In case you couldn’t already tell: We’re pretty exciting for Thanksgiving here at MyChelle. So excited, in fact, that we’re already thinking about the day after Thanksgiving – the day when we get to relax with our friends and family, catch up, and enjoy some delicious leftovers.

Before you get tired of the same old turkey and cranberry sandwiches this year, why not try one of these fresh ideas:


Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict, Serious Eats
For the first post-Thanksgiving meal of the day, why not revisit all of your favorites from the night before? Following the rule that adding eggs turns anything into breakfast, this recipe calls for three cups of leftover bread stuffing and whatever else you decide to throw into the mix. The result is colorful, thematic – and, most importantly, truly delicious.


Thanksgiving Leftover Hand Pies, Bubbly Nature Creations
This recipe is great for when your leftover stash is dwindling, as it only calls for spoonfuls of ingredients: turkey, gravy, potatoes, etc. (You could also consider adding cranberries, sweet potatoes, or vegetables to the filling.) Add ready-to-roll pie crusts (or make your own, if you have the time and energy after the Thanksgiving festivities!) and you’ve got what you need to make festive and portable Thanksgiving Leftover Hand Pies – perfect for taking on-the-go to work or school after the holiday!


Thanksgiving Quesadilla, Yum Sugar
Who doesn’t love a good quesadilla, right? Basically a variation of the classic sandwich, this recipe’s ready to step in when you need to switch it up. It’s easy to make, and adaptable to whatever you have on hand. However, Yum Sugar’s variation does include minced jalapeños and chipotles in adobo for extra kick. It also includes leftover turkey, but we’re sure this would be just as tasty sans meat.


Turkey Cranchiladas, Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Another idea inspired by south-of-the-border flavors is this unique enchilada made using Thanksgiving leftovers. Shredded turkey and whole-berry cranberry sauce goes into the filling, and there is also a cranberry sauce to pour on top. Nix the rice and beans, and instead serve your Turkey Cranchiladas with sides of sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans or whatever you have on hand for a great variation of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.


Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Casserole, Oh She Glows
… And now, time for dessert! If you’ve ever wondered what to do with leftover pumpkin pie, why not try this seasonal breakfast casserole? Simply chop up slices of the holiday’s favorite pie, add rolled oats and ground flax or chia seeds, stir in spices and almond milk, and bake the entire thing for an easy yet impressive brunch option. As an added bonus, this recipe links to another for Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Gluten-Free Pecan Crust. Yum!

Do you do anything special with your Thanksgiving leftovers, or do you plan on just savoring everything as-is? If you’ve got any favorite recipes or traditions, we’d love to hear them! Please feel free to drop us a line in the “comments” section below.

By Liana Orenstein