Savory Leftover Recipes for the Days after Thanksgiving


As one of the most highly anticipated meals of the year, Thanksgiving dinner seems to arrive and depart sooner than we might like, but what if I told you that the goodness doesn’t have to stop there? Instead of throwing away food scraps, we can make the most out of our hard-earned dishes by turning them into little bits of leftover heaven, complete with healthy yet satisfying ingredients. To join in on the trend, HealingRadius put together a list of our favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes. Take a look below!


Sweet Potato Smoothie



1 cup sweet potato, cooked

1 cup banana

2 cups almond milk

4 ice cubes



  1. Blend the ingredients together and voilà!


Grilled Brie Cheese with Cranberry and Pear



1/2 cup cranberry sauce

4 slices sourdough bread

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces Brie cheese, sliced about 1/4-inch thick

1 large ripe pear, cored and sliced about 1/4-inch thick



  1. Warm a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Butter each slice of bread on one side. Lay two slices, butter side down, in the skillet. Carefully lay the pear slices evenly on both slices of bread in the skillet, cover with a single layer of Brie, then carefully spoon the cranberry sauce over the top of each one. Top with remaining slices of bread, butter side up.
  3. Let cook while pressing gently with the back of a spatula to help the ingredients meld together, flipping occasionally until sandwich is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  4. Slice each sandwich in half and serve!


Shredded Turkey Tacos



1 lb cooked turkey, shredded, no skin

1/2 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon chile powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup water

4-8 corn tortillas (depending on how much filling you like)

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/2 cup tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Salt to taste



  1. Combine the oil and chopped onion in a skillet and sauté for about 5 minutes or until cooked.
  2. In the same pan, add the shredded turkey, cumin, black pepper, and water to the onions. Add the rest of the spices and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the water evaporates. Remove from heat once done. Season with salt if needed.
  3. Place the cooked turkey onto the corn tortillas, topping each one with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, shredded cheese, and any other goodness you prefer.

See! It is possible to keep the party going with innovative recipes and delicious preparations like these. If you have any Thanksgiving leftover recipes, we’d love it if you would share them with us in the comment section below! As always, have a happy and healthy holiday.

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