While Thanksgiving leftovers are undoubtedly delicious, the surplus of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce can be a little overwhelming. Rather than reaching for turkey sandwiches all weekend, we’re turning to Nathasha Newton, cookbook author and founder of Keto is Life, for some clever alternatives. From a creamy turkey salad to comforting soups and more, here are four innovative recipes to make the most of those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Easy Turkey Salad

If you’re tired of dry post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, this creamy turkey salad serves as a delicious substitute. The low-maintenance recipe uses shredded leftover turkey in addition to leftover cranberry sauce for a fun topping. To elevate the dish further, Natasha recommends using lettuce leaves, leftover dinner rolls, bread, or baby spinach when serving. To see the full recipe, click HERE.

A bowl and plate of creamy turkey salad, next to a pile of lettuce leaves.
You can find the recipe for this easy turkey salad HERE.

Creamy Tuscan Turkey Soup

Another fabulous use for leftover turkey is this creamy, comforting Tuscan soup. Not only is it the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day, but it also changes the flavor profile of your leftover turkey. Simply throw the turkey in a stockpot with some spices, herbs, heavy whipping cream, and tomatoes for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. And don’t forget to sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top! You can view the full recipe HERE.

Bowl of creamy Tuscan turkey soup.
Find the recipe for this creamy Tuscan turkey soup HERE.

Green Chile Turkey Soup

Another delicious soup recipe to add to your lineup, this green chile turkey soup adds a kick of flavor o your leftover turkey, thanks to the addition of diced green chilies. A great dump-and-go recipe, Natasha recommends topping your soup with shredded Mexican cheese, sliced jalapeño peppers, and fresh cilantro leaves. To view the full recipe, click HERE.

Bowl of green chile turkey soup.
To see the complete green chile soup recipe, click HERE.

Cranberry Walnut Baked Brie

This recipe is a win-win. If you have leftover cranberry sauce and you’re still feeding a lingering holiday crowd, this baked Brie is sure to check all the boxes. Not only is the dish a delicious appetizer or snack, but even if you don’t have leftover cranberry sauce, it’s a breeze to whip up a fresh batch! To see the full recipe, click HERE.

(SB Tip: If you need a cranberry sauce recipe, you can find Natasha’s sugar-free option HERE.)

A batch of cranberry walnut baked Brie
To see the full cranberry walnut baked Brie recipe, click HERE.

And there you have it — four creative recipes to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers! If you’re looking for even more delicious recipes like these, keep an eye out for Natasha’s newest cookbook release, Let’s Celebrate: A Low-Carb Cookbook for Year-Round Entertaining, available on January 10.

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All photography in this article is by Natasha Newton.


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Brianna Goebel

Brianna is StyleBlueprint’s Associate Editor and Sponsored Content Manager. She is an avid fan of iced coffee and spends her free time reading all things true crime.