By April Dupee
Thanksgiving means three things: family, gratitude, and leftovers—lots and lots of leftovers.
Good thing soups are ideal for using up whatever you have on hand. With a tasty stock, seasonings, and just about any meat, veggies, legumes, and grains, you can create a satisfying and nutritious meal. Just throw all the ingredients together and let the stovetop do the work for you. No precise measurements and stressing required.
When Thanksgiving is over and you’re staring at a fridge filled with turkey and a collection of side dishes, then give these recipes a try. Packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, these soups are the ultimate healthy cold-weather food.
Introducing farro: The protein- and fiber-packed ancient grain with a dense chewy texture perfect for a hearty weeknight soup. Combine this nutritious grain with vitamin D-rich mushrooms and leftover stuffing ingredients like carrots, onions, celery, and thyme for a satisfying and healthy meal. Want an extra boost of fiber and flavor? Add some of your leftover veggie sides, too.
Need a break from cooking after the holiday? Enter this simple soup dinner for the fastest and easiest healthy meal. Start with a filling can of soup like lentil or black bean that provides fiber and protein. Then, add some onion, a little cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt, and whatever Thanksgiving veggies you have on hand. This recipe also calls for Canadian bacon, which is perfect if you have extra ham from the big day.
Pho fans—you’ll want to try this one. This soup recipe from Food52 swaps traditional beef for turkey, which is simmered in a delicious broth made with warming spices like coriander, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon. Add powerhouse kale, digestion-soothing ginger, and veggies of your choice for a nutritious post-Turkey Day meal.
Chili: The ultimate comfort food that’s also super good for you. What more could you ask for? Grind up your leftover turkey and combine with kidney beans for a protein-packed dinner. This chili also adds cashews for a boost of vitamins and minerals like cold-fighting zinc. Did we mention it takes less than 10 minutes to make?
Okay, chicken might be in the title, but this classic would be just as delicious with leftover turkey. In addition to the soul-soothing flavors of onion, garlic, and celery, this recipe includes common Thanksgiving foods like kale and sweet potatoes, which provide a healthy dose of skin-boosting vitamins A and C.
Your leftover stuffing just got a major makeover in this Food Network recipe. Stuffing-turned-dumplings are combined with leftover turkey, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic for a Thanksgiving meal reimagined.
Do you have any leftover butternut squash? Then you’ll want to make this hearty and satisfying soup. Cannellini beans pack tons of protein, gut-friendly fiber, and essential B vitamins, while butternut squash, kale, and garlic bring in the antioxidants. The recipe also calls for spicy chicken sausage, but feel free to swap this with extra turkey.