Healthy Ways to Use Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

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If you have one indulgent day, and eat healthy the rest of the week, you will still see progress. The problem is you have enough leftovers to feed a small country! Here are a few healthy ways to use those Thanksgiving Leftovers!

 

Slow Cooker Leftover Turkey Stew (makes 6 servings)

 turkey-stew

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 lbs leftover turkey cut into chunks or shredded

 

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients except turkey into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Add leftover turkey for the last 30 min of cooking time,

 

Cranberry-Apple Turkey Sandwich

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers: cranberry-turkey-sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat English muffin or sandwich thin (toasted if desired)
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • A few slices of leftover turkey
  • Thinly sliced Granny smith apples
  • 1 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce

 

Directions:

  • Toast bread if desired and spread on one tbsp of cranberry sauce
  • Then assemble rest of sandwich ingredients

 

Leftover Green Bean Salad (serves 6)

green-bean-salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 2 cups leftover cooked green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
  • 1 Tomato Sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ tsp grated lemon rind
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients together and toss gently. Serve at room temp.

 

Leftover Turkey Salad Wraps

Thanksgiving Leftovers- Turkey Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla (around 100 cal)
  • 4 oz leftover turkey (cut into chunks or shredded)
  • Lettuce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil mayo
  • diced carrot, celery onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Combine turkey, mayo, veggies and salt and pepper to taste. Place mixture in wrap roll up and enjoy!