Thanksgiving Leftover Hacks

Thanksgiving Leftover Hacks

Tired of the same old turkey sandwiches but not quite sure what to do with all that delicious food you’ve got leftover from your Thanksgiving feast? You’re in luck. We’ve put together some of the best, easiest and most delicious food hacks to help you turn your boring leftovers into something amazing and totally crave-worthy. Here are a few things to put on your to-do list for when Turkey Day officially comes to a close.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Instead of lopping those tired old mashed potatoes onto your plate, why not whip up something a bit more creative (and a whole lot more tasty)? Mix a cup of mashed potatoes with 3 tablespoons of flour, 2/3 cup of shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons of chives, and one egg. Spoon out patty-sized portions, dredge them in flour and fry until golden brown. Watching your calories or carbs? Mashed cauliflower works just as well. It’s all the taste without the guilt.

Turkey Poblano Chili

Kick your leftover turkey up a notch with this awesome, easy recipe. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, add an onion and poblano pepper – both chopped, and cook until soft. Stir in a large can of tomatoes (with juice) along with 2 cans of kidney beans, 2 cups of water, 1 ¼ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Add 2 cups of shredded turkey and cook until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.

Sweet Potato Balls

This recipe is super-duper simple (which is great when you’re still trying to come out of that Thanksgiving dinner food coma), but it’ll taste like you slaved for hours. The original calls for fresh sweet potatoes, but if you’re anything like us, you’d much prefer to use canned sweet potatoes. They’re just as tasty and much less work to prepare. Mix cooked potato pieces with ¼ tablespoon of salt and a bag of shredded parmesan cheese. Scoop onto a baking tray and cook at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Voila!

Turkey & Veggie Lasagna

Throw tradition to the wind with this mouth-watering spin on an old favorite. Heat a tablespoon of butter and add 1 can of mushrooms, a small onion and a clove of garlic, cook until tender and set aside. In another saucepan, melt 3 more tablespoons of butter, whisk in 1/3 cup flour, 2 cups low fat milk and 1 can chicken broth. Cook until thickened. Boil 2 minutes and set aside. Spray 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray, pour ½ cup sauce in bottom and alternately layer 8 no-boil lasagna noodles, 1 package frozen chopped spinach, 2 cups leftover turkey, ¾ cup grated parmesan and 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese. Top with layer of cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving traditions even more knowing what delicious goodness awaits once that meal turns into leftovers. And, of course, don’t forget to incorporate plenty of sides and veggies to make your new meals nutritiously complete. With such a huge selection of canned, frozen and convenient steam-in-bag options, you’re sure to find the perfect complement to any leftover concoction you come up with.