For many of us in North America, turkey is the go-to meal for Christmas dinner! Nothing beats the smell of a roasted turkey with the traditional trimmings including mashed potatoes, sage & celery stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and Butternut squash. Are you hungry yet? Many would argue that the best thing about buying and cooking a turkey is the turkey leftovers you get to enjoy on Boxing Day! Continue reading to see how to make the turkey last for days in these best turkey leftover recipes:
One of the easiest ways to use leftover turkey is to add it to a pan with pasta and veggies. Since the turkey will have already been cooked, you just have to boil your pasta, sauté your veggies and then combine all of the ingredients! Since there is no dairy in this turkey leftover recipe, it will make a fairly light dinner for Boxing Day – and we all need that after a large feast!
Turkey Chili with Adzuki Beans is one of my own recipes and I like it because I find I have trouble digesting the larger kidney beans. If you’ve never bought them before, Adzuki beans are a small red bean; they’re about 1/3 of the size of a kidney bean. Chili powder, paprika and cumin give this chili some added heat. You can top it with either sour cream or yogourt for a cooling effect. Your family might enjoy this chili while watching the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships which begin on Boxing Day!
I loved stuffed peppers so this turkey leftovers recipe is one of my favourites. I also love it because this recipe is Keto and low-carb (I’ve been following the Keto diet for the last two years and lost over 55 pounds on it). Since you’ll be using cooked turkey instead of the fresh, ground turkey that it calls for, this recipe will take less time to prepare than indicated. This is another light turkey leftover dinner that you’ll enjoy having on Boxing Day to balance the calorie-intake from the day before!
Maybe you are looking for a heartier meal to make with your turkey leftovers? Keto Turkey Burgers are the ticket! This is another Keto and low-carb recipe so if you overdid it with the carbs on Christmas Day, you’ll welcome this meal on Boxing Day. My favourite flavour profile of this recipe is the chipotle mayo made with chipotle pepper, which will give the turkey, known for its bland qualities, a kick of heat!
One of the most popular dish to make with turkey leftovers is turkey soup and this one from Feasting at Home is delicious!
I hope you found some turkey leftover recipes that appeal to you. Happy Holidays!
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