Before we start, some reminders: Perishable Thanksgiving dishes (turkey, many sides) should not sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours (less is better!). Use or freeze leftovers within 4 days. Oh, and have fun. With all the work you’ve done for the feast, you deserve it.
Turkey Tetrazzini With Butternut Squash Sauce
Pictured above. Use two types of leftovers — turkey and butternut squash — in this lightened-up dish that features whole-wheat spaghetti and eliminates the typical butter and cream from the sauce. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles
You can have leftovers for breakfast! Use any leftover pumpkin puree from that pie and add to the batter. Dollop your leftover cranberry sauce on top. You can also go the waffle route with leftover stuffing: Just put it inside your waffle machine, press down and presto, stuffing waffle. Get the recipe.
Lentil-Mushroom Farmer’s Pie
Barbecue Sweet Potato Tortizzas
If you have extra mashed sweet potatoes that are unseasoned or very minimally seasoned, use them in this fun combo of pizza and quesadillas. The toppings are flexible, meaning you can experiment with other leftovers, such as roasted vegetables. Get the recipe.