Waste Not: Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes to Keep the Celebration Going

Waste Not: Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes to Keep the Celebration Going

October 14, 2020

This yearThanksgiving was most definitely different than ones in the pastTables may have been set for fewer people, but the feelings of thankfulness and gratitude were still overflowing. No matter how small the gatheringthere always seems to be an abundance of leftovers. Here are some of my favourite ways to repurpose your Thanksgiving meal. 


Turkey Casserole 


  • ⅔ cup panko 
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese 
  • 3 Tbsp butter 
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 1 ¼ cup crimini mushrooms, sliced 
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour 
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock 
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed 
  • 8 oz egg noodles, cooked 
  • 1 cup peas, frozen or fresh 
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice 
  1. Heat oven to 425° F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine panko with ¼ cup parmesan cheese. 
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onion and mushrooms and cook until softened. Add the flour and cook for one minute. Pour stock into saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for about 5 minutes until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. 
  5.  Remove from heat and add cheddar and remaining parmesan cheese and stir until melted. 
  6. Add turkey, noodles, peas and lemon juice. 
  7. Pour mixture into baking dish and top with breadcrumb mixture. 
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 
  9. Enjoy! 


Cranberry Meatballs 


  • 1 lb. ground beef 
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • ½ cup panko 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 Tbsp chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce 
  • 1 ¾ cups cranberry sauce 
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, panko and chives. Roll into small balls. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, cranberry sauce and chili powder. 
  3. In a large pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the meatballs in a single layer and sear on all sides (about 2 minutes per side). 
  4. Pour sauce into skillet and let meatballs simmer in the sauce until cooked through (about 10 minutes). 
  5. Enjoy! 


Sweet Potato Hummus 


  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes 
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil 
  • clove garlic, minced 
  • Pinch of salt 
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. 
  2. Serve with pita or vegetables and enjoy!  

All recipes inspired and adapted from Delish. 

Maybe you opted out of cooking a large feast this year or maybe you haven't quite had enough turkey and cranberry sauce. Order our delicious Roasted Turkey family meal, with sweet potato mash, roasted root veggies, and a local Ontario apple crisp for dessert! Holiday or not, this is the perfect comfort meal for our cool, October weather. 

Eat well, be well

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO