Thankful for … leftovers

By Jen Boggs

People spend hours, sometimes days, creating a beautiful Thanksgiving meal … but may I make a confession? My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers.

Maybe it’s because I’m an only child, or maybe food is better after the flavors have a chance to develop, but there is nothing quite like opening up that Tupperware cornucopia (Tupper-copia?) and discovering thick pieces of ham, sweet potatoes (with marshmallows), and – wait, is that a piece of pecan pie I see?

Here’s my favorite T-day leftovers recipe. It’s quick, easy, and so, so good!

Turkey leftovers sandwich

© stevem

Turkey leftovers sandwich


  • Fresh baked bread (I like a heart multigrain, but get what you enjoy.)
  • Strips of leftover turkey
  • Thickly sliced cheddar cheese
  • Leafy greens
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mayonnaise


Stir the cranberry sauce into the mayonnaise to taste. (Make extra so you’ll have some on hand for the next day too.) Spread the cran-mayo on the bread, stack up the rest of the ingredients in whatever order you like, and then eat! (I like mine with a cold glass of milk.)

There you have it. The perfect snack for watching “Die Hard” in your pajamas after everyone’s gone home. Happy Leftovers, everyone!

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.