Leftover Turkey Ideas

You’ve had your day of thanks… and you still have a ton of that beautiful bird left. You don’t want to get stuck eating the same Thanksgiving plate over and over until you’ve finished it all up. It gets boring, fast! So, what do you do?

Here are some great easy fixes to use up that leftover turkey and not get sick of it!

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Turkey Pot Pie

Good ol’ belly-warming turkey pot pie. Usually during the holidays, ready-made pie crusts and dough are on sale, so I try to buy a few packages to have readily available in my freezer for pies, quiche, and pot pie. Take the turkey leftovers and toss in some diced carrots, celery and peas with 1/2 a carton of cream of whatever you choose… pop it in the oven and bake at 350° for about an hour or until crust is golden.

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Turkey shredded with butternut squash noodles, shredded carrots, snap peas, Thai basil and a dash of lime. Add a drizzle of your favorite Thai peanut sauce or curry simmering sauce. Heat it up in a pan or wok and you have dinner on the table in minutes!

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Spinach and shredded turkey salad

Add some shredded turkey to a heaping handful of fresh spinach, butternut squash noodles or shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.

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Buffalo Turkey Salad

This versatile and low-carb dish can be eaten with a fork, wrapped in lettuce or scooped with cucumber slices. Really simple to whip up too! 🙌🏼 Grab shredded 2 cups shredded turkey | 1/2 cup mayo | 2 chopped celery stalks | 2-3 teaspoons buffalo seasoning | 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning.

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Turkey and Veggie Soup

You can add noodles or eat it without… and you can have bone broth made from the turkey bones as well, so don’t toss that turkey when it’s down to bare bones. Simply put the entire leftover turkey in a large pot, cover with water and add diced carrots, celery, potatoes and herbs. Eat the soup for dinner and save the remaining strained broth for future use.

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Turkey and Red Pepper Soup

Combine a ready-made container of roasted red pepper and tomato soup with a can of kidney and a can of black beans. Add in some shredded turkey and heat up! Top with grilled onions before serving. This is hearty enough on its own or with a side of grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Turkey and Gnocchi or Turkey and Dumplings Soup

Add turkey and homemade bone broth to this belly warming dish.  I like to add carrots, celery and garden herbs with a package of gnocchi or with biscuit dough. Thicken up the broth with heavy whipping cream or full-fat canned coconut milk.

Hope these recipes help you break up the monotony of leftovers!

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