Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers Into Delicious Day-After Meals

Don't let good turkey, pumpkin, cranberries and sweet potatoes go to waste! Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into hearty meals your whole family will enjoy. 

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September 21, 2016

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Turkey White Bean and Kale Soup

Turn leftover turkey into a healthy, flavorful soup. This hearty bean soup is perfect for a cool fall night and is an easy and filling meal to whip up. Get the recipe.

Turkey + Brie Grilled Cheese

Crunchy, robust and deliciously gooey, this twist on a classic sandwich takes Thanksgiving leftovers to a craveable new level. Get the recipe.

Turkey Apple + Cranberry Salad

Sweet, tart, crunchy, and savory — this salad has all the bright flavors of fall packed into one healthy dish. The cranberry vinaigrette and stuffing crumble are a delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers and stretch out the flavors of the holiday just a little longer. Get the recipe.

Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Club

The classic club sandwich is heightened by substituting deli cuts with leftover roasted turkey. Continue the holiday theme with a bit of cranberry mayo for one delicious sandwich. Get the recipe.

Turkey Pot Pie Soup

All the goodness of pot pie in a hearty soup you can make with leftover turkey. Creamy, hearty and full of flavor, this tasty soup is crowd-pleasing comfort food at its best. Get the recipe.

Roasted Acorn Squash With Dirty Rice Pilaf

Both decorative and delish, acorn squash is one gourd that can go from Thanksgiving table decor to a post-Turkey Day main dish. Fill with savory rice pilaf for a hearty and healthy treat. Get the recipe

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Just because Thanksgiving has passed there's no need to abandon fall's favorite flavor. Our recipe makes it easy to give pancakes a pumpkin spice twist.  

Sweet-and-Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Spiced with cinnamon and paprika and baked in the oven, this irresistible finger food tastes like the season and is a great accompaniment to a leftover turkey sandwich or salad. But these aren't your ordinary spuds; the addition of a silky sweet brown-sugar dip has just the right amount of jalapeno to really bring the heat. Get the recipe.

Spicy Hazelnut Pumpkin Pasta

Warm and creamy, this fall-flavored pasta pairs savory pumpkin with fresh mint and hazelnuts for a savory spin on hearty comfort food. Get the recipe.

Savory Sweet Potato Souffle

Light and airy, sweet potato souffle is an elegant way to prepare the versatile spud. Although many fall recipes give sweet potatoes a dessert-worthy spin, this version adds savory flavors to complement the potato's natural sweetness for a winning companion to meat or poultry dishes. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Irish Soda Bread

Dehydrate leftover cranberries to add a sweet-yet-tart chewiness to crumbly Irish soda bread. These little nuggets of awesomeness are delicious with clotted cream and preserves for brunch or are equally tasty as an accompaniment to salads and soups. Get the recipe.

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

Don't toss that decorative pumpkin; instead turn it into an edible serving bowl filled with flavorful ingredients like Gruyere cheese, toasted French bread and crispy bacon. Baked till the pumpkin itself is soft, the gourd and its delicous filling can then be served in hearty slices. Get the recipe.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sure, potato chips are great but sweet potato chips take the salty snack to a whole new level of munchability. With double the fiber of a white potato and a good source of vitamins A, C and E, these spuds are a healthy option that taste great just toasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil and salt. Get the recipe.

Mason Jar Pumpkin S'mores

Turn leftover pumpkin into a portable sweet treat by layering it with rich chocolate sauce, graham cracker crumbs and light-as-air marshmallow fluff. Get the recipe.

Morning-After Pumpkin Pancakes

All-star designer Vern Yip shares his recipe for turning leftover pumpkin and kid-pleasing chocolate chips into fall-flavored pancakes. Get the recipe.

Pickled Cranberries

A frequent fixture on Thanksgiving tables, cranberries are often one of those leftovers that leave you scratching your head for ways to use them up. So, what do you do when life gives you cranberries? Pickle them, of course! Our recipe will turn those leftover berries into a tasty accompaniment to ham or poultry for many weeks to come.

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

Overindulged on Turkey Day? Full of butternut squash, acorn squash, parsnips, turnips and yams, this roasted root vegetable salad is a light and hearty day-after dinner. Get the recipe.

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