If you celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I hope it was filled with love, laughter and very little stress. And I hope you have plenty of leftovers! Leftovers are one of my favorite parts of the holidays because I always appreciate a night off cooking (even if cooking for 3.5 straight hours on Thanksgiving Day was the down-payment on that time off! lol). Plus, leftovers are an incredible source of inspiration for me! There’s something about finding unique and creative ways to make leftovers into something new that feels similar to finding money in my wallet; “Wow, look what I’ve got! This is great!”. Okay, maybe not everyone feels that way about reinventing leftovers, but I’m sure we can all agree that it’s still pretty great! And luckily for us, my blogging peers are pretty creative in this regard. The ideas below should provide us all with a bit inspiration for the turkey, side dishes or whatever else our traitorous families refused to help us finish (or take home with them!). I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving leftover traditions, too!
This traditional English dish from my friend Russ Crandall (with whom I’ve spent many a Thanksgiving!) is perfect for using up leftover mashed potatoes AND leftover roasted veggies! You can sub any mashed root veggie for potatoes! Serve it for dinner or as a hearty Black Friday Breakfast
My one-skillet egg recipe is an idea recipe to use up leftover meat and veggies for breakfast! Plus, it’s a great way to get back on track with some veggie nutrients early in your day!
Ok, this may not be your ideal breakfast, but I love sipping a cup of broth first thing in the morning. Plus, I love freezing broth to have on hand for recipes. Alternatively, you can freeze your turkey bones and save them to make broth at a later time!
Why not do the thing right with this epic creation from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo? It’s an incredible tower of sweet potato buns, turkey, cranberry sauce and veggies. This works with any leftovers you happen to have too! In fact, I’m making this for Lunch today!
Once you’ve made broth, you can throw veggies and turkey meat into a delicious and nourishing soup! Check out this fool-proof template from Real Everything to make your own delicious Thanksgiving soup!
The classic leftover poultry dish gets a Paleo makeover in this recipe from Ditch the Wheat. Try her chicken recipe with your leftover turkey! Yum!
Leftover Thanksgiving veggies? Throw them into this hot salad, which makes a perfect side dish to all your leftover turkey! I’ve made variations of this hot salad with all kinds of leafy greens, chopped leftover meat (like turkey!), bacon, and different nuts too!
I love this idea for a club sandwich using Paleo bread and a few simple, delicious toppings. If you made Paleo rolls and have some leftovers, this is even easier!