|November 10, 2021

Holiday Leftover Recipe: An Easy, Delicious Way to Repurpose What’s Left of Your Holiday Meal

By Jordan Pie
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Holiday Leftover Recipe: An Easy, Delicious Way to Repurpose What’s Left of Your Holiday Meal

Ready to transform leftover turkey, veggies and gravy into something equally delicious as the holiday meal from which they came? Put those comfort food ingredients to good use by creating a yummy, stick-to-your-ribs dish that requires minimal prep work. Not only is this holiday leftover recipe incredibly easy to make, but it also allows you the flexibility to put your own twist on things.

Instead of turning the remnants of your Thanksgiving dinner into a carb-heavy turkey pot pie or a turkey sandwich stuffed with leftover cranberry sauce and leftover stuffing, this route keeps things a bit more-macro friendly. Turkey leftovers (chicken or beef also work great!) provide protein and fat, and a variety of veggies bring micronutrients and fiber. Plus, how can you go wrong with a recipe that includes a few spoonfuls of leftover creamy gravy drizzled over top?

The best part?

You have the freedom to go in any direction you choose. If you didn’t have sweet potatoes on your holiday meal menu, simply repurpose another side dish instead. Crispy baked potatoes or oven-roasted green beans would work wonderfully alongside your protein of choice. And, while our version includes a veggie puree made of cauliflower and zucchini, you could certainly use leftover mashed potatoes as a substitute.

So, after your friend and family have filled their hungry bellies, treat yourself to a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers you’ll never forget.

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Festive Holiday Leftover Recipe

What do you do with that fridge full of post-party platters? This holiday leftover recipe is a great way to repurpose those ingredients.
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Total Time30 minutes
CourseMain Dishes
DietGrain-Free, Whole30
Servings1 person


  • 5 oz pasture turkey breast (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup roasted brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup roasted turnips
  • 1/4 cup roasted carrots
  • 3 tbsp leftover gluten-free gravy (Use Creamy Paleo Onion Gravy recipe)
  • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes (pureed)
  • fresh herbs for garnishing


  • Preheat the oven to 320°F.
  • Spoon the veggie puree onto the plate.
  • Place the sliced chicken or turkey breast onto the plate, along with your roasted veggie mixture.
  • Place the oven-safe plate into the oven to reheat for 15-20 minutes.
  • When it's ready, carefully remove the plate with an oven mitt.
  • Garnish with gravy and a sprinkle of fresh herbs to complete this easy holiday leftover recipe.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 312
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Net Carbs: 20 g
  • Sodium: 378 mg
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