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Having enough food for Thanksgiving—or any family get-together for that matter— is something that my Italian-American family always worries about. If it so happened that we didn’t have enough food, it would be downright embarrassing, even a “sin.” Of course, that never happens and in fact, we always have way too much and plenty of leftovers.

If you too, have a refrigerator that’s filled to capacity after the holiday and you’re looking for ways to re-purpose all that turkey, cranberry sauce and the other fixings, here are 6 Thanksgiving leftover recipes to try.

1. Healthy Easy Turkey Pot Pie

With a crispy topping thanks to phyllo sheets, and a warm filling of turkey and vegetables, this Healthy Easy Turkey Pot Pie is one of the best Thanksgiving leftover recipes your kids will love. The best part? It takes only 15 minutes to pull together.

2. Cranberry Sauce Quickbread

I love cranberry sauce but there’s always so much leftover. And besides, how much of it can you really eat?

That’s why I love this recipe for Cranberry Sauce Quickbread. Gluten-free, nut-free and vegan, this bread is a great option for breakfast, brunch, school lunch or after-school snacks.

3. Easy Turkey Soup With Cabbage

If you’re looking for a way to transform leftover turkey into a healthy dinner, this Easy Turkey Soup With Cabbage is perfect. With a mix of herbs and spices, and packed with protein, this soup is a satisfying option to warm you up on cold nights.

4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

This Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich has the best of everything: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and if you’re so inclined, throw in some lettuce.

5. Copycat Panera Turkey Chili – Instant Pot Recipe

Panera Bread is known for their warm, savory soups and chilis and this Copycat Panera Turkey Chili – Instant Pot Recipe is the perfect way to enjoy it at home. With leftover turkey, simple ingredients and plenty of flavor, you can relax and do some online shopping on Black Friday because dinner will be ready in 15 minutes.

6. Leftover Turkey Dinner Tacos

If you’re looking for a non-sandwich idea for Thanksgiving leftovers, try these Leftover Turkey Dinner Tacos. Pick a hard or soft taco shell, pile in the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy and you have a quick and easy meal over the weekend.


What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.

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