Looking for holiday leftover ideas? The dilemma of holiday dinner leftovers is REAL. After all that hard work, it’s difficult to see anything go to waste. So how do you revamp all those dishes, without feeling like you’re eating the same thing for DAYS? It’s incredible how many holiday dinner recipes are floating around on the internet, so we’ve narrowed it down to our favorite 15 meal ideas.

holiday leftover ideas

15 Holiday leftover Ideas

Meal planning any time of the year can be overwhelming, but with all the holiday dinner leftovers you can really stretch out those meals. Keep in mind many dishes can be frozen so that you enjoy a “holiday dinner” well after the season.

Breakfast Meal Ideas

Skip the bacon and opt for Turkey Waffles! This recipe by Christina’s Cucina is the perfect meal idea for those who need meat to balance their breakfast.

Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles

How about some Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast, why not? This looks incredible and would go great with a morning cup of Breakfast Tea or coffee. [Namely Marly]


For a fuller breakfast, try this Leftover Turkey Frittata from Diethood. It’s like a whole balanced meal in one dish!


Now this is interesting, Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes? Hmm, ABSOLUTELY worth a try! [Just a Taste]


Lunch Meal Ideas

After an evening of gorging, maybe this Leftover Thanksgiving Salad is the right way to go. [Pizzazerie]

meal ideas from leftovers

This quick and easy Thanksgiving Leftover Nacho Recipe from Girl Versus Dough, is perfect for lounging the day after the chaos. Just hang out, recoup, and snack away!

thanksgiving leftovers nachos

Serve those nachos with this yummy 3-Cheese Turkey Cranberry & Sage Quesadilla from The Cookie Rookie. This quick recipe is perfect, with only 15 minutes of prep & cook time.


Although these look a little more time-consuming than the previous recipes, these Thanksgiving Leftover Dumplings look delicious! [Foxes Love Lemons]


Pair the soup or chowder from the dinner section with this delicious Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwich from Simple Bites.


Or opt for a lighter sandwich with this Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad with Sweet Rolls from BruCrew Life.


Dinner meal ideas from leftovers

Turkey Holiday Hash {the Perfect Holiday Leftovers Recipe} from Boulder Locavore, combines some of the most common leftover items: stuffing, gravy, and that good ol’ turkey.


I haven’t eaten a pot pie in ages, but this Turkey Pot Pie made with holiday dinner leftovers looks delicious! [Damn Delicious]


Here’s another Thanksgiving Leftover Skillet idea and all its cheesy goodness! [Sweet Phi]


With the cooler temperatures, a comforting Turkey Soup would be perfect. [Simply Recipes]

Mom’s Turkey Soup Recipe | Simply Recipes

Even this Slow Cooker Turkey Chowder by Baked by Rachel, would be AMAZING!

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Chowder | Baked by Rachel

You can definitely create a full meal plan for the weeks following Thanksgiving and Christmas by using holiday dinner leftovers. With these 15 recipes, you won’t feel like you’re eating the same dishes over and over. If you have any favorite leftover recipes you’d like to share, let us know on our Facebook page; we’d love to hear them.


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