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Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family Will Love

By Krimkus

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?

When it comes to turkey leftovers, after eating myself into a stupor the day before, I’m looking forward to a bit lighter fare. I tend to go for turkey sandwiches like the Turkey and Swiss Flatbread Melt you see above.

Turkey Panini with Feta Sauce

And if you don’t mind getting out your panini grill, my turkey paninis with roasted red peppers and feta cheese are hugely popular with Mr. Mike.

Tantalizing Mediterranean Chicken Wrap

Wraps are an easy choice too.  This wrap uses spinach and bell peppers, with lemon, garlic and feta cheese to give it a Mediterranean feel. Simply replace the chicken you see in the ingredient list with your turkey.

Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Soup

I know a lot of folks who wouldn’t be happy without leftover turkey soup. This is my Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Soup packed with fresh herbs like thyme, oregano and parsley. It’s definitely a lighter meal, and perfect if you don’t have a pile of turkey to work with.

Chicken Chili Recipe
Chili is a good choice too. You don’t need an abundance of turkey to make a hearty chili. I’m a white chicken chili fan myself, so I’ll swap the chicken for turkey and I’m happy.

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Or maybe it’s a turkey casserole that makes you feel warm and cozy. This chicken casserole requires just a handful of ingredients to give it flavor without fuss. Again, simply swap the chicken for turkey and dinner will be on the table in no time flat.

That’s it for today folks! I’m looking forward to Grandma’s cooking tomorrow. What a treat! I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving, you have a wonderful time with family and friends. See you next week!


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Last updated by Kristi Rimkus at November 26, 2014.

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