holidays are over, what do you do with the food? Here are six ways to finally clean out your fridge.

1. Go Ham

Finally finish that Christmas ham! But don’t eat another ham sandwich; instead use your holiday ham for a creative and healthy chowder.

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Crock Pot Parsnip Ham Chowder
Cotter Crunch

A Ham Chowder soup with parsnips and sweet potatoes! This crockpot paleo ham chowder is a wonderful way to use up your leftover holiday ham!

2. Ew, Vegetables!

Let’s be honest, the kids did not finish their brussels sprouts. Disguise them with this faux Caesar salad recipe.

SOY-FREEGRAIN-FREE
Brussels Sprout "Caesar" Salad
sproutworks

Shredded, fresh Brussels sprouts are tossed with a simple homemade dressing and shaved Parmesan cheese.

3. 'Shrooms

Use up your leftover ingredients. Sauté some mushrooms for this quick and easy Mushroom Soup.

GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-FREE
Mushroom Soup
Healthy-ish

This is a mushroom soup for hardcore mushroom lovers. No cream of anything is involved.

4. Got Stale Bread?

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Kale Salad with Garlic Croutons
Julie Yoon

Don’t toss it out just yet! Use your leftover dinner rolls and bread to make croutons for salad, like this Kale Salad with Garlic Croutons. When you take the time to massage your kale salad first, the leaves become soft and silky. It's a bright, healthy salad with crunchy garlic croutons. Win-win.

5. Sugar Rush

Too many candy canes leftover? Crush them up and use them in this dessert!

SOY-FREEPESCATARIAN
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies
The Sweet Chick

Most kids love candy canes and hot chocolate, so why not combine the two? The combination of flavors is oh-so-addictive!

6. Mash It Up!

You don’t always have leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, but they will probably make an appearance at this year’s holiday festivities. Don’t worry if you have more dishes left than you know what to do with. With a few extra ingredients, you can turn that leftover mash into this delicious Luscious Blue and Gold Soufflé.

BUDGET-FRIENDLYEASY
Luscious Blue and Gold Soufflé
Garlic & Zest

This dish is the perfect way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes. Here, they are mixed with blue cheese and topped with herbs and bread crumbs to make this Luscious Blue and Gold Soufflé that elevates any meal.

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