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13 Ways to Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

A lot of effort goes into Thanksgiving dinner, so take the next week to sit back and relax with these leftover-packed recipes that practically do the work for you!
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One Man's Scraps Are Another Man's Dinner!

Even though we all try to cut down on our waste, holiday gatherings are bound to end with some leftovers. Whether it's turkey, mashed potatoes, or pumpkin, here are some great ways to make use of your Thanksgiving excess. If you're feeling super lazy, you can even throw everything into a frittata and call it a day.

Curry in a Hurry

TOMATO-FREEFISH-FREE
Thanksgiving Leftover Curry Puffs
Omnivore's Cookbook

Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers of mashed potatoes and turkey into this classic Chinese dim sum dish. So easy!

Crazy for Croquettes

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN
Spinach and Mashed Potato Croquettes
Live Eat Learn

These Spinach and Mashed Potato Croquettes are a perfect and delicious way to use up your leftover mashed potatoes!

Hey Panini

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN
Harissa Avocado and Turkey Panini
Lemons and Basil

This Harissa Avocado and Turkey Panini is not your average panini, made with homemade bread slathered in Harissa and loaded with avocado, turkey, and Muenster cheese!

Make it Mediterranean

SUGAR-FREESOY-FREE
Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs with Tzatziki
Garlic & Zest

These are simple to make and since they can be made in advance, they are perfect for a party as meatballs or sliders.

Rise and Shine

SUGAR-FREEWINTER
Turkey Vegetable Breakfast Bake
Buy This Cook That

Drop the pastries, people. THIS breakfast recipe is real food. Wholesome, cheesy, and protein-packed, this Turkey Vegetable Breakfast Bake will quickly become a family favorite.

Raise the Bar

THANKSGIVINGENTERTAINING
Pumpkin Maple Pecan Bars
Olive and Artisan

These bars are pretty, flaky, and warm--perfect for your Thanksgiving guests!

Just Stew It

LOW-CARBPEANUT-FREE
Curried Pumpkin and Turkey Stew
Domesticate Me

This one-pot wonder requires maybe 10 minutes of hands-on time, zero skill, and minimal cleanup. Try it with roast chicken in place of the turkey on the reg.

Melt in Your Mouth

SUGAR-FREEEASY
Apple Turkey Melt
Fork vs Spoon

Simple and delicious. Apple, sliced turkey, a bit of cheese, grainy mustard, and some crusty bread. Staple items that, when thrown together, make for a quick dinner on the go.

Let's Salsa

GLUTEN-FREEWINTER
Savory Roasted Cranberry Salsa with Pomegranate
Live Eat Learn

This Savory Roasted Cranberry Salsa with Pomegranate is a zingy hybrid of cranberry sauce and salsa, served over a mound of cream cheese!

Say Yes to Gnocchi

SOY-FREECLASSIC
Pumpkin Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

Homemade gnocchi with an easy sage butter sauce that compliments all that sweet potato goodness.

Na-cho Typical Sloppy Joes

SOY-FREENUT-FREE
Easy Turkey Sloppy Joe Nachos
Climbing Grier Mountain

Add these Easy Turkey Sloppy Joe Nachos to your holiday menu spread. Crispy tortilla chips topped with a crumbly turkey sloppy joe mixture, peppers, and lots of cheese!

Cali Baby

HEALTHYSUGAR-FREE
Turkey, Avocado & Honey Mustard Cali Melt
The Devilish Kitchen

Multigrain bread spread with delicious honey mustard, then piled high with roasted turkey, avocado, and swiss cheese, and cooked until crispy!

Game of Scones

PESCATARIANSOY-FREE
Pumpkin Scones
Where Your Treasure Is

For that pumpkin time of year, these scones are great for breakfast, with tea or coffee, or paired with butter, honey, or apple butter.

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