Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family Will Love

Turkey Breast and Swiss Cheese Melts

Even if you aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, most likely you’ll come home after enjoying your holiday feast with enough turkey for a few sandwiches, if not a turkey casserole.

It’s just a small group of us this year for Thanksgiving, so we’re heading off to Grandma Karen’s. She loves fussing around the kitchen. I can’t imagine where I got my passion for cooking from, can you?

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Mouthwatering Grilled Chicken Recipe Roundup

Grilled Chicken Recipes

I find that chicken becomes tough and leathery on the grill if it isn’t treated with loving care, so I’m always on the hunt for a grilled chicken recipe that keeps by chicken moist and tender.

This roundup tops my list of chicken dishes, as they practically guarantee a flavorful and succulent bite will land on your plate.

Grilled Chicken with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce

Chicken and Zucchini Kabobs

Herby Marinated Kabobs with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Chili Garlic Sauce
Chicken with Blackberry Chili Garlic Sauce

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Thighs

Sweet Orange and Thyme Glazed Chicken Thighs

 Sweet Orange and Thyme Glazed Chicken Thighs

Simple Caribbean Jerk Grilled Chicken

Caribbean Jerk from RecipeZaar

On the off chance that this collection of juicy chicken recipes isn’t quite what you’re looking for, try one of these I’ve pinned from fellow healthy food bloggers. I’ll bet you find an impressive dish amongst this group!

Enjoy, and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend to those of you celebrating the holiday!

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Chicken Panini with Apples, Swiss Cheese and Thyme

Chicken and Apple Panini

During the past few weeks I’ve asked readers to fill out this survey.
I wanted to know what you’re looking for when it comes to healthy, low calorie recipes. The most common response was that as healthy eaters, you’re looking for quick fix meals like this chicken panini sandwich.
The best way I know how to deliver on the request is to start with fresh ingredients that pack big flavor, so we just need a handful to keep things simple.

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Turkey Breast Tenderloin with Garlicky Chard

Turkey Tenderloins and Garlicky Chard

I’ll bet you’re thinking to yourself, “Why is she posting a turkey recipe in June?”

Because turkey breast tenderloins were on sale, and chard is in season. It’s as simple as that.

Turkey Tenderloins

It was a breeze to keep this meal low calorie since turkey breast is a lean source of protein, and chard has virtually no calories to speak of.


Did you know that according to WebMD (I’m a fan of this site for quick health advice) chard provides more than 300 percent of your vitamin K needs for the day?

This sounds like a good reason to eat it while it’s fresh from the garden to me.

Turkey Tenderloins

And this chard makes a perfect side dish for my cost friendly turkey breast tenderloins. We spread them with a mixture of spicy Dijon mustard and lemon, then dredged them in an herby flour mixture before they were roasted in the oven.

Did I tell you that I’m training to run a 5K at our local winery for a children’s charity with daughter Rimmy? I decided on my 54th birthday in May that I needed a new fitness goal. I’m not a runner, so this is a stretch for me.

My turkey and chard recipe came in under 300 calories, making it a good training meal with lots of lean protein and veggies. Now I just need to get this running thing down. Wish me luck!


Turkey Breast Tenderloin with Garlicky Chard
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Shake It Up! This recipe works equally well for chicken breasts or pork tenderloin. Kale or spinach could easily replace the chard.
  • 12 ounces turkey tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic, finely minced
  • 8 cups chard, chopped
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a large oven proof skillet and spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, thyme and rosemary on a plate.
  3. Combine mustard, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and water in a bowl.
  4. Brush one side of tenderloins with mustard mixture, then press into the flour mixture. Turn the tenderloins over, then brush with remaining mustard. Press that side into the flour mixture.
  5. Preheat the skillet over medium high and add tenderloins. Sear on one side for two to three minutes, then spray the tops with cooking spray and flip. Sear the second side for another two to three minutes, then place the pan in the oven.
  6. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes until turkey is no longer pink at the thickest part. Do not over cook, or turkey will be dry. Remove just before you thinks it's done and cover with foil.
  7. Place pan with turkey drippings onto the stove over a burner set to medium high.
  8. Add chicken broth, garlic and onions. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes to soften onions, then add the chard. Cook for another 3 - 5 minutes to wilt the chard, then toss with remaining lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve chard with turkey tenderloins.
Food energy: 292kcal
Saturated fatty acids: 0.60g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.53g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.61g
Total fat: 1.74g
Calories from fat: 15
Cholesterol: 105mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 21.21g
Total dietary fiber: 4.28g
Protein: 47.42g
Total lipid (fat): 2.21g
Water: 378.77g
Ash: 5.24g
Total sugars: 3.84g
Calcium: 135mg
Iron: 6.05mg
Magnesium: 178mg
Phosphorus: 463mg
Potassium: 1218mg
Sodium: 618mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

Asian Cabbage Salad with Poached Chicken

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian cabbage salads (sometimes referred to as Chinese cabbage salads) have been around for years, and for good reasons . . .

  • They’re quick and inexpensive to make for a crowd, thus perfect for barbecues and picnics.
  • They aren’t mayonnaise based (at least not the versions I’ve made), so they can withstand a bit of time on the buffet table.
  • People love the combination of seasonings. Usually sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, etc.
Thus the reason that you’ll find more than a few Asian salads on my blog. 

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