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Leftover Recipes: 30 Amazing Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

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Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

With Christmas comes food celebrations and tons of social gatherings.  At some point, others pour away food but that is not sustainable at all. That’s why, in this post, we share 30 amazing, healthy meals to make with Christmas leftovers.

But first off, you have to know the best ways to store your leftovers to ensure they don’t go bad. Hence, you won’t have to deal with food poisoning.

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10 Smart Ways to Store Leftovers

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

  1. Refrigerate or freeze leftover foods within two after cooking because the cold keeps bacteria from growing in your food.
  2. For hot foods, store them directly in the refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Remove any soup and warm your dry-fry your leftovers before placing them in food containers for storage. Also, remove stuffing from stuffed foods like poultry before storing it.
  4. Store your leftovers in small quantities for quick cooling in the refrigerator.
  5. Don’t touch leftovers with bare hands. Instead, use a serving spoon to pick or serve any foods.
  6. Always wash your hands before handling leftovers.
  7. Store leftovers in small, covered food containers.
  8. Don’t store leftovers for more than 3 days. Also, be sure to use your leftovers within 3 days after storing them for the best quality.
  9. If you notice any smell or molds in your leftovers, throw it out.
  10. Thoroughly reheat your leftovers before you can start cooking them. If you’re using a microwave, only use microwave-safe dishes for the same.

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Now, let’s find out 30 amazing, healthy meals to make with your Christmas leftovers! No need to waste food; and we are also, keeping the food budget down!

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

30 Amazing, Healthy Meals to Make With Christmas Leftovers

Leftover Turkey Recipes

The best part about cooking a whole turkey is that you can make a homemade stock and use some of the meat for these leftover turkey recipes!

1. Easy Turkey Pot Pie

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This creamy turkey pot pie with a thick sauce and biscuit topping is a perfect recipe to use your delicious Sheet Pan Turkey and Vegetables.

It’s a great one bowl dinner that’s hearty and delicious!

Turkey Pot Recipe HERE

2. Leftover Turkey Soup

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This gluten-free soup with sweet potatoes and peas is naturally gluten-free and the perfect way to use up that leftover turkey and carcass!

Turkey Soup HERE

3. Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Tired of having leftover turkey? Make an easy turkey noodle casserole and enjoy this hearty meal with your family!

Turkey Noodle Casserole Recipe HERE

4. Leftover Turkey Alfredo Skillet Meal

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Turkey, bacon, peas, and penne pasta coated in a creamy alfredo sauce? Yes please for leftover turkey!

Leftover Turkey Alfredo Skillet Meal Recipe HERE

5. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Need a new go-to for turkey leftovers? You will love this turkey pot pie recipe!

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipe HERE

6. Leftover turkey soup

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Rich flavorful turkey leftover soup from carcass. With homemade shredded turkey, vegetables and noodles, this soup is healthy and will feed your whole family!

Leftover turkey soup HERE

7. Pumpkin Pastina Recipe with Leftover Turkey

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This turkey pastina recipe makes a savory fall pasta dish using pastina and pumpkin. Yummy!

Pumpkin Pastina Recipe with Leftover Turkey Recipe HERE

8. Turkey Turnovers

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Turnovers are great! And even better with leftover turkey.

Turkey Turnover Recipe HERE

9. Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Black Beans

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

No one wants to cook anything complicated the day after the holidays so put that leftover turkey to good use and make these leftover turkey quesadillas with black beans.

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas Recipe HERE

10. Turkey Noodle Soup

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Love soups? Don’t throw away the turkey carcass after the holidays. Make this turkey noodle soup your go-to soup!

Turkey Noodle Salad Recipe HERE

11. Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This shepherd’s pie recipe is made with succulent chunks of turkey and mixed vegetables in a brown gravy sauce. It’s topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked till golden brown. Perfect for transforming all your holiday leftovers!

Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie HERE

Leftover Vegetable Recipes

1. Cranberry Gingerbread Stovetop Rice Pudding (Gluten-free)

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

If you also really hate food waste and want to keep the rice budget down, utilize this recipe to make a delicious pot of rice pudding using leftover rice.

Cranberry Gingerbread Stovetop Rice Pudding Recipe HERE

2. Easy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad (Vegan): Leftovers 

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This healthy leftover noodle recipe uses leftover spaghetti noodles and lots of fresh veggies. Yum!

Easy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad Leftovers Recipe HERE

3. Air Fried Mac and Cheese Balls {Vegetarian}

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Looking for a comfort food snack? Then use this leftover recipe to make the most delicious mac& cheese balls that makes use of your leftover macaroni.

Air Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe HERE

4. Potato Pancakes with Leftover Mashed Potatoes {7 Ingredients, GF}

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Potato Pancakes with Leftover Mashed Potatoes is the perfect dish to make with your leftover mashed potatoes. This recipe helps you to make a fun twist on standard mashed potatoes.

Potato Pancakes with Leftover Mashed Potatoes Recipe HERE

5. Classic Vegetable Fried Rice 

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

A perfect side dish for using leftover rice and transforming it into a delicious lunch or dinner! Yummy!

Classic Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe HERE

6. Vegan Potato Cakes with Carrot and Rice

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

These crispy vegan potato cakes are made with leftover mashed potatoes, rice, carrots, onions and parsley!

Vegan Potato Cakes with Carrot and Rice Recipe HERE

7. Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Another way to use your leftover mashed potatoes by making potato cake that are soft, golden, crispy and cheesy!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe HERE

8. Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

A healthy and snackable way to use your leftover macaroni and enjoy your favorite comfort food! Delicious!

Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe HERE

Leftover Chicken Recipes

1. Festive Cranberry Salad with Chicken and Pecans

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This simple fresh green salad makes a light lunch and makes the most of your leftover chicken.

Festive Cranberry Salad with Chicken and Pecans Recipe HERE

2. Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Chop your chicken into small pieces and prepare this gluten-free chicken fried rice which also uses leftover rice, leftover meat, dried onions, and frozen vegetables. Perfect for a quick meal.

Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice Recipe HERE

Leftover Ham Recipes

1. Leftover Ham, Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This leftover recipe makes a naturally gluten and grain free dish that is an easy and quick dinner for the whole family.

It is a perfect way to use up your leftover ham!

Ham Recipe HERE

2. Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Have leftover ham from a holiday dinner, like Christmas? This is the perfect time to make some savory waffles. The perfect all-in-one breakfast!

Ham & Cheese Recipe HERE

3. Slow Cooker Leftover Ham & Shredded Potato Soup

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

After your holiday dinner, use this slow cooker ham & shredded potato soup to make the most of your leftover ham.

Slow Cooker Leftover Ham & Shredded Potato Soup Recipe HERE

4. Ham and Potato Chowder {Gluten-free}

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This recipe makes a bowl of hot gluten-free ham soup that combines chunks of ham, potatoes, corn and lots of cheese to make a creamy, hearty soup.

Ham and Potato Chowder Recipe HERE

5. Impossible Quiche (Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche)

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This irresistible golden brown impossible quiche that uses up leftover ham after the holidays can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe HERE

6. Leftover ham bone soup

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This delicious homemade ham bone soup from leftover ham cooked on the stove is made with beans, potatoes, carrots and slow cooked in a rich broth.

Leftover ham bone soup Recipe HERE

7. Leftover Ham and Vegetable Casserole

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Give your leftover holiday ham and veggies a makeover in this yummy pasta casserole. It’s quick and easy to put together, and makes for a creamy cheesy good meal!

– Little Sweet Baker

Leftover Ham and Vegetable Casserole Recipe HERE

8. Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

Use leftover pulled pork to make this BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Asparagus in just 20 minutes for a delicious dinner!

-Kate of Babaganosh

Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash Recipe HERE

9. BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Asparagus

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

An absolutely delicious one-skillet Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash recipe using leftover pulled pork. Add an egg on top to make this a complete meal. Naturally gluten free. Try it for dinner this week!

-Kate of Babaganosh

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Asparagus Recipe HERE

10. Healthy Leftover Creamy Ham Pasta with Peas

Leftover Recipes: Amazing, Healthy Meals To Make With Christmas Leftovers

This leftover ham pasta is an entirely different ball game! It uses up leftover mascarpone cheese. You’ll enjoy it!

Healthy Leftover Creamy Ham Pasta with Peas Recipe HERE

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How will you be using your leftovers this holiday? Will you use any of the leftover recipes above?

Kindly let us know in the comments below…

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Lori Bosworth says

    Those turkey turnovers look so delicious. I also like the turkey quesadillas. It’s so practical to have turkey for Christmas because of all the recipes you can prepare afterward!

  2. Bee says

    This has come at the best time cause now we’ll start cooking for family and friends. I’m saving this for later cause I will need it for sure.

  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    So many delicious options! We can make these even without leftovers (We don’t have any this year because my family ate it all up). I like the potato recipes. My husband and my sons love anything potato related, so these would really be a delight for their palate.

  4. Marjie Mare says

    The foodie that I love all these recipes. They are all great dishes that I would love to have at my table. I am saving this post.

  5. Diana says

    These all look so delicious! We go to my sister in law’s for Thanksgiving, so we don’t get leftovers. I will have to share these with her!

  6. Clarice says

    This is brilliant! I am usually lost of what to do with too much leftovers and these recipes you shared are just perfect. The leftover turkey shepherds pie looks really delicious. Would love to try this. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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