Holiday Leftovers: a Recipe Roundup

By the third day after Thanksgiving, everyone is sick of turkey sandwiches. With more holidays in front of us, we need some fresh ideas on what to do with our leftover holiday food. We’ve scoured the latest recipes to bring you this roundup of the most delicious things to do with that turkey and fixings.

Need some inspiration for those holiday leftovers?

  1. Lighten Up: A twist on traditional tacos, this healthy recipe for turkey tacos uses iceberg lettuce leaves instead of tortillas as a wrap for turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a savory black bean salsa. Finish with red onion and cilantro for brightness, and you’ve got the perfect recipe to eat turkey without the food coma.
  2. Take Stock: Do not throw out that turkey carcass! Throw it into a pot with some carrots, celery, and onion. Pour water and/or chicken broth over the bones and vegetables and let simmer for at least four hours (eight is preferable). Strain the bones from the top, and you’ve got a rich, healthy stock that you can use for soups and sauces or freeze for future use.
  3. Greek System: You know that turkey stock you just made? Use it to make this delicious Avgolemono: a creamy Greek soup with turkey, lemon, and rice. It’s light, too; the creaminess comes from eggs, not cream. It’s easy to make, and much more elegant than regular turkey noodle soup.
  4. Spice It Up: You can use that same rich turkey stock to make another light and flavorful soup: Turkey Caldo Tlalpeño, named for the area near Mexico City. This recipe includes healthy chickpeas and uses chipotle chiles in adobo sauce to get its unique flavor.
  5. Stellar Stuffing: We’ve given you four healthy recipes; now here’s a decadent one. Turn your leftover stuffing into fried stuffing bites, and use your leftover cranberry sauce as a dip. Stuffing is formed into cubes, dredged in egg and breadcrumbs, and fried on the stove: not healthy, but delicious!

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