The Day after Thanksgiving: Leftovers Reinvented

Leftovers serve a different purpose in every family. There are some “midnight” eaters who simply can’t wait until breakfast to enjoy another spoonful of stuffing or sneak a sliver of pumpkin pie. On the other hand, there are the “inventive” families who are thinking of soups, pizzas, sandwiches and more to recreate the Thanksgiving components in new ways.

No matter how your family utilizes the essential leftovers, there are specific ingredients that were purchased for Thanksgiving prep, that are now lying around the kitchen. Mushrooms are a key ingredient to several aspects of the Thanksgiving meal, whether in soup, appetizers, or sides, there are likely a few leftover white buttons or portabellas sitting in the fridge waiting to be used in new ways.  If you’re tired of the stuffing and turkey, put a mushroom spin on leftover day.

Mushroom Scramble Mug

If you’re planning to shop all day you’ll need fuel. Toss a few leftover mushrooms and other veggies with some eggs for a quick scramble in a mug that will have out the door in no time at all.

Mushroom Parmesan Melts

Along with mushrooms, there is always leftover bread after Thanksgiving. After a heavy meal, sometimes you just want to keep things light, with a topping of a sautéed mushrooms and parmesan cheese.

Mushroom Quinoa Casserole

If you’re hosting gluten-free visitors for the weekend, treat them to a quinoa inspired casserole that everyone will love.


What is your favorite way to use leftover ingredients from holiday feasts?

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