Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Twenty-Five Tasty Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) and Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

25 Tasty Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken!)
If you happen to end up with some, here are 25 Tasty Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken!)

(Updated with more new ideas for turkey leftovers November 2013.)  I love to write round-up posts spotlighting my favorite recipes, but the problem with food blogging is that every year you try more recipes that end up being favorites.  That's why I'm updating my previous post of 25 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey with a few new ideas from 2013.  After I finish this, I'm finalizing my grocery list, going shopping, and then I'm going to take the rest of this week off and spend some time with my family.  (Here are all the Thanksgiving Recipes in case you still need them!)

This year, and every year  I love the idea of a holiday dedicated to feeling gratitude, something I try to focus on every day.  And without turning this into a long list of all the things I'm thankful for, let me acknowledge how much I feel blessed to have a life filled with family, friends, interesting work, and all the cooking tools any food obsessed person could ever want, not to mention an amazing new kitchen where I have fun using them!  And on Thanksgiving and every other day I also give thanks for the people who read this blog and leave nice comments or send e-mails that enrich my life. 

Now here's my updated list of 25 Tasty Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken),  And for all my U.S. readers, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration that's filled with love and good food.

Leftover Turkey Recipes
Let's get this leftover party started with the Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken (or turkey), Green Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese shown at the top of the post.  This has been a hit with everyone I've made it for!

New in 2013 but already a big favorite is this Slow Cooker Lemony Turkey (or chicken) Soup with Spinach and Orzo.

This Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Shepherd's Pie with Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower Topping was a delicious way to use turkey leftovers, including gravy.  (Or just buy some gravy like we did so you can make this!)

If you're really wanting to get back on track after the holiday, this Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Salad with Indian Spices, Lemon, and Cilantro was delicious and it's a Phase One salad.

This Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro that my sister Pam found on Pinterest has been hugely popular on the blog, and this would be delicious with leftover turkey.

Another new chicken salad that I loved that would be perfect with leftover turkey is this Chicken, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing.

This Coconut-Lime Turkey (or Chicken) and Rice Soup is one of the most interesting recipes for turkey soup I've ever tried.

If you're a fan of sweet potatoes, you'll like this Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime.

A slightly different take on sweet potatoes is this Turkey and Cannellini Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Rosemary.

This Turkey (or chicken) Lasagna with Sage and Three Cheeses has been a hit with everyone who's tried it.

Cabbage adds a healthy and slightly unusual twist in this Turkey and Wild Rice Soup with Cabbage, Parsley, and Sage.

Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili is made with chicken breasts, but you could use white turkey meat to make this amazing chili as well.

I would gobble up leftover turkey if it was used in this recipe of Spicy Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles with Chicken, Green Onions, and Cilantro.

And for sure you could use leftover white turkey meat in this Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery, and Green Onion.

If you want something that's phase one this Chicken, Black Bean, Avocado, and Radish Salad with Lime and Cilantro can definitely be made with leftover turkey.

For cilantro fans like me, this Leftover Turkey (or ground turkey) and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime and Cilantro will be a hit.

Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup is one of my all-time favorites that could definitely be made with white turkey meat.

This Chicken, Broccoli, and Red Bell Pepper Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing can also be made with leftover turkey.

People from Utah might especially like this Leftover Chicken Chopped Salad with Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Dressing, which of course can be made with leftover turkey!

And you could also use turkey in this West African Chicken and Peanut Stew with Chiles, Ginger, and Green Onions.

I love this Brown Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey, Red Cabbage, and Pecans, and it's loaded with healthful ingredients if you overindulge on the holiday.

An after-Thanksgiving classic is this Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Casserole with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Thyme.

Another casserole option that would work perfectly with leftover turkey is Better-than-Mom's Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Creamy Curry Sauce.

For a quick lunch made from turkey leftovers, try these Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas.

And last but not least, one thing I'll for sure be making on Friday is these Easy Leftover Turkey Pita Sandwiches with Fresh Cranberry Salsa.

That's a lot of options for using leftover turkey, but there's no such thing as too many leftover turkey recipes is there?  If you've tried one of these recipes or you've got another good idea for using leftover turkey, let us know about it in the comments! 

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  1. Hey Kalyn! I tracked your blog down through forums for the YUM recipe manager software. I'm wondering if you still have a working copy of it? I made the mistake of not exporting the right kind of file before upgrading and now I can't see any of my recipes. :( I'm trying to track down anyone that would be willing to open my file and export it again in the right format. There are only about 50 recipes, so it's not a large file.

    If you can help, I'd be eternally grateful!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn! Blessings to you and your family!

  3. CA, sorry but I have never heard of that. But I do have a new feature on the blog that lets you save recipes to your own recipe box through Ziplist. You can access it on any site that's signed up with Ziplist, so the file can never get lost.

    T.W., thanks so much and best wishes for you on Thanksgiving and every day!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn. You have been an inspiration and roll model to so many.

  5. Wow, thanks for so many ideas for my leftover turkey. The West African Chicken and Peanut Stew looks amazing and I definitely will be trying that out.

  6. Now I wish I had more turkey left over! Great round-up of low-glycemic post-Thanksgiving recipes. I'm going to start with the soups (predictable, aren't I?).

  7. Lovely sentiments, Kalyn, and wow on this recipe roundup! I was tickled to figure out 10 turkey leftover recipes for a roundup on my blog. 20 shows how many awesome recipes you have in general. Those soups look so appealing on this chilly morning, but I can also see how people could not resist that lasagna. It sure makes me wish I had some gluten-free lasagna noodles on hand. ;-) (Hmmm,maybe I should make some homemade gf lasagna?)

    Will leave a comment on the specific post, but wanted to also let you know that I did make your roasted green beans with red peppers. Oh my goodness, Kalyn, they are so good. :-) I can't wait to eat leftovers later today! ;-)

    Belated happy Thanksgiving, dear! Hope you are having a fabulous time with your family!


  8. Thanks all; so glad people like my suggestions. (And I wish I had more leftover turkey too!)

  9. Wow, what a fantastic list of recipes to use up that extra turkey. The Coconut-Lime Turkey & the sesame noodles have both caught my eye. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!

  10. great ideas!! Heaven knows we have plenty to get rid of!

  11. Thanks so much for this list! I can't wait to try some of these recipes. The casseroles look delish and are gluten-free friendly :) Yum!

  12. Thankd Dara. I had a great Thanksgiving at my sister's house.

    Carrian, sadly, all my turkey is now gone.

    Jen, you're welcome. Hope you get to try some and enjoy them.

  13. Just wanted to let you know that your recipe has been included in a turkey roundup today. I will be pinning and tweeting it too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Thanks Diane, and I'm going to update this post, so it may be 25 ideas using turkey by the time you next see it!

  15. I made your Layered Mexican Casserole W/Chicken for dinner tonight. My family loved it! Thank you for sharing.

  16. This is a delicious round up. Now I'm seriously hungry.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your break, and enjoy all the great things of being with family and loved ones!

    It's been a joy to follow your blog through the years, you are a source of inspiration!

  18. Thanks so much, go glad it has been good for you.

  19. Kalyn,

    Thank you so much for your Blog. We truly enjoy the recipes and find ourselves making adjustments based on our likes/dislikes. We have been SouthBeach dieters for 2 years and have found it important to find those likable alternatives.

  20. Joe, so glad the recipes are helpful for you.

  21. Hope you had a really nice Thanksgiving Kalyn - lots of great ideas for leftovers! We simply layered all the leftovers in a casserole pan and reheated it. The boys love leftovers from Thanksgiving.

  22. Some many great, healthy ideas. It would be nice to try a bite of each.

  23. I absolutely love this round up! Sharing it with my facebook fans today. Here's to eating well at the holidays (while still keeping it healthy too!)

  24. Erin, thanks so much. So glad you like the ideas!

  25. Lots of great ideas for leftovers from the big day. Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn!

  26. Thanks Jeanette; hope you're having a great day!


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