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Creative Breakfast Ideas for Using Thanksgiving Leftovers


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Thanksgiving itself revolves around gathering with family and friends and enjoying a lavish feast that celebrates the bounty of the harvest and all of the blessings that you have to enjoy. The next Elder-Care-in-Spartanburg-SC day or two, though, are all about the leftovers. One thing that most families can rely on about preparing the massive meal of Thanksgiving dinner is that there is going to be plenty left over to enjoy for days to come. As a family caregiver this is a fantastic opportunity to simplify some of your care efforts and maximize your budget. You do not want your parent just relying on reheated plates of food almost identical to the ones that they ate at the meal itself, however. Getting creative with leftovers keeps them interesting, encourages your parent to eat them, and allows you to use them across more meals so that you can maximize the investment of time, energy, and budget you put into those dishes.


Try some of these creative breakfast ideas for using Thanksgiving leftovers after the holiday:

  • Mashed potato pancakes. Potato pancakes are traditionally made with grated potato, but that is not the only way you can prepare them. Take your leftover mashed potatoes, add in an egg, some onion, and some flour, and fry them up to make rich, savory pancakes perfect for topping with sour cream and apple sauce. You can also add chopped up ham or turkey for added flavor and texture.
  • Sweet potato pancakes. If it is sweet potatoes that you have leftover, you can turn those into pancakes as well. Scrape off the marshmallows and nuts if you are using a candied version and remove the meat from the skin if using a baked version. Mix the soft flesh into pancake batter, leave out the oil and egg, and cook up as usual. Top with butter and maple syrup, or melt down that candied topping with a little bit of butter for a sweet and decadent start to the day. Drizzle with warmed cranberry sauce for a bright, seasonal pop of flavor and color.
  • Omelets. The classic omelet is a fantastic catch-all for any type of leftovers, but when you have Thanksgiving leftovers at your disposal, the options are nearly endless. Try adding in turkey, greens, and pearl onions, or a handful of green salad, cheese, and ham. If your family is not a fan of omelets or you want to use up even more of your leftovers, chop up turkey and ham, and fry in a pan with dressing, mashed potatoes, and peas or other vegetables. Top with a fried egg for a hearty hash.


The holiday season is a fantastic time for you to consider starting elder care for your senior. This time of the year can be extremely stressful for you as a family caregiver and for your parent. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider ensure that your loved one’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations are addressed in the way that is right for them. This means that even as you are focusing on the other aspects of celebrating the holiday, including caring for children who are not in school, decorating the home, preparing the feast, and entertaining guests, you can still feel confident that your parent is going to be safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Spartanburg, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116.  Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.


Edward Harrison

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