Thanksgiving Leftovers :: 3 {simple} Recipes

Your belly is stuffed after a great turkey day with the family. And with all that shopping you may be doing, the last thing you want to do is plan another meal, right?  Instead of just having another plate of turkey dinner using those leftovers, I have a few ways to repurpose the food into something totally different and great!

I’m going to show you how to reuse turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. {Don’t worry – it’s not all in the same dish!}

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

First, turkey.

{It’s worth noting :: even if you don’t have leftover turkey, I recommend going to the grocery store RIGHT NOW and buying a turkey. They are as cheap as they are going to get for the entire year, and you can use turkey in a TON of dishes!}

turkey salad 2Turkey Salad

What you need ::

Turkey {dark and light pieces will do}

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup red grapes

2 boiled eggs {diced}

1/4 cup toasted pecans

1/4 cup low fat mayo

paprika {a few shakes}

salt and pepper to taste

Directions ::

Chop up about 2 cups of turkey. Mix in boiled eggs, celery, grapes, and mayo. {You could also use greek yogurt.} Add a few shakes of paprika and salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!


cranberry banana bread picCranberry Sauce Banana bread

{Okay, here’s the deal with banana bread. I make it all the time. These are the measurements below, but you can adjust this to what you have.}

What you need ::

3-4 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup applesauce {or butter}

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cranberry sauce

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

optional items I also included :: handful of chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed

Directions ::

Mash bananas and combine with the leftover cranberry sauce. Mix together sugars and applesauce to make a nice cream. Add in flour, baking soda, vanilla, and eggs.  Pour ingredients into a greased 9×5 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees, for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Yum!!!


IMG_9005Mashed Potato Pancakes

What you need ::

3 cups mashed potatoes

1 egg

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste


optional :: chives

Directions ::

Combine the potatoes, egg, cheese, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a pan. Shape the potatoes in pancake sized circles and place on the melted butter in the pan. This should take about 3 minutes to cook on each side. The outside should be crispy and buttery…great combo for a breakfast side dish or even to compliment your turkey salad sandwich!

Do you have creative ways to reuse leftovers? Send us your ideas too!

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Andrea is wife to her sweetheart Brandon and mom to Claire {Aug 2009} and Daisy {Sept 2012}…otherwise known as the “ABCD Crew.” After working as a full-time TV producer for more than a decade, Andrea now does freelance producing and content writing. Her favorites :: Jesus, running the greenbelts in Kingwood, smoothies, red wine, thrifting and 10 minute power naps. She would love to connect with you on her blog, on Pinterest {Andrea Slaydon}, or through Twitter {@AndreaSlaydon}.


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