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Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipes

by Jeanette on November 21, 2012 · 12 Comments
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Leftover Turkey Soba Noodle Soup

Leftover Turkey Soba Noodle Soup

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and before you know it, you’ll be staring at all the leftover turkey and side dishes. Some people actually make extra food for Thanksgiving hoping for leftovers. I usually make just enough food to have leftovers for one or two more meals.

As I’ve shared in the past, one of the things I do right after our family finishes Thanksgiving dinner is put a big pot of water on the stove with the turkey bones. I love eating Turkey Congee the next morning using the turkey stock from the leftover turkey bones.

Although I don’t have a picture, I usually also make a casserole the next day, layering all the leftover turkey and side dishes in a big pan, and simply bake it until heated through. All you have to do is serve this casserole with some leftover gravy.

I’m a huge fan of Asian noodle soups, so leftover turkey and turkey broth is a great way to enjoy a bowl of Turkey Soba Noodle Soup.

Another idea would be to make Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, and substitute the ground turkey for chopped leftover turkey. It’s a great way to use up extra carrot and celery sticks as well as mashed potatoes.

Turkey Shepherds Pie

Turkey Shepherds Pie – use leftover turkey in place of ground turkey

What will you be making with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

More Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes:
Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Casserole with Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower Topping, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Leftover Turkey Salad with Indian Spices, Lemon, and Cilantro, Kalyn’s Kitchen
A Trio of Tasty Turkey Recipes (Turkey Tetrazzini, Turkey Enchiladas, Turkey Nachos), Gluten-Free Goddess
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup, Skinnytaste
Baked Tortellini with Turkey, Butternut Squash and Chard, Cookin’ Canuck
Thanksgiving Leftovers: 50 Totally Awesome Recipes, Family Fresh Cooking

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Comments

  1. This all sounds great! I’m a pretty big fan of turkey sandwiches with a little cranberry sauce – a little lame, I know but after all that cooking I want a day off! haha

  2. My dad actually just roasted a 23 # turkey so he could have “leftovers”, and he’s not even hosting Thanksgiving! Like Rachel I am a big fan of turkey sandwiches {with lots of avocado}, and my dad’s turkey soup which I pour over avocado, tortilla strips, cheese, onion & cilantro. Love your round-up of turkey leftovers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Wow, that’s a big turkey! Your dad’s turkey soup sounds fantastic and I’d love to have enough leftovers to make turkey sandwiches too.

  3. I will be making the biggest pot of my Turkey Barley Soup I can. I can not wait!!!! Happy Thanksgiving Jeanette :)

    • Turkey Barley Soup sounds like a perfect meal following a big Thanksgiving meal! I made Turkey Congee this year, similar but with brown rice.

  4. These are some fabulous turkey ideas! I love that you won’t feel like your arteries are clogging as you eat them…I think we’ll all have enough of THAT sensation today!

  5. Always looking for yummy ways to use up the leftovers! Thanks for posting.

  6. So many tasty options! I hope you had a great holiday feast, and thanks for including my Leftover Turkey Salad.

    • Hi Kalyn – hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I always love hearing what everyone else does with their leftover turkey – you have some great ideas!

  7. I always make some kind of Pho with ours or turkey tacos for the hubby. I love the suggestions to get me out of my rut.

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