The big day has come and gone. Is your refrigerator loaded up with leftovers? What in the world will you do will all those holiday goodies? You don’t want all that deliciousness to go to waste! Well, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. With only a few days left to safely consume an entire refrigerator full of leftovers, what is one to do? Check out our 5 favorite ways to transform your leftovers:

01 BBQ Turkey Dinner

Find some low sugar/ low sodium BBQ sauce to pour into a crock pot, mix in your leftover turkey and put the cook setting on low for 45-minutes to 1-hour. This simply warms the turkey and allows the sauce to seep throughout. Shred the newly marbled turkey with two forks and enjoy a succulent BBQ dinner. For a healthy plate, each serving should be about the size of your fist and paired with plenty of vegetables. This is a great time to heat up leftover green beans!

02 Spicy Ham and Avocado

All you need is your leftover ham. Simply fry a bit of ham in a skillet until both sides are browned to your liking. Sprinkle a bit of crushed red pepper and place on a plate, and top with fresh sliced avocado. This is a wonderful, protein-packed meal when you’re on the go! It’s also a healthy after-school snack for the kids or grandkids.

03 Cauliflower Salad

This leftover recommendation is great because all you do is simply throw everything together and voila, you have a salad! We like to use leftover, warmed up cauliflower and add things like red onion, toasted nuts, and spinach. You can get creative with it, depending on what leftovers you have.

04 Mix it Up with an Apple Crisp

Put that leftover apple pie to healthier use!

What you’ll need:

  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons of apple pie filling (skip the crust)
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • A small baking ramekin for baking

What you’ll do:

Simply scoop your apple pie filling into the bottom of your baking dish. Crumble almonds, oats, and cinnamon on top. f you’re wanting more of a flavor punch, toast the oats and almonds together with a tsp of cinnamon in an oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees for 2 minutes and then sprinkle. Bake the crumble at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.

05 Give the Gift of Good Food

Homeless shelters are always in need of food and supplies, especially around the holidays. If you find yourself flush with leftovers and slightly nauseous from the sheer amount of turkey you’ve consumed in the past 24 hours, consider a donation to a local homeless shelter or animal rescue shelter.


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