On Thursday, you will devour a feast.
And on Friday... well, it will probably be much of the same. But if you want to mix things up from your usual turkey sandwich—or balance out the gravy with some vegetables—that can be arranged.
(Don't worry: Stuffing is still involved.)
“Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish," says Sarah Galletti, the founder of Tattooed Chef, a company focused on plant-based foods. "When my family gets together, we make a ton of it so that we can have leftovers for at least a week." But stuffing is typically heavy, full of bread, butter and eggs, so she decided to make something lighter—and then put it in a bag.
Her stuffing recipe includes riced cauliflower with carrots, dried cranberries, leeks, onions, celery and herbs. It's available to purchase at stores like Sprouts and Walmart and online via Instacart. She says it "has a really nice consistency and so much versatility. "You can pair it with bold-flavored toppings and/or sauces, throw it inside a taco shell, and have a delicious meal that feels good to eat.”
Yes, tacos. In this case, Thanksgiving Leftover Tacos. They're easy to make, using many of the items you'll already have on hand. And they're a relatively light option to eat on Friday while you recover from Thursday. Of course, you can still slather them in gravy if you want. We won't tell.
Thanksgiving Leftover Tacos
- 6-8 flour tortillas
- 1/4 cup leftover turkey or plant-based protein of choice, cubed or shredded
- 1 tablespoon leftover cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons Tattooed Chef Riced Cauliflower Stuffing
- 2 tablespoons leftover sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons Swiss cheese or another mild cheese
- Heat a pan that is larger than the diameter of your tortillas over medium-high heat. Do not oil the pan. When the pan is hot, place the tortilla directly into the pan, and heat for about 45 seconds, until the bottom is browned in spots. Then use tongs to flip it over and warm the other side for about 45 seconds.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat.
- Add stuffing and cook for 9 minutes with lid on. Stir occasionally.
- Remove lid, lower heat and stir occasionally until liquid evaporates for an additional 1-4 minutes.
- Let stand for 2 minutes.
- Assemble by layering your taco with leftover ingredients, stuffing and cheese.