Delicious Recipes Using Holiday Leftovers
‘Tis the season for endless heaps of mashed potatoes, boats of gravy and perfectly cooked turkey or ham awaiting you at the holiday table. Delicious meals and hearty side dishes that only come around this time of year are unquestionably one of the best parts of the season.
With all that food however, comes lots of leftovers!
Don’t worry, you can be sure to use all those delicious only-comes-once-a-year dishes that are staring at you from the fridge. Check out these 5 healthy recipes you can make with your holiday leftovers.
Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day—and a great way to add some flavor is with a little help from one of the season's favorite sides: cranberry sauce. Add in a spoonful with sprinkle of cinnamon, and any other desired toppings like shaved almonds. This warm breakfast is packed with healthy whole grains that will keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time plus, cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and almonds have great good-for-you fats.
Is there anything that screams holidays more than homemade pumpkin pie?! Once you've capped your cravings for dessert, try incorporating that leftover pumpkin filling into a smoothie instead. Combine a vanilla protein powder, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of maple syrup, banana and ice. This rich smoothie is so delicious and is packed with antioxidants and protein—so you feel like you’re still indulging in that pumpkin pie but will be reaping lots of health benefits.
Frittata or Omelet
Have extra ham turkey, roasted veggies, you name it? When in doubt, egg it out! Just about anything goes when making eggs. Eggs are also high in protein and a great source of energy for that post-holiday slump.
Mix in any of your leftovers with eggs and stick it all in the oven to make a frittata you can indulge in any time of the day. If you prefer an omelet, simply fry up your eggs in a pan over the stovetop and throw it those holiday extras.
Is there anything better than getting cozy with a warm bowl of soup? Make some hearty and healthy soup by shredding any leftover turkey or ham with fresh vegetables, spinach, beans, broth...and just about anything else that may sitting around in your fridge. Bring all ingredients together on the stove with any additional seasoning, heat and ta-da! You’ll have healthy meals for days, which you deserve after all that cooking over the holidays!
We know what you may be thinking: a turkey sandwich, what’s to know? Just put some turkey in a leftover Hawaiian bun and call it day.
You can do so much better than that. Grab two slices of sourdough, or your favorite bread, butter each side and spread pesto, gouda cheese, mayo, sundried tomatoes and lots of leftover turkey. Grill the sandwich on a skillet until it’s crisp to your liking and enjoy!
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