Top Ten Leftover Turkey Recipes

Why eat Thanksgiving leftovers until you can’t stand to look at them anymore!

Leftover turkey, potatoes, and cooked vegetables freeze beautifully. Pull them from the freezer and turn them into a quick meal after holiday shopping, or a healthy dinner for the kids while you whoop it up at your company Christmas party.

Whether you freeze your leftovers, or prefer to use them up as quickly as possible, my top ten tempting meal ideas are a nice change from the typical turkey sandwich . . .

Turkey Gravy Over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey Gravy Over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1. Turkey Gravy over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you were going to throw away those small bits and piece of turkey, think again. They add up, and can easily be swapped out for the ground turkey in this recipe.

Sweet Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash With Turkey and Swiss Cheese

Sweet Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash With Turkey and Swiss Cheese

2. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Turkey, Apples and Swiss Cheese

Apples and squash are the perfect compliment for turkey – especially the dark meat. It has a slightly gamier appeal that stands up well to the sweetness of apples and squash.

Turkey and Mushroom Casserole

Turkey and Mushroom Casserole

3. Turkey and Mushroom Pasta Casserole

Pre-sliced mushrooms, a can of low fat mushroom soup, pasta and cheese come together in this heart-warming dish. If you have leftover green bean casserole, be sure and add it to the mix to get those extra veggies in. Don’t forget to use whole grain or quinoa pasta. Now you have a real meal – whole grains, protein and veggies. Can’t beat that!

Braised Cabbage and Turkey Kielbasa

Braised Cabbage and Turkey Kielbasa

4. Turkey with Braised Cabbage and Chard

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side after all that heavy holiday fare, fresh cabbage and chard, sautéed with garlic and fresh thyme, make this meal a nice low-carb choice for dinner.

Chicken and White Bean Chili

5. Weight Watchers White Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

This list wouldn’t be complete without a chili recipe adapted from Toss your chili ingredients into a slow cooker and let them meld their spicy flavors to perfection while you’re away.

6. Slow Cooker Italian Stew with Cannellini Beans and Kale

If chili isn’t your thing, this healthy Italian stew boasts an abundance of vegetables, including leafy kale. This is truly a calorie-light meal. Be sure to serve it with a whole grain roll so you can mop up that garden rich sauce.

7. Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

Yes, I realize brussels sprouts aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan, this recipe from would be fantastic with your leftover turkey tossed into the pan. Keep the turkey bacon, or replace it with turkey breast. Either way, this brussels sprouts recipe is to die for.

Quinoa Fettuccine with Kale, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas

Quinoa Fettuccine with Kale, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas

8. Fettuccine with Italian Sausage and Chickpeas

If you’re a pasta lover, this pasta recipe adapted from Roti & Rice fits the bill for you. Garlic, lemon and fresh basil add punch to chickpeas and kale. Roti & Rice used turkey sausage, but chopped or shredded turkey breast would keep this meal light and allow the fresh basil to shine through.

Curried Chicken Salad

9. Curried Turkey Salad

We need a few salad recipes in this list, don’t we? This isn’t your typical leafy green salad recipe. Warm curry adds a bit of sweet heat to fresh grapes, apples, sweet dried cranberries, and salty pepitas. Serve it as is, or scoop it into crunchy endive leaves for a delicious appetizer.

Roasted Eggplant and Chicken Wrap

Roasted Eggplant and Chicken Wrap

10. Eggplant and Turkey Wrap with Garlicky Hummus

Last, but not least, we need a wrap recipe. Using turkey instead of the original chicken isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination. If you love Mediterranean flavors, then the Greek yogurt, hummus and feta cheese will thrill your taste buds.

That’s the end of my top ten recipes for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.  I have more, so feel free to browse through my chicken and turkey recipes. I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, so off to the mall I go. Happy cooking!

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  1. says

    Love your leftover turkey recipes! I wish I had taken some from the party, but trying to sneak out with my fiance early in the morning undetected without waking the family leftovers weren’t exactly on the mind lol. Thanks for sharing, enjoy the rest of your weekend. (Buzzed it)=]

  2. EA-The Spicy RD says

    Love all your easy leftover recipes! Too bad I don’t have more turkey left over :-) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. says

    all of these sound wonderful, yet I would love to have a plate of the braise cabbage, turkey in front of me right now, it just seems like the perfect taste tonight..

  4. says

    My youngest was hoping I wouldn’t have enough leftovers for turkey tetrazzini….I’ll have to try one of your options next year instead :) Thanks for sharing all the great recipes~

  5. says

    Totally bookmarking this post. Thanks for the awesome recipe round up. I randomly cook a turkey throughout the year and this will be perfect for when I’m stumped as to what to do with it.

  6. says

    This is such a great idea for a post! I enjoyed seeing all of these great leftover tips. My favorites are the wrap and the turkey chili. Yummm! These leftovers are just as exciting as the meal itself.

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