Thanksgiving Leftovers for the Win
Part of the pleasure of a Thanksgiving or other holiday meal is the aroma of a turkey baking in your oven. So what are you supposed to do with all of those leftovers if you're trying to avoid overeating several days in a row? Believe it or not, there are healthy ways to use up some of your leftover food from the holiday.
Thanksgiving food planning tips:
Take time to plan your meal - planning ahead can save time and be less stressful.
Simplify your menu – fewer thanksgiving dishes and desserts means less to prepare and less to clean up!
Make a shopping list - download our printable thanksgiving shopping list guide
Shop early - look for bargains on nonperishable foods
Make it a potluck – save time and have family and friends help with some of their favorite healthy side dishes
Prepare some foods in advance - appetizers and desserts can be prepared in advance, reducing your "to-do" list closer to the holiday
Reduce your “To Do” list – prioritize to create time for rest, fun, and being active
When planning your Thanksgiving Day meal also plan for the leftover meals!
Turkey Sandwiches with cranberry sauce and stuffing
Make turkey soup and include the leftover veggie
Puree leftover sweet potatoes and add some garbanzo beans, tahini paste/ oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and additional spices to make hummus
Leftover pumpkin pie filling
Crushed graham cracker
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Blend together and enjoy!
Mac and Cheese Bites:
Leftover mac and cheese
Splash of milk
Roll into balls and place on pan to cook.
Turkey and Swiss Panini
Leftover cranberry sauce
Put together the sandwich to your liking. Add whatever toppings you'd like. Toast in a press.