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Holiday Leftovers Made Healthy


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The holiday feast has come to end, but that doesn’t mean you have to be done eating. Instead of tossing aside the holiday leftovers to avoid overindulging, take advantage of the extra nutritious meals you can easily whip up. You don’t have to settle for a cold turkey sandwich or a boring reheated bowl of mashed potatoes; there are plenty of ways to revive those Thanksgiving leftovers to taste like brand new meals. Here are some delicious ways to re-vamp holiday leftovers:

1. Turkey:

  • Shred pieces of turkey and mix with crushed tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and beans. Add some spices and a bit of low sodium broth for a unique spin on chili.

  • Whip up some turkey wraps for lunch with spinach and cranberry sauce or make a turkey pita pocket with mashed avocado and arugula.

2. Mashed Potatoes:

  • Combine your cold mashed potatoes with egg whites, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs to make easy potato patties. Just cook on a skillet with a bit of oil to crisp the outsides and warm up the center.

  • Reuse your leftover mashed potatoes and make mini vegetable shepherd’s pie in ramekins or muffin tins.

3. Stuffing:

  • Carve out a bell pepper, mushroom cap, squash or zucchini and fill them with a scoop of leftover stuffing, top with a sprinkle of cheese and bake.

  • Stick your leftover stuffing in oven safe ramekins, add an egg and bake to make an easy on-the-go breakfast.

4. Sweet Potatoes:

  • Scoop out the inside of a leftover sweet potato and fill it with beans, salsa and cheese or nutritional yeast. Crack an egg on top and bake for a Mexican inspired breakfast.