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By Ali Johnson

Thanksgiving has come and gone and hopefully everyone allowed themselves to indulge in some of their favorite family recipes. But just because you enjoyed some delicious Thanksgiving food doesn’t mean your nutrition efforts have totally been derailed; with only 167 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 34 grams of protein per 4oz, roasted turkey in itself is an inherently healthy food and a great way to meet your protein goals. With that in mind, hopefully you scored some leftover turkey that you can enjoy in the days following Thanksgiving. There are tons of healthy dishes you can make using leftover Thanksgiving food, especially turkey, so check out some of these recipes and feast on Thanksgiving leftovers while still sticking to your nutrition goals.

 

No Mayo Curry Turkey Salad

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This Curry Turkey Salad puts a fun twist on traditional chicken salad, and it’s a great way to use up some of that leftover turkey. All you have to do is chop the turkey finely, mix it up with some greek yogurt (how much you add depends on how creamy you want your salad to be) and add in some avocado, fresh tarragon, fresh rosemary, curry powder (again, start with a small amount and add more to taste) and salt and pepper. Feel free to add in any dried fruits or nuts you have around the house (almonds are great and also a good source of healthy fat, and dried cranberries are delicious as well). Eat it on crackers, low-carb bread, or put it over lettuce for a delicious and easy lunch option.

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Veggie Frittata

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Hosting family or friends for the holiday and wondering what to feed them the morning after Thanksgiving? Whip up this delicious breakfast frittata and you’ll use up some of those leftover veggies AND be a hit with your out of town guests. Frittatas are a great way to sneak in veggies and protein (eggs) into your diet while still eating something that tastes great. Plus it’s an easy breakfast option if you need to feed a crowd. This recipe uses greek yogurt which is a great source of protein, and it also calls for brussel sprouts and squash which are common Thanksgiving leftovers. But if you don’t have either of those, feel free to add in any leftover veggies you have lying around the house. Peppers and tomatoes would be good, too. Finally, although the recipe calls for 12 eggs, consider doing 6 whole eggs and 6 egg whites for a more cholesterol-friendly, low-cal option. 

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Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

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Tostadas are essentially an open-faced taco, and these Chipotle Turkey tostadas put a fun and unique twist on your leftover turkey. Corn tortillas form the base of the tostada and are a healthier option in place of flour tortillas. Cook your leftover turkey with some tomato paste, garlic, chipotle powder and cilantro to give it a spicy, smokey flavor, and then top your tortillas with the chipotle turkey, some black beans, avocado, and whatever veggies you like for a healthy, delicious lunch or dinner option. You can also consider mixing up some Greek yogurt with cilantro and lime for a yummy sauce to put on top. With only 270 calories per tostada, you can have your turkey and eat it too!

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Cauliflower Turkey Tetrazzini 

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We couldn’t write a post about Thanksgiving leftovers without including the most commonly eaten turkey remake: turkey tetrazzini. Some people look forward to the day-after turkey tetrazzini even more than they do the actual holiday, so here’s some good news: you can eat this yummy leftover without having to feel guilty about blowing your nutrition plan. Although this recipe is a little more on the dense side (395 calories per serving) the addition of whole wheat pasta and cauliflower also makes it a great source of protein (33g). If you want to lighten it up a little, consider leaving out the parmesan cheese and the breadcrumb topping. Serve it with a colorful salad and you’ll have a great day-after Thanksgiving meal that the whole family will love (and feel good about). 

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What are your favorite ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers? Do you have any good low-cal recipes that we should add to the list? We’d love to hear from you- comment below!