When you host holiday dinners, you have more than leftover turkey to deal with, and if you’re like me, you hate to waste cranberry sauce, vegetables, pie, and other festive food. Here are 29 ways to use up nearly everything you have in your fridge after entertaining.
• Stir into warm oatmeal that’s been microwaved with milk (milk for extra protein, calcium, and other minerals, and vitamins). Top with chopped walnuts or pecans.
• Add a tablespoon or two to fruit smoothies and eliminate sugar or other sweeteners.
• Combine with plain Greek yogurt and make a parfait with whole grain ready-to-eat cereal.
• Warm 2 tablespoons in the microwave for 10 seconds and put it on top of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
• Use in place of jelly in a peanut butter sandwich, and add to turkey sandwiches as a spread.
• Use instead of syrup on French toast, waffles, and pancakes.
• Top vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh cranberries.
• Prepare stuffing “pancakes” and top with a fried egg.
• Stir stuffing or dressing into turkey soup.
• Use as a topping on turkey pot pie.
• Make a vegetable strata from leftover bread, chopped vegetables, eggs, and cheese, or make quiche.
• Puree cooked broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots and add milk or cream to make soup. Mix butternut squash and sweet potato together for soup, and add coconut milk for a change.
• Add cooked sweet potato or beets to smoothies.
• Stir plain pumpkin or mashed or sweet potatoes into turkey soup for a thicker, more flavorful soup.
• Stuff a cooked baked sweet or white potato with 1/4 cup cooked diced turkey or 1/4 cup black beans, and top with cranberry sauce or salsa.
• Top turkey pot pie with mashed sweet or white potatoes instead of pastry crust.
• Smash (gently!) whole cooked small potatoes, roast in 400˚F oven for 10 minutes, and top with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and fresh chives.
• Chop cooked veggies and add to omelettes along with leftover cheese or make into a calzone.
• Puree cooked cauliflower and mix with milk or cream and grated Parmesan cheese to the desired consistency for a side dish.
• Prepare potato pancakes with white or sweet potatoes.
Bread and Rolls:
• Make French toast, pancakes or scones with leftover cream or eggnog.
• Make croutons from cornbread, rolls, or other leftover bread. Cut into large pieces and roast in oven.
• Prepare turkey pot pie with sweet potato, white potato, or stuffing for the topping.
• Make a white bean and turkey chili and include leftover vegetables.
• Prepare quick quesadillas using whole wheat tortillas, leftover cheese, and sliced turkey. Serve with cranberry sauce for dipping.
• Add chopped turkey to your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.
• Eggnog: Use eggnog in place of milk when you prepare French toast, vanilla cake mixes, pancakes, waffles, and bread pudding.
• Scoop pumpkin pie out of the crust and combine with plain fat-free Greek yogurt for a creamy pudding, or add some milk and make a smoothie.
• Freeze red wine in ice cube trays to use later in stews.
What’s your favorite way to use leftovers?