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Posted 11/24/2017

5 Fabulous Ways to Eat Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

5 Fabulous Ways to Eat Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is coming, and people throughout the country will consume over 700 million pounds of turkey! That's a lot of gobbling.

And while Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, everyone knows that the real feasting festivities start the day after – with all those leftovers. Here are a few turkey-inspired ideas to help you transform your leftovers into delicious meals.

1) Make a hearty homemade soup

There’s nothing better than a hearty soup on a cold day. This recipe will even make use of those leftover turkey bones for a comforting taste that will be perfect for fall weather.

2) Whip up a batch of enchiladas
Left with more cranberry sauce than you know what to do with? Combine that with turkey and tortillas for enchiladas with a Thanksgiving twist.

3) Turn your turkey into a quesadilla
These quesadillas are quick and easy – exactly what you need after cooking all that Thanksgiving food!

4) Toss it in a salad
If you plan on making “eat healthier” one of your New Year’s resolutions, why not get a head start? Using turkey in a salad like this one will not only use up leftovers, but also help you cut calories in a delicious way.

5) Freeze them for later
If you're not planning on using your leftovers right away, no problem. Portion out individual Thanksgiving meals into shallow microwave-safe containers and pop them in the freezer to use over the next week or two. Then the next time you have a craving for turkey and stuffing, all that's standing in your way are a few button presses and a couple of minutes.

For longer term storage here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Store and freeze turkey and other cooked dishes separately as the shelf life may vary. Cooked turkey will be good in the freezer for up to three months, while stuffing and pumpkin pie should be used within 1 to 2 months.
  • Dividing leftovers into smaller portions and storing them in shallow containers before freezing will make reheating quicker and more convenient.
  • Thanksgiving leftovers sometimes have a tendency to look all the same, so don't forget to label and date your containers before putting them in the freezer!

Who knew turkey could be used in so many different ways? But whatever you decide to do with your leftovers, we hope you eat well, stay safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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