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5 Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

After Thanksgiving, go-to leftovers are cold turkey sandwiches and turkey casserole. You don’t have to settle for these when you can shred, dice, and chop turkey into simple, healthy weeknight meals. If you’re looking for ideas on how to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into savory yet simple weeknight dishes, we’ve got five great recipes to try.

1. Sliders

Who needs a turkey sandwich when you can have a turkey burger? Swap the ground turkey in this Turkey Taco Slider recipe with finely shredded leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Top your slider with salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt, or sour cream for a fun mash-up.

Turkey Taco Sliders

2. Stuffed Peppers

Filled with cinnamon, cumin, red pepper flakes, and almonds, these Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers stand out as a surprising fall-favorite dinner on busy weeknights.

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

3. Breakfast Hash

This recipe uses up the leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. Perfect for a hearty breakfast or dinner, One-Pan Turkey Hash comes together is about 30 minutes and for $1.60 a serving.

One-Pan Turkey Hash

4. Tacos

Add chili powder, cumin, chipotle, tomato sauce, and black beans to shredded Thanksgiving turkey, and taco night just got tastier. The lean protein from the turkey plus whole wheat tortillas and mashed avocado give Chipotle Turkey Tacos added health boosts.

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

5. Pot Pies

Dice cooked turkey and add it to this Mini Pot Pie recipe. You can make six in the Mini Pie Pan Set. They make a perfectly sized meal portions that can be frozen and saved for easy weekday lunches.


What creative recipes do you use for your Thanksgiving leftovers? Tell us in the comments below.


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