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Leftover Rundown

Your leftovers go even further with these smart recipes 

As you are preparing for the holidays, you realize just how much time is spent on food. Between the recipe ideation, shopping, baking, and creating the perfect menu for family and guests, your time in the kitchen usually reaches an all-time high.

And as wonderful as your holiday dinner is, there's always an abundance of home-cooked leftovers. Instead of packing up your turkey dinner and all of the trimmings in to-go boxes for dinner party guests (or tossing them - noooooo!), head back into the kitchen to make the most of your leftovers. You've already done the heavy-lifting. Use your leftovers to create these simple, unique, and delicious meals (you're more than half-way done before you start!)

Recipe Ideas Using Delicious Holiday Leftovers

 

Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa 

Create the perfect dinner fare with leftover turkey and cranberries. These Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa from Taste of Home are perfect for two reasons: they're fast and simple to make and they're loaded with holiday flavor that keeps your celebration going after the big feast. Why make a boring turkey sandwich, when you could have this? 

Balsamic Pea Salad 

Whip up this fresh and tasty balsamic pea salad from Allrecipes.com in minutes with leftover peas or pea casserole. The best part is, in addition to the leftover peas, this recipe calls for a few ingredients that you probably have in your pantry year-round. This Balsamic Pea Salad goes well with any dinner idea as a salad or side dish, and it literally takes no time at all to prepare, making it a smart choice for a post-holiday potluck or dinner.  

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta 

Use those leftover holiday dinner rolls to make this simple yet sophisticated bruschetta. Use a rolling pin to flatten dinner rolls and then substitute them for the bread portion of this Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe. These little delights will be ready in just 10-minutes thanks to myrecipes.com

Sweet Potato Casserole Pancakes with Maple Glaze

Sweet and delicious, sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and vitamins, making them a top choice for a leftover makeover. Start your day with Cooking Light's Sweet Potato Casserole Pancakes using your leftover sweet potato casserole, Greek yogurt, almonds, and a few extra ingredients.

Individual Turkey Shepard’s Pie 

This healthy dish from Food Network is an amazing way to utilize holiday leftovers because you can use just about everything you have in the fridge. Grab the leftover mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, peas, and corn from last night's feast to create an individual Shepard’s Pie for anyone who's still hungry. 

Delicious Potato Doughnuts with Fudge Frosting 

If you have a sweet tooth, these Delicious Potato Donuts with Fudge Frosting from Taste of Home will hit the spot. Made with the mashed potatoes left over from your holiday dinner, these inventive doughnuts are ready in just two minutes, and they taste like you got them delivered fresh from a local bakery.

With these quick recipes and an open mind, you can turn your precious holiday leftovers into unique dishes. We hope these tips will keep you out of the grocery store this week, so you can enjoy time with friends and family, or simply relax and enjoy the quiet after the holiday rush.  

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