5 Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Meals

September 28, 2018 | By Louis Tully

Whether or not you watched your calories this time or you decided to give yourself a cheat day and overindulged this Thanksgiving, you can bet that there’s bound to be an overflow of leftovers that should last you well into next week.

Reinvent Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

It’d be a shame to let all that extra food go to waste, especially if you’re on a post-retirement budget that’s as tight as your post-turkey waistline! Here are 5 easy Thanksgiving leftover meals you could whip up to take for lunch with you to work or to make for an easy dinner.

Homemade Turkey Soup

Got a case of the winter cold? Have a little homemade turkey soup! You might need to grab some extra ingredients for this one, but it’s well worth it.

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 cups of sliced carrots
  • Half a cup of onion (chopped)
  • 5 cups of turkey broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • Half a tsp of marjoram
  • Half a tsp of pepper
  • 2 cups of leftover turkey (chopped or pulled)
  • 2 cups of wide egg noodles

Add butter, carrots, celery, and onion into a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Next, add all everything else (except noodles) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for about 12-15 minutes then add the noodles. Continue cooking 5-7 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich

Nothing says comfort food like an open-faced hot turkey sandwich. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs of leftover turkey meat (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of leftover turkey gravy
  • 2 thick slices of bread
  • butter

Spread some butter on one side of each bread slice and lay them down on a small baking sheet with butter side faced down. Add turkey on top and lightly pour the gravy over the turkey. Allow to heat in the toaster oven until the bread is slightly toasted.

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

An easy way to prep meals using your Thanksgiving leftovers is to make a casserole. Casseroles come in so many varieties. So much so that you could make a casserole from just about anything! Here’s what you’ll need to make your Thanksgiving inspired casserole.

  • 4 cups of turkey stuffing
  • 3 cups of chopped (or pulled) turkey
  • 14.5 oz of drained green beans
  • 10.5 oz of cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • 3/4 cup french fried onions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2.5-quart baking dish with cooking oil spray. Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with stuffing. Grab a bowl and mix together the turkey pieces, green beans, and the soup, and pour the mixture over the stuffing. Top with 3/4 cup of French fried onions and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Thanksgiving Egg Rolls

Why get Chinese take-out when you could use your Thanksgiving leftovers? Use this recipe to whip up something that’s truly special and oriental:

  • 6 eggroll wraps
  • 1 cup of leftover turkey (shredded)
  • 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of leftover cranberries
  • 1 cup of leftover stuffing
  • 1/3 cup of leftover gravy (for dipping)

Place an egg roll wraps on a clean surface and thinly spread the cranberries on top. Then, add one or two tablespoons each of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey. Now, fold up the bottom halves and tightly fold in the sides. Next, gently roll and use a couple of drops of water to seal. Add egg rolls into an oiled frying pan over medium heat and cook until golden on all sides. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.

Turkey Cranberry Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? One of the best things about pizza is all the creativity you can put into it. Here’s a recipe that’ll make your pizza night feel like Thanksgiving all over again!

  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup of leftover turkey (in cut pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 - 3 oz of goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 tbsp of rosemary leaves (stems removed)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment to mix flour and yogurt on low setting until dough comes together. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Roll out the dough to desired pie size. Pour a small amount of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.

Carefully place the dough in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to bubble up. Remove from heat and add the cranberry sauce, cheeses, turkey, and walnuts. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Sprinkle rosemary over the top and voila!

Make Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Work for You!

Use these recipes until all your Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. This will help save you and your family a ton of money just in time for the holidays. You may not need a title loan for a post-holiday recovery after all!

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