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Leftover Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Still entertaining family and friends after Thanksgiving? Don’t sweat feeding the masses. Use up Thanksgiving leftovers to keep everyone happy. And even keep it healthy! This menu easily fits into the See Daily Recommendations for a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Tip: Eating small, frequent meals (including snacks) is important so adjust your calorie intake by increasing or decreasing your portion sizes at your main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Things to Remember …
Make Half Your Grains Whole
Vary Your Veggies
Focus on Fruits
Consume Calcium-Rich Foods
Go Lean with Protein
Weekly Menu Ideas: This Week's Menu. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org
Meal Ingredients Calories/Serving
Breakfast Bell Pepper & Onion Strata w/Fresh Salsa, Cantaloupe, Coffee, Milk

1 serving Bell Pepper and Onion Strata with Fresh Salsa
Use leftover dinner rolls in place of bread, just slice in half or thirds
Use leftover veggie tray for the salsa and in the strata


1 cup cantaloupe, diced

1 cup (8oz) coffee

1 cup (8oz) milk, nonfat
377 Calories
Lunch Tarragon & Leftover Turkey Salad, Apple & Fennel Soup, Milk

1 serving Tarragon and Turkey Salad
Use leftover turkey in this salad

1 serving Apple and Fennel Soup
Substitute chicken broth with homemade turkey broth

1 cup (8oz) milk, nonfat
457 Calories
Dinner Spinach & Pesto Pasta, Arugula & Red Onion Salad

1 serving Spinach and Pesto Pasta
Use leftover veggies and any cheese from leftover appetizers that suits your taste

1 serving Arugula and Red Onion Salad
Mix in leftover salad greens that are not mixed with any dressing

2 cups (16oz) water
598 Calories
Snack #1 1 ounce cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
8 wheat cracker, thin style
½ medium apple, sliced
2 cups (16oz) water
210 Calories
Snack #2 1 serving Bruschetta with Roasted Sweet Red Peppers
Use any leftover crusty bread and slice accordingly

2 cups (16oz) water
249 Calories
Snack #3 1 serving Apricot Yogurt Parfaits

1 cup (8oz) tea, decaffeinated
134 Calories

Weekly Menu Ideas: The Breakdown. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

Total Calories: 2,024    
% Fat: 28%
% Saturated Fat: 6%
% Carbohydrate: 50%
% Protein: 21%
Sodium: 1756 mg
Cholesterol: 282 mg
Fiber: 33g
Vitamin A: 207%
Vitamin C: 343%
Calcium: 158%
Grains: 5 ½ ounces
Vegetables: 5 ¼ cups
Fruits: 3 cups
Milk: 3 ½ cups
Meat and Beans: 4 ½ ounces

Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to determine your daily calorie recommendation.
Weekly Menu Ideas: Daily Recommendations for a Healthy, Balanced Diet. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

  • Protein: 10-35%
  • Carbohydrates: 45-65%
  • Fats: 20-35%
  • Saturated fat: <10% of calories
  • Total fat: <35% of calories (unless naturally occurring)
  • Cholesterol: <300 mg
  • Sodium: <2,300 mg*
  • Fiber: 28g/2,000 calories
  • Water: 64 oz/day

*Further reduce intake of sodium to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 or older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.

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