5 Creative Recipes for Holiday Leftovers

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written by:  Laura Wittig

@laura

editor's note:

Creatively reusing leftovers is an easy way to start generating less waste, but it takes some practice. We've got some easy tips for you to start with!

written by: Laura Wittig

@laura

editor's note:

Creatively reusing leftovers is an easy way to start generating less waste, but it takes some practice. We've got some easy tips for you to start with!

The holidays are all about indulgence, and there’s nothing the matter with sitting down to a wonderful meal with your friends and family. However, Americans throw away about $165 billion in uneaten food every year – and $293 billion of that waste happens on Thanksgiving alone! We’re showcasing a few leftover friendly recipe tips, along with a few tricks from chef and founder Alison Montford at Ends and Stems.

Turkey Chilaquiles

If you’ve never had chilaquiles, you’re missing out. This Mexican staple defines creative leftover usage by traditionally using day old tortillas combined with eggs to create a mouthwatering, hearty breakfast meal. This Thanksgiving-edition combines your fall poultry of choice with tradition.

How to Make Chicken or Turkey Stock (Video)

The next time you roast a humanely treated, sustainably sourced bird, don’t forget to use every part of the animal to create a delicious bone broth or stock.

Leftovers Quiche

According to Food52, “the happiest ending for leftovers is quiche.” Pair eggs, a quick crust, and whatever you have leftover in the fridge into a creative and scrumptious new main dish. If you’re vegan, you can substitute eggs for tofu (we recommend checking out the Minimalist Baker’s tips on creating a vegan quiche!)

Create an Epic Sandwich

We’re not talking about the late-night Hawaiian roll with cranberry sauce variety (although there’s nothing wrong with that!) – have you ever thought to create a Kentucky Hot Brown, pesto-and-sundried-tomato, or Greek-inspired panini with your holiday leftovers? Country Living has you covered with 35 creative spins on the humble turkey sandwich.

Leftover Love: General Tips + Best Practices

Alison put it best when she said “I don’t usually crave leftovers… but I do hate seeing my time and money going in the compost bin by being too picky or too lazy! To eat my leftovers so I employ a few techniques to avoid it as much as possible.” See her tips here.

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