My cardinal rule of leftovers: when in doubt, put an egg on it. I love to use leftover veggies as a hash—here I've got mashed potatoes and sauteed, shaved brussels sprouts. Just top them with a fried or poached egg and some fresh herbs. A whole new meal with very little work!
Or take that egg and pair it with Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles (yup, that's waffles made out of stuffing and THIS IS LIFE-CHANGING, PEOPLE!) for a post-holiday brunch.
You also can't go wrong with sandwiches made from leftovers. But when you want a turkey, cranberry, and stuffing sandwich, skip the unnecessary, extra sliced bread and use my Stuffing Waffles instead: behold the Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.
The Clever Carrot's Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla with Ham and Brie makes great use of the leftovers from both the holiday meal and the cheese course.
You all know I'm a sucker for anything avocado. So this Avocado Turkey Panini from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen is right up my alley.
Check out "The Gobbler" BBQ turkey sandwich from Ally's Kitchen:
Desserts are an unexpected but fun way to use holiday leftovers. Don't worry, I'm not proposing turkey milkshakes. But you can certainly spoon warm, leftover cranberry sauce over a bowl of vanilla ice cream or—for a healthier version—swirl some of it into plain Greek yogurt:
Or layer some of your leftovers into a simple parfait, as I did in my high-protein Greek Yogurt Cornbread Cranberry Trifle.
Or this sweet and savory Turkey 'n' Fruit Salad from Meal Planning Maven?
And, of course, one of the simplest and most delicious ways to use holiday leftovers is to make a big ol' pot of soup. All that delicious turkey makes for super hearty soups. And save those bones! I love to throw them and a few other ingredients into my slow cooker and make my Easy 24-hour Crockpot Turkey Broth.
Seriously, guys, there are so many fantastic soup recipes out there to choose from! Here are a bunch more for you to peruse—they all look wonderful:
Turkey, Quinoa, Kale Soup from The Kitchen Chopper
Lemon, Turkey, Rice Soup from Feed Your Soul
Homemade Turkey Soup from Homemade Food Junkie
Turkey Noodle Vegetable Soup from Moore or Less Cooking
Leftover Turkey Soup from Flavor 'N' Spice
Italian-Style Turkey Minestrone Soup from Cooking with Mary and Friends
Turkey Posole from Canning and Cooking at Home
What's your favorite way to use leftovers from a holiday meal?