This year, instead of recreating your Thanksgiving Day dinner plate for days on end or whipping together a basic turkey sandwich, get creative with your weekly meal prep.
Here are seven simple and delicious ways to make weekly meal prep easy with all of those Thanksgiving Day leftovers!
Out of Thanksgiving turkey or looking for a new fun flavor? Try these Thai Style Turkey Patties.
#1 Baked Stuffed Avocados
One of the easiest ways to re-purpose Thanksgiving leftovers is to make a batch of baked stuffed avocados. Some great go-to filling options include dried cranberries, roasted potatoes and shredded turkey. You can even top it off with some chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds for an added crunch!
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl then scoop into halved avocados. Make sure the pits are removed then fill each half with a generous portion of Thanksgiving Day filling. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper then bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Enjoy an avocado half right away or store in a reusable airtight container and place in the fridge for quick and easy meals or snacks all week long.
Got some extra sweet potatoes from that Thanksgiving Day feast? Make this recipe for Thai Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
#2 Homemade Soup
Transform Thanksgiving Day leftovers into a big batch of soup you can enjoy all week long or month long. Grab some vegetable broth, collect all of those Thanksgiving Day vegetables like green beans, carrots, corn and peas. Then toss in some potatoes and shredded roasted turkey and enjoy a beautiful batch of homemade soup. This well-balanced bowl of flavor is an easy solution for any Thanksgiving Day leftovers. Some of our other favorite soup recipes include Homemade Beef Stew and this Thai Style Tomato and Basil Soup,
#3 Stir Fries
Elevate Thanksgiving Day leftovers and any extra food scraps left behind from cooking by making a homemade stir fry. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower stalks, radish leaves and coriander roots can all be incorporated into stir fries for an added burst of flavor. Add some leftover roasted turkey and serve over a bed of brown rice, cauliflower rice, noodles or white rice. Add a drizzle of your favorite stir fry sauce or a spoonful of leftover Thanksgiving Day gravy and enjoy.
Want to make some homemade fried rice instead? Try this Sweet Potato Fried Rice or this Thai Pineapple Cauliflower Rice.
#4 Thanksgiving Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are another delicious option for all of those turkey leftovers. Simply select a tortilla wrap then choose your favorite Thanksgiving Day side dishes, top with turkey or an egg and you have a complete meal perfect for breakfast, brunch or a delicious and nutritious on-the-go snack. Save the burrito stuffing and enjoy a batch of Thanksgiving breakfast burritos all week long.
#5 Thanksgiving Frittata or Quiche
Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use with other classic breakfast dishes - breakfast frittatas or homemade quiche. The best part about a frittata or quiche is that anything goes. The ingredients can be as unique as your Thanksgiving Day menu, so raid the fridge, grab the eggs and channel your culinary creativity to create a mouthwatering masterpiece.
Need some recipe ideas? Try this Caramelized Onion and Pork Sausage Frittata or this Chipotle Chicken Taco Frittata.
#6 Thanksgiving Leftover Hash
After Thanksgiving dinner, get excited for Black Friday breakfast or brunch with this recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Hash. It’s incredibly delicious and super simple to make. Just throw all of your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers like dressing, gravy, potatoes, roasted vegetables and turkey into a skillet and simmer. Top with a fried egg and a splash or two of hot sauce and you have the ultimate day after Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch recipe. Make a big batch and save the remaining servings for breakfast for the rest of the week ahead.
You can even try this Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash or this Sweet Potato Hash with Pesto Sauce for an added burst of fresh flavor.
#7 Turkey Pot Pie
If you really enjoyed that Thanksgiving turkey dinner, consider making a new turkey dinner by making a homemade turkey pot pie. Simply take all of your leftover gravy, pie crusts, turkey and vegetables and transform them into a homemade turkey pot pie. All you have to do is bake, eat and enjoy. Be sure to save some for later in the week so you can enjoy the deliciousness of turkey all week long.
This Thanksgiving, get creative with Thanksgiving Day leftovers and make weekly meal prep easy with these seven simple ideas!