Healthy Meals Made with Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Elana Iaciofano • November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving is a food lover’s dream come true and definitely one of our favorite Holiday’s here at Colavita. But there’s always a never-ending pile of leftovers that ends up going to waste. 

And yes, we use our turkey carcasses for stock and the leftover meat for sandwiches. We eat the leftover apple pie at 3am (who, ME??), and casually let the green bean casserole take up space in its Tupperware until it’s time to finally throw it away…

But what if there was a BETTER way?

This year, we invite you to reinvent your leftovers into easy, exciting, and even healthy recipes. Now that's something to be thankful for! 

We begin at the beginning. With breakfast! Start your morning with this warm and Creamy Polenta with Leftover Cranberry Sauce. You’ll have a breakfast on the table in about 5 minutes. The creamy polenta pairs well with the tartness of your leftover cranberry sauce. Top it off with cinnamon and chopped pecans (all recipes listed below).

If you’re the smoothie type, this recipe is just what you need. The main ingredient for this delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is your leftover pumpkin pie. You can even make your own nut milk (we used soaked cashews for ours) for extra creaminess that’s completely plant-based.

Now for lunch: a super simple Couscous Buddha Bowl that’s not only healthy but requires little work because it’s composed of all your leftovers! As a base for all those leftover veggies, we whipped up some fresh Colavita Couscous.

Finally, reinvent the rest of that turkey for dinner with these two healthy variations of Thanksgiving Ramen. Traditionally, ramen consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a broth, but our version uses our own Colavita Spaghetti. For the broth, you can use chicken stock but if you’re feeling up for it, you can make your own stock from the rest of your Thanksgiving turkey. Top the ramen with your choice of greens, mushrooms, slices of leftover turkey, and of course no ramen is complete without a perfectly, soft-boiled egg.

I sampled ALL of these recipes because we created, tested, and filmed them for our Youtube channel. They are delicious. I particularly enjoyed the smoothie and the polenta bowl. I would (and will) make any of these again, even if I don't have the Thanksgiving leftovers handy.

Please have a look at the videos on Youtube, subscribe (we would be delighted), and if you make any of the recipes, please feel free to post and share on Instagram tagging #colavitaoliveoil. We would be happy to feature your creation in our Insta stories! 

We at Colavita hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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