Budget Recipes #1: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey avocado salad, Thanksgiving sandwich, turkey fajita bowls

Hey everyone! I’ve reflected on all the feedback you’ve given me from that little survey I sent out recently, and I think I’ve found a sweet-spot on how to give you exactly what you’re looking for.

Each week, I’ll be sharing 3 free budget recipes, as most of you were just looking for new ideas of what to cook.

For those who love the meal plans, I’ll also continue to share weekly meal plans when you opt-in to the monthly or annual Budget Meal Planner subscription. The first issue will send out on Friday, December 6.

If you decide to sign up later, don’t worry! Once you join a subscription, you will be able to view the previous meal plans that have been sent out.

One thing that’s changing is that I’m scaling the full meal plans down to a 5-day schedule. After reading your feedback, I’ve learned that it’s unrealistic to map out what you’ll eat every single day, all day long.

So, throwing in 2 ‘free-for-all’ days makes the most sense, as then you can have a cheat day or have a day out with your friends without messing up your meal plan.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I’m sure you have a ton of leftovers. I figured sharing a few recipes on how to use up everything would come in handy. Enjoy!

Turkey Avocado Salad

Ingredients: spinach, turkey, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tomato, salad dressing of choice or olive oil and vinegar

My favorite way to use up leftover roasted turkey (or even chicken) is by throwing it on top of a salad. This is a super simple recipe, just chop the avocado, cucumber and tomato, and mix with spinach. Add a bit of dressing, and ta-da! A super quick and easy lunch.

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 slices of bread, turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes

It’s a Thanksgiving plate stacked perfectly as a sandwich! Start with a slice a bread and layer turkey, some stuffing, a bit of mashed potatoes, and finish with a spread of cranberry sauce. Add the top piece of bread and you’re done!

Some people may find mashed potatoes on a sandwich is odd, feel free to omit it and eat on the side instead.

Turkey Fajita Bowls

Ingredients: turkey, 1/2 bell pepper, 1 cup cooked rice, fajita seasoning (substitute: taco seasoning or a blend of your own spices), 1/2 avocado

Simply add bell pepper slices to a pan over medium heat and allow them to cook until slightly softened. Add in turkey and fajita seasoning and cook until meat is warmed through.

Add fajita mixture to a bowl of rice and top with 1/2 an avocado!