Thanksgiving in a Jar!

by Marla on November 23, 2012 · 27 comments

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Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

Hopefully you guys survived Thanksgiving with grins, giggles, memories and lots of leftovers! Sometimes I enjoy post celebration feasts even more than the big day.

Thanksgiving in a jar is simple to prepare.  All you really need to do is make a Big Batch of quinoa. If you all ready have my Quinoa Stuffing prepared then you you are seconds from a warm & tasty meal.

Quinoa in a Jar |

Nothing like sitting down to a delicious meal that is at the ready when you are.

We love fluffy quinoa, it takes no time at all to cook & is energetic food. Alternatively you could use leftover stuffing.

Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

All you need to do to create your very own Thanksgiving in a Jar is layer all of your holiday leftovers in a mason jar.

You will need some turkeycranberry sauce.

Nutty Brussels Sprouts on

Nutty brussels sprouts or green beans.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes on

Mashed sweet potatoes. Don’t forget the gravy too.

You can also use mashed potatoes, or scalloped potatoes for that matter.

Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

What could be more simple + tasty?

Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

These jars are perfect if you have to race off to work or school and you want to bring Thanksgiving with you!

Thanksgiving in a Jar | Leftovers Recipe |

How do you like to use those Thanksgiving leftovers?

Thanksgiving in a Jar!

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 1 Thanksgiving in a Jar



  • Layer all ingredients in a jar (excluding cranberry sauce) and heat up in the microwave or 400 F oven until warm. Carefully place jar on a plate with oven mitts as it will be hot. Alternatively you can enjoy this cold too. Top with cranberry sauce.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa November 23, 2012 at 6:44 am

Beautiful! This is a fabulous creation. I love the idea.




2 Marla November 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thanks Rosa!


3 susan November 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

You have made food look very pretty! Great idea, Marla!


4 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

So cute. At Thanksgiving dinner, my family makes fun of how I’ll try and get a little bit of everything on my fork when I take a bite. But that’s the best way–all the flavors and textures are amazing together! I think I’d make mine “Thanksgiving in a bowl” though–I don’t have any jars big enough for all the things I’d want to add! :)


5 Marla November 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Michelle, that is a smart idea ~ probably neater too! I also love to get a bit of each flavor in every bite.


6 HeatherChristo November 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

So Cute! I have to say that your Thanksgiving is notably healthier than mine- but I am inspired! I love leftovers, and this is an adorable way to eat them!


7 Marla November 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Heather, I can’t help it. Even for the holidays I tend to stick to my usual ways. Still as tasty though!


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

The Nutty brussels sprouts or the mashed sweet potatoes look just lovely in those jars – and with the cranberry sauce, so fun!

Hope you guys had a great day!


9 Marla November 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Averie, I thought those brussels sprouts did look super pretty in jars too!


10 Lisa November 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

Great idea to give guests their leftovers!


11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

What a great idea and a fun way to breath new life into Thanksgiving leftovers.


12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

An inspired way to serve leftovers, I love it!


13 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

What a wonderful idea!! I love all of the jars you made!


14 Sanjeeta kk November 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

Awee..what lovely colors..never though you could present a food as simple as Quinoa in such innovative way! Only you can do that, Marla..beautiful usual.


15 Marla November 24, 2012 at 4:06 am

Thanks so much Sanjeeta!


16 Joanne November 24, 2012 at 6:07 am

I could totally see Thanksgiving tasting even better out of a jar. What a cute idea! And thanks so much for linking up to my croquettes!


17 cathy @ Noble Pig November 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

I love the photos in this post Marla, very creative.


18 Marla November 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

Thanks so much Cathy!


19 Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen November 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

What a great way to send off leftovers with the kids. So pretty too!


20 Kiran @ November 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

This is so creative, Marla!! Bet i can have my thanksgiving treat on the road too :)


21 Esi December 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

What a gorgeous, healthy way to use up leftovers.


22 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles November 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

I am in total love with this. GORGEOUS, Marla!


23 Heather @ French Press November 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

oh my god, I just LOVE this idea – of course you make it all looks so beautiful


24 deloom November 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

Love this! What a sweet way to send leftovers home!


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