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7 Easy Recipes for All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

As a college student, there’s no better time of year than Thanksgiving, where you can go home and eat until you’re over stuffed, then take all of the leftovers you can imagine back to your apartment or house. (And as a broke college student, it’s essentially your right to take all of the Thanksgiving leftovers.)

foil-covered pans in the fridgeThanksgiving Recipes Any College Student Can Make

But if you’re bored of eating the same meal, here are a few easy recipes that you can make out of your Thanksgiving leftovers, no matter your cooking skill level.

1. The Best Sandwich You’ve Ever Eaten

Ham, turkey, or pork, it doesn’t matter. The best sandwich you’ll ever eat is also the easiest to make.

Just take one of those awesome yeast rolls from Thanksgiving dinner and pile it high with all of the meat, lettuce, sauces, cheese, and toppings your stomach desires.

You can even put a toothpick on it and make it worthy of InstaGram.

2. Restaurant-Worthy Gourmet Mac & Cheese

Mix some of the family recipe macaroni and cheese with some of the leftover turkey, and throw in a few Italian spices to make this leftover Thanksgiving side worthy of a fine dining establishment.

3. The Martha Stewart Turkey & Mashed Potato Pot Pie

Before you leave home to go back to school, cook up a delicious pot pie using some spices, turkey, and mashed potatoes. Here’s a basic version of the Martha Stewart recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Add turkey, seasoning, and peas to a baking pan.
  3. Spread mashed potatoes on top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. 

4. Sweet Cranberry Pancakes

Who says Thanksgiving leftovers are just good for lunch? Cook yourself a sweet breakfast treat and drizzle cranberry sauce over top of your morning pancakes. Bonus points if they’re chocolate chip pancakes.

5. Terrific Tomato & Turkey Tacos

This is a totally college student-approved leftover recipe. Just take turkey, tomato chunks, taco seasoning, and whatever else you like to add to your tacos and wrap them all up in a tortilla.

6. Plain Jane Pumpkin Pie & Ice Cream

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than plain ol’ pumpkin pie. You don’t need to spice this one up with anything. Just add ice cream to the side and relive your best Thanksgiving moments.

leftover ham in plastic bags in the fridge7. A Thanksgiving Smorgasbord

Can’t decide what to make? Just throw it all together.

Grab several Tupperware containers and throw a bit of everything in there — turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes — then shake it all up for a Thanksgiving leftover surprise.

Use Thanksgiving Leftovers as Brain Food for Finals

So not only is Thanksgiving the best (and free) meal you can ever have as a college student, it’s also a way to eat cheap in the coming days when you get back to school.

Since finals are coming up, Thanksgiving leftovers can also be the perfect meal for a long night of studying.

If you’re tired of eating Thanksgiving leftovers and looking for another cheap place to eat near NC State’s campus, or if you need a last-minute print job for dead week or finals, use the 2015 NCSU student commuter guide to help you out. Best of luck during your last day of fall semester classes!



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