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Thanksgiving Week 2014, Day 7: Healthy Thanksgiving leftover ideas

Welcome to day 7 – the final post of Thanksgiving Week!

For this special series I posted a new healthy Thanksgiving recipe every day for the past week.  The week flowed just like a menu, from starters and salads to side dishes and mains.

Now that Thanksgiving dinner’s over, it’s time for (arguably) the best part: leftovers!  What to do with all that turkey, stuffing and side dishes?

Thanksgiving-Week-2014-LeftoversThe classic Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich–turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce crammed between two slices of Dijon- and mayo-slathered bread–will never get old, but if you’re looking for something more interesting (and a little easier on the waistline), try one of these ideas:

  • Turkey avocado tacos >> Top corn tortillas with shredded turkey, salsa and avocado slices.
  • Root vegetable hash with eggs >> Cook chopped onion in a pan with oil; add leftover roasted root vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips) and cook, pressing down with a spatula, until browned.  Divide among plates and top with a fried egg and chopped green onions.
  • Turkey burritos >> Spread a whole grain tortilla with canned refried beans, sprinkle with shredded cheddar and top with leftover shredded turkey.  Roll up into a burrito and serve with salsa and light sour cream for dipping.
  • Easy turkey vegetable soup >> Bring your favourite canned vegetable soup to a simmer in a small pot.  Stir in turkey and heat until warmed through.

Thanksgiving leftovers

  • Potato pancakes  >> Shape cold mashed potatoes into patties and fry in a lightly oiled skillet until golden brown on each side and heated through.  Serve with light sour cream and chopped green onions.
  • Easy turkey chili >> Heat your favourite canned bean and vegetable chili in a small pot.  Stir in turkey and heat until warmed through.
  • Mixed vegetable frittata >> Heat leftover cooked vegetables in an oiled pan.  Pour beaten eggs overtop and cook, covered, until the eggs have set.
  • Mini Indian turkey pizzas >> Top mini naan flatbreads with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded turkey tossed with curry powder.  Broil until cheese is melted.  Serve with fresh cilantro leaves and sriracha.

I’ll be publishing the full Thanksgiving Week 2014 menu tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!

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