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  • Writer's pictureTracey Sinibaldi

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!

Leftover Ideas:

  • 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

Pumpkin Milkshake:

  • Leftover pumpkin pie filling

  • Whole milk

  • Vanilla yogurt

  • Crushed graham cracker

  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend together and enjoy!

Mac and Cheese Bites:

  • Leftover mac and cheese

  • Extra cheese

  • Splash of milk

Roll into balls and place on pan to cook.

Turkey and Swiss Panini

  • Leftover turkey

  • Leftover cranberry sauce

  • Swiss cheese

  • Bread

Put together the sandwich to your liking. Add whatever toppings you'd like. Toast in a press.

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