8 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Gone are the guests leaving in their wake everlasting memories and mounds of leftover food!  Oh, well you know what they say… when life gives you leftovers, make some soup and frittata! Lets put those gobs of turkey, heaps of mashed potatoes and unused ingredients galore to good use with these 8 healthy recipes:

 

ENTREES & SIDES

Thanksgiving Leftover Salad | The Roasted Root
Cranberry sauce makes an amazing vinaigrette especially when served over crunchy kale, tender quinoa and roasted turkey. You can also sub-out the ingredients in the salad for any other leftovers you have lying around!

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 302; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 27mg; Sodium: 52mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 12g; Protein: 14g

Toasted Turkey and Brie Sandwich | Cooking Light
Lean mean turkey breast between sourdough English muffins is dressed up with Brie and arugula. Spread some cranberry sauce and you have a convenient Thanksgiving re-run on a bun! Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 83mg; Sodium: 686mg; Total Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 30g

Leftover Parmesan Potato Patties Skinnytaste
Give your mashed potatoes a crunchy personality with this recipe for parmesan potato patties. Leftover mashed potatoes are whipped with eggs, parmesan cheese and seasoned bread crumbs then baked to a golden perfection. Recipe makes 4 servings of 2 patties each. NOTE: nutrition information displayed uses Skinnytaste’s “Skinny Mashed Potatoes” and will varydepending on how your mashed potatoes were made.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 147; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 233mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 9g

Healthier Turkey Pot Pie | Sugar-Free Mom
Got extra turkey, potatoes, carrots, onions and other veggies on your hand? Check out this turkey pot pie recipe made healthier by eliminating the bottom crust and using a whole wheat top crust. The recipe is made with regular chicken broth so if you’re concerned with sodium use no- to low-sodium broth. Recipe makes 8 servings and nutrition info below is for regular chicken broth.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 1306mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 23g

Thanksgiving Leftover Frittata | Living Lifehouse
Get cracking with some tasty Thanksgiving leftover frittata–all you need are eggs! Frittatas are very versatile so you can incorporate any of your leftovers. This recipe calls for green beans, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, but you can sub-in your own leftovers. Spread some gorgonzola cheese and arugula on top and you have a winning remixed meal. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 251; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 187mg; Sodium: 645mg; Total Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 17g

 

SAVORY SOUPS

Wild Rice and Ham Chowder | Taste of Home
Wild rice and ham chowder is a comforting soup made with minimal prep work. Chopped ham, potatoes and carrots come together with wild rice in this creamy, savory dish. Recipe makes 11 servings and is on the high end with sodium because of the ham. We suggest soaking the ham in water prior to cooking if you want to reduce the sodium.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 266; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 51mg; Sodium: 1,035mg; Total Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 11g

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup | Kalyn’s Kitchen
Instead of tossing out the turkey carcass maximize on flavor by making your own turkey stock. Then, follow up with this recipe for leftover turkey and sweet potato soup. Hearty chunks of turkey and sweet potato swim in a spicy soup that is light in calories and heavy in flavor. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 242; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 27mg; Sodium: 450mg; Total Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 19g

Turkey with Sweet Potato Dumplings | Whole Foods
A new take on chicken and dumpling uses Thanksgiving leftovers to create a satisfying soup that is served with a flaky sweet potato dumpling. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 280; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 640mg; Total Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 21g

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4 Responses

  1. Hallo,

    Kann das Rezept so stimmen? 400 Gramm Linsen bei der geringen Flüssigkeitsmenge erscheint mir recht viel. Bei mir ergibt allein die Bolognese dadurch schon fast 900 kcal.
    LG

  2. Hallo Sandra,
    kann schon passen, pro Portion sollen es ja auch 725 kcal sein… leider ist das Öl zum anbraten nicht aufgeführt, 2 EL können schlagen aber auch zu Buche, je nach Löffel können das knapp 30 ml also ca 200-240 kcal sein…
    LG

  3. Toll es Rezept! Ich finde, auf die Nudeln kann man verzichten, alleine durch die Linsen, ist das Gericht recht üppig.

  4. 400g Linsen sind viel zu viel. Das reicht mir noch für die ganze Woche zum essen 😀 musste viel Wasser dazugeben und dann War der Geschmack leider weg.