Got Leftovers? Try These Creative Day-After-Thanksgiving Recipes

Rather than zapping Thanksgiving leftovers in the microwave, make scrumptiously creative day-after recipes instead.
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There always seems to be a random selection of leftovers the day after the big feast. Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to create scrumptious new dishes that will wow family and friends.

What do you do with leftover cranberry relish? Bake it into healthy muffins (pictured above), of course!

Eggs in Purgatory; Giada de Laurentiis

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Use leftover mashed potatoes for this delightful egg dish. Serve with a side salad and leftover cornbread.

Even the turkey carcass can be repurposed! Plus, the turkey bones contain good-for-you minerals like magnesium, calcium and zinc that become part of your yummy soup.



Photo by: Antonis Achilleos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Antonis Achilleos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

The quintessential day-after-Thanksgiving meal is a sandwich. Food Network Kitchen steps up the classic Thanksgiving-leftover sandwich by adding a touch of bacon, cheese and tomato.

Turkey Bolognese; Giada De Laurentiis

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Whip up this simple pasta dish using shredded leftover turkey. For a boost of fiber, make it with whole-grain pasta.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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