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4 Ways to Stretch Your Thanksgiving Dinner

4 Ways to Stretch Your Thanksgiving Dinner

By Matt Diehl • November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals for families and friends every year. Days of preparation and generations of recipes can make for a savory, bountiful feast for all to enjoy.

In addition to a day of deliciousness, Thanksgiving can offer yet another perk - leftovers! Although leftovers can be eaten as is a day or two later, there are a variety of recipes you can experiment with. These additional meals could also pay off outside the kitchen by saving money on groceries and food costs overall.

Once you regain your appetite, here are four ways to stretch your Thanksgiving dinner:

1. Salads

From candied walnuts to seasoned potato cubes, traditional Thanksgiving foods can turn into tasty salad ingredients. You may have to buy fresh greens but the other elements could all be derived from leftovers. Here are three recipes to consider:

Turkey Waldorf Salad
Cranberry Salad
Dill Potato Salad

2. Soups

Just in time for the cold weather! Leftover meats and vegetables can be boiled down to make a delicious stock or broth. You may also use these items as main ingredients. If you’re looking for a soup that sticks to your ribs, try these:

Mashed Potato and Turkey Soup
Corn and Tomato Chowder
Turkey Chili

3. Sandwiches

It's time to add some zest to your plain sandwiches. There are dozens of possibilities to choose from depending on your taste. And who knows - one of these may become your new favorite:

Turkey Panini
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
Vegan, Gluten-free Leftover Sandwich

4. Pies

It's safe to say most people know what to do with leftover cherry and pumpkin pie. These pies may not be as sweet but they can be a savory alternative to make out of leftovers: 

Turkey Pot Pie
Shepherd's Pie
Wedge Pies

Give thanks for leftovers

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and feasting on our favorite foods. If you end up with a fridge full of leftovers, hopefully these recipes will help you stretch your Turkey Day dinner a little farther. Happy Thanksgiving!

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