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Thanksgiving Leftovers All Week Long

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Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: Turn the best meal of the year into a week's worth of food with easy ways to repurpose your Thanksgiving staples. 

Leftovers are an acquired taste. As a child, I hated them -- the thought of eating the same thing two nights in a row was unbearable. These days, the less work I have to do and money I have to spend to get food in my mouth, the better. 

Come holiday time, leftovers aren't just practical -- they're something to look forward to. Here's how to extend the best meal of the year into a several-day affair: 


Past turkey sandwiches, your Thanksgiving main can be transformed into dinners for the remainder of the week. One of the regular favorites is Turkey Pho, though another spicy, unexpected choice is Turkey Jambalaya. And there's always the decidedly retro Turkey Tetrazzini.

Mashed Potatoes

Leftover mashed potatoes are versatile -- fry them up in little cakes or use them in a virtuous, warm, post-holiday meal: Vegan Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a no-brainer in baked goods, like breakfast muffins, or oat bars. On the savory side, it's great in paninis or grilled cheese sandwiches


Stuffing can easily be transformed into a main dish -- for example, used in your favorite stuffed vegetable recipe. And this tutorial for Stuffing Waffles is genius. 


Eat cold for breakfast the next morning, standing up, straight from the fridge. 

Tell us: What are your favorite ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers? 

Topics: What to Cook, On the Cheap, Thanksgiving

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over 1 year ago Marsha Gainey

The turkey carcass and the ham bones are leftovers in a sense. I make split pea soup or a pot of black-eyed peas seasoned with the ham bone and chunks of the ham, and as for the bird, I make a tomato-based turkey frame soup or a cream-based turkey frame chowder with the carcass.


over 1 year ago SKK

I was confused by the heading that appeared in my Facebook page. What is a 'broke kitchen'? Title less than inviting and generous. "Thanksgiving leftovers are a gift to broke kitchens everywhere. Here are our favorite budget-friendly ways to use them up:"