Got Leftovers? 7 Recipes to Use Up Your Thanksgiving Feast

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Is your fridge filled with Thanksgiving leftovers? Give them new life with these seven simple, smart and satisfying recipes! From a savory soup to the perfect panini, these delicious ideas are the perfect way to use up the rest of your holiday feast. Plus, these Thanksgiving leftover recipes fit perfectly into your Nutrisystem weight loss plan!

Here are seven healthy and creative Thanksgiving leftover recipes:

1. Thanksgiving Leftover Soup >

Thanksgiving leftover soup recipes

Thanksgiving leftover soup is the perfect way to use up the rest of that holiday feast! This delicious soup recipe can be prepared on the stove top or in your Instant Pot. It features the Thanksgiving basics: Leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots and chicken broth. We also add in some onions, fresh herbs and spices for extra festive flavor.

2. Cranberry Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato >

stuffed sweet potato

If you have any extra baked sweet potatoes in your fridge, you have to try this Thanksgiving leftover recipe! They are the perfect vessel to stuff with your favorite holiday ingredients. This Cranberry Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato contains two of our favorites: Leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. We also add in some steamed spinach to help you get in your greens, as well as goat cheese for extra creaminess. Yum!

3. Thanksgiving Breakfast Cups >

breakfast cups

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for breakfast! These little breakfast cups feature leftover turkey and any type of potatoes that you have on hand. Whether your family enjoys mashed white potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes (or both!), you can use up any extras in this easy dish that features eggs, nonfat milk and pepper. They are the perfect grab-and-go meal!

4. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole >

thanksgiving leftover casserole recipes

Thanksgiving leftover casserole recipes are also a popular way to finish up your holiday feast. We know everyone has their own family favorites, so we made our healthy version extremely versatile. Of course, it features turkey but you can also choose between leftover roasted potatoes or cubed winter squash. Feel free to also throw in any leftover green veggies that you have, such as spinach, green beans or zucchini. Fresh cranberries add a tart sweetness, while dried thyme and rosemary provide the classic Thanksgiving flavors we all know and love.

5. 3-Ingredient Thanksgiving Stuffing Breakfast Cakes >

thanksgiving breakfast leftover recipes

You only need three ingredients to make these tasty breakfast cakes! If your family hasn’t finished up your Thanksgiving stuffing, you can use it to make breakfast the next morning. Simply combine it with an egg and some shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese. Form the mixture into patties and cook them in a pan on your stovetop until golden brown. Top each little stuffing cake with a cooked egg before serving.

6. Thanksgiving Leftover Panini >

thanksgiving leftover panini recipes

What’s better (and easier) then turning your leftovers into a sandwich! Our hot and hearty Thanksgiving Leftover Panini is so good, we wish we could enjoy it all year round. Grab a whole wheat sandwich thin and top it with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, Swiss cheese and some lettuce. Throw it onto a grill or panini press until the cheese is melted and you’ve got Thanksgiving dinner reimagined. It’s that easy! 

7. Turkey Cranberry Salad >

turkey cranberry salad

Finish up those leftovers with a light and healthy salad! Turkey and cranberries come together with nonfat plain Greek yogurt to make this creamy, dreamy salad. You can use your choice of dried cranberries or cranberry sauce. Season with pepper, grab a fork and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner number two!