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Tips for Repurposing Leftovers

Holidays usually mean leftovers, whether you hosted or not! You might have a full fridge once the guests leave, or the host might send you home with some containers to reduce their own leftover load. Leftovers are great, especially after a busy holiday when the last thing you want to do is spend more time working in the kitchen. Some people prefer to eat leftovers by making up another Thanksgiving plate, but here are some ideas if you feel like mixing it up!


Turkey (or any other poultry, meat or meat substitute)

  1. Sandwiches: Use turkey in place of deli meat in any of your favorite sandwiches, you can even add cranberry sauce for a fun twist!

  2. Pot pie: Using a premade pie crust, frozen peas and carrots and some cream of chicken

  3. Soup: To make a stock or broth, boil the turkey bones with carrot, onion, celery and any seasonings of your choice for a great soup base! You can add other vegetables and leftover turkey meat, as well as rice or noodles. 

Mashed potatoes

  1. Potato pancakes: Mold leftover potatoes into a disc and pan fry in some oil until crispy on both sides. Serve with eggs or even sour cream and applesauce, similar to a latke! 

  2. Shepherd’s Pie: Top a blend of ground meat of choice and frozen vegetables with your already made mashed potatoes for a quick and easy Shepherd’s pie!

Cranberry sauce

  1. Add to yogurt, oatmeal or even ice cream!

  2. Tastes great on a turkey sandwich

Roasted or chopped vegetables

  1. Soup: Add into warmed broth or blend up to make a creamy, vegetable soup

  2. Frittata: Mix with eggs, milk and seasonings (cheese optional) and bake to create a fiber filled and unique frittata! 

Pumpkin Puree

  1. Pumpkin soup: Pumpkin tastes great in a soup and adds a creamy texture. Blend with cream, herbs, and other vegetables for a delicious warm cup or bowl!

  2. Pumpkin pasta sauce: Pumpkin and a creamy base with herbs tastes great on pasta and adds fiber, nutrients and color!

  3. Pumpkin overnight oats: Take your favorite overnight oats recipe and add in the leftover canned pumpkin for added fiber and nutrients!

  4. Pumpkin chia pudding: Chia seed pudding is made by combining liquid ingredients with chia seeds overnight to create a pudding consistency. A blend of pumpkin puree, milk of your choice, sweetener and spices will create a pumpkin pie pudding flavor with added fiber from the chia seeds!


There are an abundance of recipes online to choose from using all of these leftover ingredients, but using up leftovers is a great time to get creative and use what you have on hand instead of trying to follow a recipe to the tee! Using up leftovers reduces food waste, saves time and can lead to the creation of some fun and creative new favorites!



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