Post Turkey Day Diaries


Picture yourself the morning after Thanksgiving. Have you overindulged? Are your pants a little snug? You can’t imagine another bite of food but lo and have a refrigerator full of leftovers. While piling a plate sky high the way you did yesterday is always a decent option, below I have assembled some easy and delicious alternatives.

First, start your day with some overnight oats. This is a great idea for Turkey day itself as well. Setting this filling and healthy base can only assist you with the day to come. It will curb that ravenous, hangry feeling  you normally get around dinner time and provide a base for sampling refreshments. My favorite version of oats is from Hummusapien. This recipe enables you to totally customize your toppings and it can be made days in advance. A lifesaver for this cooking marathon.

From there it is time to consider lunch. This year I have opted for turkey salad. I had not heard of this concoction prior to Friendsgiving last weekend. Yet, as a generally turkey adverse person with a bunch of leftover meat, I needed some options. The general principals are the same as a gorgeous Fall chicken salad. Featuring staples that you most likely have in your pantry. Depending on your preference this salad base can be added to lettuce wraps, sliced bread sandwiches, or a croissant.

A beautiful pairing for your turkey salad can also help you use some leftovers. Crispy potato and green beans in pesto. The crispy, creamy potatoes paired with the crunchy green beans alone would be great but tossing them in pesto gives new life. It will make you feel like you are not eating leftovers but in fact a fabulous new creation. My pesto of choice for this recipe is the Genova pesto from Trader Joe’s.

Turkey Salad

A fun way to use those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 10m
  • Serves: 4


  • 1 cup turkey, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup avocado or regular mayo
  • 1 red apple, cubed
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Taste test and alter seasoning accordingly.

I hope you all have a fabulously delicious Thanksgiving and take advantage of these fun ways to use leftovers.


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