Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to year-round. Perhaps it’s the one time every year we get to spend time with our loved ones from near and far. Or is it the nostalgia of returning to our childhood home? Maybe it’s the delicious recipes that have been passed down for generations. This holiday of gratitude and togetherness is dear to many of us.
But what happens after the day is over and you’re stuck with a bounty of leftovers? You can only enjoy so many turkey sandwiches, after all. And your sweet children whom you were so thankful for yesterday are going to stage a coup if you make them reheat the same food for yet another meal.
Here are four great recipes to use up those leftovers in ways that are creative enough to keep even the most easily bored palates happy.
Mique of Thirty Handmade Days turns leftover turkey into a tasty pasta dish. This recipe becomes healthier when you use whole-grain pasta, reduced-fat cheese, and milk (instead of cream). And what kid doesn’t love pasta?
Mashed potatoes aren’t quite as tasty reheated, but The Kitchn has a solution for you! These puffs are a great next-day breakfast side dish. By using a harder cheese (like Parmesan) instead of a softer one, and by substituting plain yogurt for sour cream, you’ll cut back on fat.
Food & Wine’s Kay Chun adds leftover turkey to a salad of fennel, parsley, apple and croutons with a homemade dressing for a flavor that’s as fresh as it is complex.
Leftover cranberry sauce gets a sweet, tart, rich, crunchy, soft and chewy redo from Christine at Cook the Story. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, as well as calcium and potassium, so you can reach for these treats guilt-free.