10 Ways to Use your Leftover Turkey

Homemade Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Sandwich with Stuffing and Cranberry

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is all of the leftover food! Here are 10 tasty ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers to enjoy post-holiday:

1. Salads: Add roasted turkey to your favorite salad for a boost of protein. Try turkey, mango, celery, slivered almonds, salt and pepper. Toss with your favorite low fat or fat-free dressing.

2. Sandwiches and Wraps: Make a turkey salad filling with crunchy celery and apple. Use plain low-fat yogurt with a hint of curry powder or cumin for the dressing. Stuff into a whole wheat pita or spoon into the center of a whole wheat tortilla and roll up.

3. Soups: Add 2 cups of roasted turkey, a selection of chopped vegetables and 1 cup of uncooked rice or noodles to 3 cans of fat-free broth.

4. Pizza Toppings: Top a par baked crust with 1/2 cup of tomato or BBQ sauce, 1 cup of chopped roasted turkey and 1 cup reduced fat cheese. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle with fresh herbs.

5. Quesadillas: Combine shredded roasted turkey with a sprinkle of cumin. Spoon on one half of a low-fat flour tortilla; sprinkle with reduced fat cheese; fold tortilla in half and cook in a nonstick skillet (coated with cooking spray) for 5 minutes, turning once.

6. Burritos, Enchiladas, Fajitas, and Tacos: Add shredded roasted turkey to salsa, beans, low-fat sour cream and reduced fat cheese; or combine with sauteed onions and sweet peppers with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes; or mix with mild green chiles, seasonings, scallions and a can of enchilada sauce. Use low-fat flour or corn tortillas with fillings.

7. Pasta Dishes: Add to your favorite pasta dish. Use shredded roasted turkey instead of ground beef in your favorite lasagna recipe.

8. Pot Pies: Add chopped roasted turkey, sliced mushrooms and frozen mixed vegetables to condensed chicken or mushroom soup. Pour filling into foil tart pans. Top with phyllo pastry sheets and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.

9. Casseroles: Combine 2 cups chopped roasted turkey with 2 cups cooked rice, a can of broth and a selection of chopped vegetables in a 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

10. Skillet Meals: Add 1 1/2 cups of chopped roasted turkey to sauteed onion, mushrooms, broccoli, and rice cooked in broth. Sprinkle parmesan to taste before serving.

What is your favorite post-Thanksgiving leftovers recipe? Share it with us in the comments below!

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