Before Thanksgiving, you're feeling inspired: you want to cook, make all the fabulous dishes for your friends and family, and impress them all with your creativity and skills in the kitchen.
On Friday, you're usually either a.) shopping, or b.) staying at home and avoiding all the ridiculous people. You're still ok with the Thanksgiving leftovers in their standard form - turkey with gravy, sides of potatoes, green beans, and the like.
Then Saturday and Sunday hit. At this point you've probably had at least 3 meals in a row that very closely resemble each other. There's still so many leftovers in the fridge, though, and you're starting to wonder what in the H-E-double hockey sticks you're going to do with all of that food.
You're still burned out on cooking, creativity in the kitchen is at a minimum, and you just don't want to look at another slice of turkey breast.
Here are 5 great ideas on what to do with all of those paleo Thanksgiving leftovers!
Cranberry Smoothie from A Girl Worth Saving
We always have so much extra cranberry after Thanksgiving. I love the idea of turning it into a smoothie! We make this fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish , which I think is going to make a most excellent smoothie.
Leftover Turkey Yellow Curry from Stupid Easy Paleo
After a few days, I usually tire of not just the leftovers, but the Thanksgiving-y flavors that go with them. I love the idea of using the turkey and switching up the flavor to a curry dish!
Leftover Turkey Frittata from Serious Eats
This is genius. Put your leftovers in a pan, pour beaten eggs over it, and bake.
And the tip at the beginning of the recipe might just make this life changing: "Mix your leftover cranberry sauce with a little Dijon mustard to make a tangy dipping sauce for the frittata."
Um, yes please!
Bone Broth from Wellness Mama
If you cook whole birds and don't make your own broth, you're should. Once you've got the carcass, it's the easiest thing in the world.
Just put the bones in either a large stockpot on the stove or in your crockpot, throw in some veggie scraps and trimmings, cover with water, and simmer for a few hours.
Pour it through a strainer and into a jar, and store in the fridge, or freeze for later use.
(Hack: freeze in ice cube trays for use in small amounts!)
Turkey Pumpkin Chili from Paleo Scaleo
I originally made this recipe with ground turkey, but you could easily just substitute leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It's got a good spice to it, so you'll get a nice change of flavor too.
Don't limit yourself to just these (or other ideas) that are out there on the internet - get creative!
You can make other frittatas or omelettes, filled with your different leftovers - green beans, sweet potatoes or squash. Stuff bell peppers with turkey and mashed potatoes and bake. Add turkey and some chopped up veggies to your homemade broth and make turkey soup.
Do you have a favorite use or recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers that I didn't cover here? Share in the comments below!