If you’ve been following Budget Bytes for a while, then I’m sure you know that we’re all about reducing food waste over here. And even though I love eating Thanksgiving leftovers in their original form, I tend to get a bit tired of them by the end of the next day. You’ll be surprised how many different ways you can use up leftover turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, or even extra vegetables from all of that Thanksgiving prep. So whether you’re looking for something truly unique like leftover stuffing muffins or something lighter like a crisp chicken (or turkey) salad, we’re sharing lots of recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers to help you switch things up after Turkey Day!😊
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Soup lovers get ready! One of the best ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers is by making this Turkey and Wild Rice Soup! Not only will you get to use up leftover turkey, but you can also use up any extra carrots or celery that’s hanging out in your fridge.😊
Leftover Stuffing Muffins
If you want a really fun and unique way to use up that leftover turkey and stuffing, then try these Leftover Stuffing Muffins. They’re like little egg bites made with leftover turkey, vegetables, and stuffing. Super tasty, super portable, and the perfect make-ahead breakfast!
Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap
Turkey sandwiches are a classic way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. Of course you can put whatever you want in your sandwich, but we made this fun & easy Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap with just 5 ingredients and it only takes 10 minutes!
Chicken Pot Pie
I don’t know about you, but I love me some Chicken Pot Pie! So why not replace the chicken in this recipe with your pre-cooked leftover turkey? It’s the ultimate comfort food this time of year!
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Turn this Tuna Noodle Casserole into a leftover turkey casserole with your cooked turkey, and you’ve got a super creamy, comforting, dinner meal!
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
If you love chicken pot pie then you’ve got to try this Chicken Pot Pie Soup! It’s cozy, hearty, comforting and the perfect way to use up those turkey leftovers!
Chicken and Biscuit Casserole
This Chicken and Biscuit Casserole is the perfect balance between a vegetable-heavy meal and an indulgent splurge. Just substitute the ground chicken in the recipe for your pre-cooked turkey and enjoy this cozy family dinner recipe.
Chicken Salad with Apples
Chicken salad is truly a classic recipe that’s perfect as a sandwich or in a wrap. Just swap the cooked chicken in this Chicken Salad with Apples with your leftover cooked turkey for a simple & easy lunch recipe!
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
You might not have any leftover mashed potatoes from the big day, but if you do then you’ve got to try this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie! It’s a warm and comforting recipe thats full of veggies and lots of deep, rich flavor.
Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls
Need a quick lunch or dinner recipe for the weekend and you’re tired of leftover turkey?? Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls for the WIN! It’s a simple concept, you can use your leftover mashed potatoes, and then pick and choose your favorite toppings!
Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad
Looking for something a little lighter after a big holiday meal? This Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad is another great way to use up leftover turkey. Just replace the chicken with your pre-cooked turkey and add in a few extra ingredients including almonds and the best homemade honey Dijon dressing!
Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas
If you plan on making our epic Spinach Artichoke Dip for your Thanksgiving gathering, then don’t throw those leftovers away…instead make these ahh-ma-zing Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas for lunch the next day!
Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner
If y’all love sheet pan meals as much as I do then this Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner will be a new fav! You can use your leftover cranberry sauce for this one for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner meal.
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad
You can easily replaced the chicken in this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad with your leftover turkey. It’s just six ingredients and the perfect lunch salad to eat on its own or inside a tortilla wrap.
Curry Chicken Salad
And if you love curry like we do then try our Curry Chicken Salad recipe and just replace the chicken with your pre-cooked turkey. So simple and so good!