Thanksgiving is a fun day filled with food, friends, and family plus a lot of time and sweat spent in the kitchen. Usually all this good food results in plenty of leftovers both for guests to take home and you to get crafty using in the kitchen. Since I sometimes lack inspiration when trying to use leftovers in new ways I have compiled a list of truly inspired Thanksgiving leftovers. If you need me, I’ll be on the couch kicking my feet up and enjoying a savory waffle (can’t go wrong with waffles!).




A savory breakfast is always a great way to round out the previous night of over eating and sweet pies. You can use up some leftover Brussels sprouts and roasted squash for this Tempeh Pumpkin Hash by Kara on the Foodie Dietitian Blog. Pumpkin is a versatile fall vegetable that handles itself so well in both savory and sweet dishes. Plus paired with the Brussels sprouts will get you off to a healthy start for your day (just in case you have some Black Friday shopping to do).




 If you are looking for how to use up the gallon size bags of stuffing leftover from Thanksgiving, might I suggest this Turkey Stuffing Waffle from Kristen on her blog 360 Family Nutrition.  I pretty much love waffles any time of year and am always intrigued by savory waffles. Stuffing is always a hard leftover to use up for me since it is not as versatile as leftover turkey. These waffles just may hit the spot and will give me something to share with guests the day after.




Ok, you really can’t go wrong with a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. It’s pretty much a classic go-to and for food reason. Sarah has a fun and easy recipe for making Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Cabbage and Carrot Slaw on her blog. Everyone loves a good sandwich and you really can’t go wrong with barbecue sauce (seriously!) so I highly recommend adding this recipe to your repertoire this weekend.




This recipe is so crafty; I love it! Lauren created an Apple Cheddar Quick Bread with mashed potatoes as a hidden ingredient on her blog Bite of Health Nutrition. Mashed potatoes. In bread. Genius! This bread looks like it’ll be the perfect base layer for leftover cranberry sauce and turkey for an open-faced sweet and savory sandwich. Definitely earmarked it for later.




Finally dessert, part 2. So Thanksgiving night is all about apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies so why not make a bright, light, sweet treat for the weekend. This Orange Cranberry Tart by Judy on her blog Live Best is a great way to enjoy dessert guilt-free. The tart features good-for-you things like walnuts and Greek yogurt and serves as the perfect base layer for any cranberry sauce you have laying around.


I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving and give some of these recipes a try. What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes?