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14 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

In this article you will find the answer to your question “what do you make from Thanksgiving leftovers?” And, more specifically, you’ll find Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes to help you use up all of that delicious food!

When you think about Thanksgiving, as a vegan, you don’t necessarily think ‘hmmm…what type of sandwich can I make with these thanksgiving leftovers?’

Nope, us vegans think slightly different….

It’s more like ‘what do I use this extra mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, or vegan mac and ‘cheese’ in?’

So, that is what you will learn about in this post, with some delicious recipes from some amazing food bloggers all over the internet!

Don’t worry, there’s still a Thanksgiving Leftover’s sandwich idea down below, just in case this is your first year being vegan and you don’t want to change what you do on Holidays by too much (too soon)!

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Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas + Recipes!

vegan pull-apart cranberry eggnog rolls

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What better way to start using up Thanksgiving leftovers than by making dessert! Impress your friends and family this holiday season by showing up with this Vegan Pull-Apart Cranberry Eggnog Rolls! Make them festive into the shape of a Christmas tree, or go traditional with a wreath formation. Either way, they’re sure to be a hit!

Apple Pie Quick Bread

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Use up your leftover applesauce with this delicious seasonal gluten-free vegan apple pie BREAD!


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Vegan sweet potato brownie cookies that is gooey and decadent. Only 6 ingredients required , gluten-free & oil-free. A perfect sweet treat to end your day! It is also a really great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving!


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Leftover cranberry sauce? These oat bars are a great way to enjoy the tart seasonal berry for breakfast, snack, or dessert!


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This Bubble and Squeak is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and so easy to make using leftover mashed potatoes and any vegetables! Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Vegan Potato Cakes with Carrot and Rice

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These vegan potato cakes made with leftover mashed potatoes, rice, carrots, onions, and parsley! These potato cakes are crispy, lovely from the outside, but super soft from the inside.Hide or report this

Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

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Have leftover mac and cheese? Make these super easy mac and gluten-free vegan cheese bites!

Best Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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This vegan shepherds pot pie is easy to whip up, especially if you already have leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving just waiting to get used up!

Sweet Potato And Red Pepper Soup

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 If you’re stuck with some leftover sweet potatoes, this Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup is a great way to make use of this vegetable. The secret to this sweet soup is to roast the vegetables first.

Vegan Pumpkin Tacos

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Do you have leftover pumpkin? We always make too much but we creatively use the leftovers to turn them into delicious vegan tacos. Quick and easy to make, they are the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast or lunch.

Easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)

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Bought too many cans of pumpkin? Repurpose it into this super simple slow cooker pumpkin butter!


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Sometimes the holiday leftovers taste even better the next day. This epic sandwich is definitely one you’ll look forward to. 

Easy Sweet Potato Soup Vegan Recipe

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 Use your leftover sweet potatoes to make this sweet potato soup.


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These Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowls take all of your delicious vegan Thanksgiving leftovers and transform them into a delicious one bowl meal! Pack it with plant-based chickpea power for a comforting meal that’s ready in no time.


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Now, to Answer Your VEGAN Thanksgiving Questions…

Because I know everyone wonders what vegans actually eat, or do, on Thanksgiving (or whether or not we even acknowledge the holiday) because many people refer to it as ‘Turkey day’. And we obviously don’t eat turkey!

Plus, since all of the recipes above use Thanksgiving leftovers, we’ll go over a few ‘leftover’s’ questions, as well!

What do vegans do for Thanksgiving? 

Believe it or not, vegans celebrate Thanksgiving just like other Americans do; just minus the turkey and other non-vegan foods.

Those of us who like football; watch football.

Those of us who enjoy baking pumpkin pie and putting together Thanksgiving dinners, still do. We just have our own, dare I say healthier (and way better) recipes.

Being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the same holidays as everyone else. It simply means that we ‘veganize’ dishes that aren’t vegan friendly. And honestly, most dishes aren’t that hard to ‘veganize’!

What can I do with my Thanksgiving leftovers? 

As you saw above, there are a lot of things you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Use one of the recipes above.

Do a few mismatch meals where you just eat weird combinations of different leftovers at once. (Kids love this by the way.)

Freeze your leftovers.

Or, let your kids figure out what to make out of the leftovers and get their creative juices flowing!

How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good for?

The amount of time Thanksgiving leftovers are good for depends on which leftovers you are asking about and how you save them.

If saving it in the fridge, then the general rule is about 3 to 4 days for just about anything.

If freezing the food, then it could last for a few months. Again, it depends on what it is, but leftovers can usually last in the freezer for 2 to 6 months.

So, if you’re not planning, or unable, to eat all of your leftovers in 3 to 4 days after Thanksgiving, then be sure to freeze them so they don’t go to waste!

For more tips on saving food, check out THIS ARTICLE!

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