3 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a celebration which revolves around indulgence. We peaceful dumplings know that this is okay from time to time and that we need to practice gratitude for what we have. Leftovers are an integral part of this celebration because we cook an abundance of food for our loved ones and continue to share the wealth in the following days. If you have more leftovers than you know what to do with, never fear! Check out these great ideas for using up your leftovers.

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1. Sandwiches

Omnivores have their leftover turkey sandwiches, so what’s stopping vegans from using this idea? Slice up some of your Tofurky (or whatever roast you have–even better if it’s homemade!) and put it on whole wheat bread with some gravy or cranberry sauce, add some greens, and you’re good to go! Bonus points if you manage to add in stuffing without it spilling over.

From flickr user anotherlunch.com

2. Weekday lunches

Apportion your leftovers into reusable containers and put them in the freezer. Each night before work thaw one in the fridge to take with you for lunch. Delicious Thanksgiving goodness for the whole week! Try adding a bit of roast or roasted veggies on top of fresh greens for an easy salad.

Image from flickr user meandmybadself

3. Casseroles

If you have a ton of leftovers, consider layering them in a casserole dish, baking them in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, and enjoying all the baked together goodness. Veggies, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, and roasts will combine especially well this way. For example: cube your roast and combine with roasted veggies and gravy, and top with mashed potatoes for a Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie!

Any way you cut it, those leftovers will be just as delicious in the following days and you can feel good knowing that you didn’t waste any food!

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Photo: Post Punk Kitchen; anotherlunch.com; meandmybadself all via Flickr

Samantha is a vegan professional in the tech industry living in Austin, Texas with her boyfriend. Her background is in library & information science and classical studies. She loves cooking, biking, movies, reading, the science fiction & horror genres, crafting, thrifting, and the occasional video game. Check her out on Pinterest and Google+. You can also reach her at lestersn [at] gmail [dot] com.


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