by Sarah Romero, contributing writer

When Thanksgiving dinner is over, you’re often left with heaping piles of turkey and bowls of cranberry sauce. Rather than eat the same meal for the next three days, mix it up with these six delicious recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for a soup, salad, sandwich, dessert or savory comfort food, these recipes will use up the turkey while giving  your family some variety.

Turkey Chili
Turkey Chili
Inspired by Deer Valley Resort’s famous turkey chili, this hearty soup makes leftover turkey taste amazing. Use extra rolls to dip in the soup. Here is the recipe.


Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini
Turkey-Cran Panini
This simple Panini makes a great lunch or dinner for the day after Thanksgiving. Use leftover rolls or choose your favorite type of bread. Between slices, spoon some cranberry sauce on top of turkey and Brie cheese, and then grill until the cheese is melted.


Turkey Waldorf Salad
waldorf salad
After a heavy dinner the night before, this healthy salad is a refreshing way to use leftover turkey. This traditional Waldorf salad combines celery, grapes, apples, walnuts and turkey in a deliciously creamy dressing. Get the recipe here.


Cranberry Carrot Whole-Wheat Muffins
cranberry muffins
Cranberry carrot muffins are a unique way to use leftover cranberry sauce. These tasty muffins make a great breakfast or snack. Get the recipe here.


Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
shepherd's pie copy
Too many mashed potatoes and veggies? This shepherd’s pie combines turkey and veggies in a savory sauce, topped with creamy mashed potatoes. It’s the perfect comfort food for the days after Thanksgiving. Get the recipe here.

 Apple Cranberry Crisp
cranberry crisp
Use your leftover cranberry sauce in this apple cranberry crisp. Brown sugar and oat crumbles melt into the sweet filling of apples and cranberries, creating a tasty dessert to top with vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe here.