These 3 Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas Secretly Add Fiber to The Family Table

These 3 Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas Secretly Add Fiber to The Family Table

It’s November. There’s a chill in the air that stings a little sharper than last month and it’s nearly time for the most thanks-filled holiday of them all, Thanksgiving. In the middle of all the chaos and hubbub that surrounds this potentially stressful holiday, there is a saving grace: Thanksgiving leftovers. And while we’ve got a deep appreciation for traditional leftovers -- your reheated green bean casseroles and turkey sandwiches topped with cranberry sauce -- we thought about what it’d be like to take these same leftover fixins to a whole 'nother level. So it’s our absolute pleasure to present these three creative, shockingly refreshing ideas for how to repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers, all with a high fiber twist, as you and the family gather together this holiday season. 

A buttery, flakey crust sits atop this savory pot pie filled with all the classic Thanksgiving flavors, blended and harmonized together. A pot pie is a great way to use up any leftover turkey you’ve got in a way that’ll ensure it doesn’t dry out, and use a lot of it in one go. The recipe also calls for onions, celery and carrots, so any of those raw veggies that didn’t find their way into a dish for the big meal would do well to get diced up and tossed into the mix. You’ll need flour for both the mixture and the pie crust, so make sure you’ve got a bag of Flourish high fiber flour on hand! Once the pot pie comes out of the oven, give it a few minutes before you dig in and serve it up, as it will be hot hot hot. Very scientifically, the time it takes to wrangle all the kids and uncles to the table for the meal is the exact right amount of time we’d recommend before enjoying!

With the versatility to deliver sweet, salty and spicy morsels in their tiny pillowed packages, the pierogi is the perfect bite-sized vehicle to transport all manner of Thanksgiving leftovers to hungry bellies. The soft, elastic dough in this recipe is user-friendly and very forgiving, so even if you’re a novice, this is the perfect entrance into the delicious world of pierogi. The best part of going all in on pierogi leftovers is that you can stick literally anything inside it, top it with a smattering of cheese and call it a meal. You want a mashed potatoes and peas pierogi? Done. Stuffing and candied sweet potato? Yes, ma’am. Turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes and corn? Check, please! Dipped in a tangy sour cream graced with a bit of Dijon mustard, you and your guests will be clamoring for the recipe and more pierogi! We’ve got high hopes for this buttery, rich take on Thanksgiving leftovers that is sure to marry childhood flavors, memories of home with the best Black Friday eats in town.

Hearty, full of fiber, and topped with a crunchy, sweet streusel, these cranberry sauce oat breakfast muffins are ideal for a slow, lazy morning after Thanksgiving Day. With rolled oats AND Flourish flour all packed into one muffin, these breakfast muffins are high in fiber and lower in net carbs than your traditional breakfast fare, which on a food-heavy holiday like Thanksgiving is truly something to be grateful for. If you’re Thanksgiving table is like ours, you’ll have approximately a gallon and a half of extra cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving because *MawMaw voice* “You wouldn’t want to run out now, would ya?” Enter the breakfast muffin. Adding your family’s brand of homemade cranberry sauce (or cran-apple, cran-orange, or even cran-pineapple sauce) to the batter is a crafty way to add a tart finish to these hearty muffins. They’re best served warm and fresh out of the oven, so if you’re a late sleeper after all that tryptophan-induced sleep, make sure you set an alarm or three so you don’t miss out.

We hope these recipe ideas have inspired you to take up the mantle of Master of Leftovers this Thanksgiving. It’s not much, but it’s honest work 😋 And as with everything we do here at Flourish, we hope our sneaky little flour provides some added fiber to help keep your family healthy and surrounded by the best company you could ever wish to bake with.

Happy Thanksgiving and may your leftovers be blessed this year,

Your Flourish Family