I don’t know about you, but on the day after Thanksgiving, the last thing that I want to do is cook. And we’re all familiar with making too much food (not that I’m complaining).
by: Isabella Milkes
So, what ends up happening? You have a lot of thanksgiving leftovers for days and sometimes even more than a week!
I went ahead and did my research and most of the “transform your leftovers” recipes called for even more cooking. (I mean leftover pot pies – really?) Instead, I’m going to give you five simple ways you can use those Thanksgiving leftovers without the additional work.
1. Use your sauces as a topping
Leftover cranberry sauce works as a jam for your morning toast, as a topping on your oatmeal, layered in a breakfast parfait, or blended into a smoothie. Additionally, gravy can work as a topping on your avocado toast, breakfast tofu scramble, or as a spread on your Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. The options are endless.
Make this spiced cranberry sauce for your next holiday gathering!
2. Make a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich or wrap
Fill your sandwich or wrap with either cranberry sauce or gravy, your favorite greens, and leftover vegan turkey. Toast it on a skillet, serve with a side of leftover mashed potatoes or veggies, and call it a meal.
Don’t have time to make another batch of potatoes? Put it on the backburner with this slow-cooker garlic mashed potato recipe.
3. Mix it in with rice
Ok, so this revamp, requires a little cooking, but nothing that’s too hard to make. Simply cook your rice as you normally would and in the meantime, dice the vegan turkey and roasted vegetables into bite size pieces. Once your rice is ready, in a large pot or wok, heat up the faux meat and vegetables and add into your rice. Mix well, serve, and use your sauces as a topping.
I did this one year and it turned out delicious. I used leftover vegan turkey, leftover roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, and sweet potatoes, topped it wth some leftover roasted pumpkin, and accompanied with a fresh salad. Filling and flavorful!
Did you run out of gravy before you ran out of potatoes? Try this delicious mushroom and onion gravy you’ll be sure to love, even if you’re not vegan!
On the other hand, if you don’t feel want to go through the extra step of cooking, just add your ingredients in and enjoy them in a buddha bowl.
4. Meal prep for the week
Don’t feel like Thanksgiving leftovers the next day? No problem. Just portion your leftovers into sealable lunch containers and store in the fridge or freezer so it’s ready whenever you are.
5. Have the same meal the next day
This one may sound like a given, but one of the easiest and fastest way to use up all of your thanksgiving leftovers is to have the same meal for the next day. You can’t go wrong with this one!
Did you know that the reason why leftovers taste so much better is because proteins in the food continue to break down over time release amino acids that make the food taste more umami? That’s right, pass those leftovers please.
What is umami? Find out here along with a recipe for teriyaki glazed tofu steaks!
Don’t feel like you have to make over-the-top recipes, to use your leftovers. The simpler, the better.
How do you use your thanksgiving leftovers? Share with us in the comments!