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This Thanksgiving, Dole and I are encouraging families and individuals to include greens in their meals! We know that Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday to eat healthy for, but with a few little swaps and the addition of fresh Dole greens, it can be done!

I was completely stumped while trying to think of a healthy Thanksgiving recipe until I saw my friends Taryn and Julia the other day. I asked them, what is a dish that gets left out during Thanksgiving? Something uncommon. That’s when it hit us as we were all talking – there’s plenty of delicious side dishes for Thanksgiving, but there also tons of leftovers, and not much to do with them – except for eat the same meal over and over again for an entire week. I’ve surprisingly never made a sandwich out of leftover Thanksgiving food, but I am alllllll over it this year!

Since most Thanksgiving leftovers are pretty rich, I added some fresh Dole Spinach and my new favorite type of “bun” to my Thanksgiving sammy! I just recently discovered sweet potato buns, and I seriously wish I knew about them sooner. When baked with olive oil, they taste amazing as a bread or bun replacement, plus they’re loaded with beta-Carotene which is excellent for vision.

Sweet Potato Buns

The biggest (widest) sweet potatoes you can find.
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice sweet potato into 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch thick slices. Coat both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the sweet potato rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-30 minutes. Flip the sweet potatoes halfway through baking.

Leftovers Sandwich Ingredient Ideas

Dole fresh spinach or sautéed spinach
Tofu Turkey (or regular turkey)
Cranberry sauce
Creamed corn
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Gravy
Green beans
Stuffing

I hope you have a happy & healthy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
xo-Catherine

For more healthy thanksgiving recipes, check out Dole’s Butternut Squash with Eggplant-Pomegranate Sauce, Caramelized Pear, Roasted Tomato and Lentil SaladVegetable & Kale Au Gratin, and Roast Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

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29 Comments on Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my family (as always), but they have really stepped up to the plate for me this year and it is simply amazing!

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  2. Rosie
    November 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Love this! I’ve never thought of sweet potatoes as buns!

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  3. Rosie
    November 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh and I’m thankful for my sweet children, 4 boys…yes its wild. 😉

    Reply
  4. Elizabeth
    November 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my health! I am a personal trainer (who went through my own 80+ pound weight loss…but I haven’t had the courage to blog about all of that for my business yet)…and I will recommend this tasty recipe to my clients! I’ve put up a few healthy holiday recipes of my own that all take less than 5 minutes of hands-on time to prepare 🙂

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    • Catherine
      November 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm (6 years ago)

      Elizabeth, you should share your story! I was so nervous to share mine, but it is so rewarding being able to help people by simply sharing the personal journey you’ve been through!

      Reply
  5. Ally
    November 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm (6 years ago)

    My family and I always make sandwiches the next couple of days after Thanksgiving. It’s an easy way to get rid of alllll the leftovers, but they are never this great looking! I’m going to have to try this on Thursday!

    Also – I’m thankful for all of the wonderful people and opportunities that I have in my life 🙂

    Reply
  6. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    November 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m most thankful for friendsgivings with great friends, thanksgiving with family, and all the delicious food that comes with it.

    Reply
  7. ammauceri
    November 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my parents and their generosity. They take care of me, no matter how old I get! 🙂

    Reply
  8. Ana
    November 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Thankful for my family support to get me started in life!

    Reply
  9. Alison
    November 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)

    My family!

    Reply
  10. Ivie
    November 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for the endless love I have in my life

    Reply
  11. Sofia
    November 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had this year.

    Reply
  12. christina
    November 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    my family!

    Reply
  13. Debie Grace
    November 25, 2014 at 5:05 am (6 years ago)

    Looks very delicious!!

    Reply
  14. Lisa S
    November 25, 2014 at 9:52 am (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my friends!

    Reply
  15. Carmen
    November 25, 2014 at 9:57 am (6 years ago)

    I am thankful for my husband and our health! (of course the rest of my family too :))

    Reply
  16. Jessica
    November 25, 2014 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    Sweet potato buns? Sounds devine!!!

    Reply
  17. April V
    November 25, 2014 at 11:31 am (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for a happy, healthy family!

    Reply
  18. Amy Perry
    November 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my family and those in my life who support me.

    Reply
  19. Molly D.
    November 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m so thankful to be spending the holidays with my family. I wasn’t able to last year so it’s nice to make up for it. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
  20. Kate
    November 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I can’t wait to make this, yay!
    I’m thankful for my friends and family as well as my health! Go vegan!!! 🙂

    Reply
  21. LaurenP
    November 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I am thankful for my family and my parents initiative to start living a healthier lifestyle!

    Reply
  22. Deborah Gardner
    November 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m expecting so I’m thankful for my (soon-to-be )family!

    Reply
  23. Raeleen
    November 26, 2014 at 7:22 am (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful for my husband and my health! And kale!

    Reply
  24. aliciamcelhaney
    November 26, 2014 at 11:40 am (6 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea! And I’m super pumped/thankful to be celebrating this Thanksgiving by enjoying my family, rather than freaking out about what I’m eating all day. 🙂

    Reply
  25. DarlinRae
    November 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Mmm love sweet potatoes! I’m thankful for my husband–we just got married on Saturday! 😀

    Reply
  26. Michele
    November 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m thankful that I get to spend my Thanksgiving with the people I love the most!

    Reply

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