• vanessa gomez

FALL RECIPES: 3 WAYS TO USE THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

Updated: Jun 17


I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving yesterday, full of food🍰, laughs😂, and love.💕

I don't know what's better, thanksgiving day or, the fact that we have leftovers for what seems like a month afterwards. LOL!

now, I know we all have our go-to way on how to eat our leftovers but, let's be honest, sometimes it can get real old, real quick and then, instead of enjoying them, we're dreading it; just waiting for the day when we don't have anymore left.

so I decided to try something new this year and experiment with using thanksgiving leftovers in unique, yet simple and relatively quick, ways.

here are three that came out pretty yummy!

I made an option that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I tried to use not just the turkey, but some of the veggies that we can have left over too!

breakfast: turkey and sweet potato breakfast skillet

this works well if you had roasted sweet potatoes on the menu.

dice them up, if they're not already.

place a layer of them in either a small cast iron skillet (if using an oven; preheat at 350 degrees F) or on a regular plate (if using a microwave).

top the potatoes with a light layer of cheese of your choice (I used crumbled goat's cheese)

next, place a layer of leftover turkey.

the turkey can be in small pieces/chunks, or shredded up.

add another light layer of cheese.

from here, either place the skillet in the oven for just enough time to melt the cheese, and warm the turkey and potatoes (time may vary depending on how big of a portion you made, if it's a small individual serving, 5-7 minutes works, but it will be longer if you're feeding more people).

if you're using the microwave for a single dish, 1.5-2 minutes on high heat will get the job done.

top with a fried egg🍳 (or two 😊) and garnish with fresh avocado🥑 if you'd like.

serve and enjoy!

lunch: turkey and cranberry sauce grilled cheese

oh for the love of grilled cheese!🧀

let's upgrade the basic sandwich that we normally make with turkey leftovers and give it a sweet, melt-y twist!

start by heating the stove top to medium heat and butter your pan.

spread leftover cranberry sauce on your bread of choice (I used ezekiel bread, but a thicker bread may work best).

spread just enough to cover the bread like you would a peanut butter & jelly.

next top it with leftover turkey (shred it beforehand so it lays flat).

top with your cheese slice of choice (I used goat's milk dutch cheese from trader joe's)

cover the pan and allow the cheese to start to melt over the turkey and cranberry sauce.

once melted, remove from pan and repeat this process with another slice of bread.

bring the two sides of the sandwich together and place back in the pan.

press down on the sandwich with your spatula to melt the two sides together.

flip and repeat.

remove from pan, slice, and devour!

dinner: turkey and butternut squash black bean chili

nothin' like a bowl of warm chili on a cold night, am I right?

this recipe will probably take the longest out of the three but is still under 20 minutes.

warm olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add one minced garlic clove, one diced red onion and about 1/2 cup of diced white or yellow onion.

cook until soft and caramelized.

then add in one can of drained black beans and 8 oz of traditional marinara sauce.

let cook for about 3-5 minutes to soften the beans.

add in shredded leftover turkey (about 2 breasts worth) and 2-3 cups of leftover roasted butternut squash (dice it if it's not already).

mix all together and then add 8 more oz of marinara sauce and mix again.

bring the pan to low/medium heat and let cook for about 5 more minutes.

turn heat off and let stand for about 3-5 minutes to let thicken slightly.

serve and nomsssss!

your choice to top with cheese if you'd like!


I hope these dishes satisfy the leftover recipe boredom we can sometimes get.

thanks so much for reading and feel free to hit me up if you have any questions!💕







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