Our best recipes for holiday leftovers

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Did you know that Americans generate 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year? And leftovers are definitely part of the problem as they tend to pile up right about now. Seriously, you just got through all those Thanksgiving leftovers and now there’s more?! Get ahead of the food flurry and help reduce the massive amounts of food thrown away this time of year by making a plan for all those holiday leftovers. 

What to do with leftover candy canes

Good luck purchasing just one or two because they only sell candy canes in ten-pound blocks. Don’t let a single candy cane go to waste this year by crushing them up and adding them to any chocolate cookie or brownie recipe, or by melting them into hot cocoa for peppermint mocha vibes. We also highly recommend making these super easy truffles:

leftover candy cane chocolate truffles with a bite taken out

No-Bake Candy Cane Crumb Truffles

Delightfully pepperminty, extra chocolatey, and super easy to make vegan. Actually, they’re super easy to make in general as they don’t even require an oven. 

What to do with leftover veggies

Holiday leftovers can be something to look forward to with the right recipes. Stir-fries, frittatas, potstickers, and this classic bubble and squeak recipe might just be better than the original meal.

bubble and squeak with Imperfect Foods Butter

Bubble and Squeak

Classic Bubble and Squeak is a British do-it-all dish made from cooked potatoes and cabbage, mixed together and fried until it “bubbles and squeaks.” When it comes to leftovers, it’s one of the great go-to dishes. 

Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Waffles

Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Waffles

There’s not much that a little cheese and a few fried eggs can’t make delicious. These waffles are deliciously crispy and make for a great savory breakfast or breakfast-y dinner.

veggie frittata recipe for brunch

The Veggie Frittata for a lot-a Leftovers

With this recipe in your back pocket, you’ll never look at leftovers the same again. An extra onion half or a bounty of holiday leftovers are no longer burdens but an opportunity to make this frittata. 

Leftover Mashed Potato Blinis from Too Good To Go

Leftover Mashed Potato Blinis

These Blinis from the Too Good to Go cookbook are the ultimate comfort snack and can easily be made with sweet potatoes or any other starchy spuds. 

What to do with leftover turkey

A solid plan for leftovers is a great way to prevent food waste. And since the turkey tends to be one of the dinner table essentials with the most left to offer, it’s honestly a shame to just eat turkey sandwiches every day for a month. 

Leftover Holiday Turkey Curry

Holiday Turkey Curry

This recipe is a particularly good way to plan ahead for a lot of leftover turkey because curry is one of those magical dishes that somehow tastes better the longer all the ingredients hang out together. 

thanksgiving leftovers sweet potato potstickers

Turkey and Sweet Potato Potstickers

This recipe is a little more involved than the others but sooo worth it. These delicious potstickers will be the dish that saves you from the monotony of reheated leftovers.

Leftover Turkey and Roasted Veggie Garlic Noodles

Turkey and Roasted Veggie Garlic Noodles

Garlic noodles are an easy go-to meal that makes leftovers something to look forward to. Even if you have a really random mix of leftover roasted veggies and a protein other than turkey, we can still guarantee this will be delicious.

The holidays aren’t over until all the leftovers are eaten. So here’s to making them last!

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