6 Healthy Meals To Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers
Post-Thanksgiving leftovers can become the basis for equally delicious healthy meals.

6 Healthy Meals to Make with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is over and you’re ready to get back on your healthy eating regimen. But those tempting Thanksgiving leftovers make it difficult not to continue the feast for days to come. The secret is to turn that delicious turkey and trimmings into healthy, low fat and veggie-rich dishes that you’ll love eating just as much. A few ideas:

Post-Thanksgiving Turkey-Vegetable Stew

Think of this as an anything-goes solution to the healthy post-Thanksgiving dilemma. Toss in those leftover green beans, sweet potatoes, and greens, along with the turkey and add anything else you’ve got in the fridge as well.

Turkey Salad

There’s no reason turkey (or chicken) salad needs to be the gooey, high-fat sandwich topping you remember from childhood. Try Moroccan chicken salad with plenty of grated carrot and mint, or a curried turkey salad, served on a bed of spinach, chard or other greens. Or get even more creative with these Asian-inspired turkey lettuce cups.

Turkey Pasta

Again, no need for a cream-filled sauce to make turkey pasta delicious. Toss turkey and plenty of vegetables into a traditional Bolognese, pesto, or parmesan linguine mix, or try a baked pasta dish like this baked penne, turkey and basil from the Simply Fresh Dinners cookbook.

Shepherd’s Pie

This British classic is traditionally made with meat and potatoes, making it the perfect vehicle to use up both your leftover turkey or ham and those buttery mashed potatoes.

Turkey Soup

There’s a reason health-conscious cooks love soups – they are the perfect way to ballast meat with plenty of vegetables, herbs, legumes and whole grains. Another option: this leftover turkey chili, made with cannelini beans and lots of fresh cilantro.

Want more inspiration? Check out these Thanksgiving leftover recipes from Kaiser Permanente’s Food for Life blog.

Melanie Haiken, Health and Fitness Expert

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.