For me, the best part of roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas (or anytime for that matter) is all the delicious recipes you can make from the leftover turkey.
Cooked turkey can be used in so many ways. You can use it anywhere you would use cooked chicken – in rice dishes and in Mexican dishes like quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and nachos and in all kinds of soups, stews and chilies.
I’m a big fan of leftover turkey noodle soup, turkey sandwiches, soups and leftover turkey casseroles.
And as I focus on healthy eating weight loss, I’m on the lookout for for ways to lighten up old family favorite dishes. So, I’ve gathered a great collection of light and healthy leftover turkey recipes – along with their Weight Watchers PointsPlus information – all in one place so they’re here when I need them.
And here’s a great video that discusses the health benefits of turkey and provides some quick and easy healthy ideas for using your leftover turkey…
Slim & Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes with Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values
Slow Cooker Turkey & Wild Rice Casserole – A long-time go-to wild rice casserole, perfect with after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey with 291 Calories and 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values. And so easy since it’s made in the slow cooker.
Wild Rice Turkey Pot Pie– Dig into a pot pie with a new twist. You’ll find wild rice in the savory veggie-rich filling and the Bisquick® topping. Each serving has 350 calories, 11 g fat, 45 g carbs, 23 g protein and 10 Weight Watchers Points Plus. Found at Betty Crocker.
Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Casserole – You can substitute leftover turkey for the chicken in this lightened up version of Mom’s favorite chicken & broccoli casserole with a 9 Points+ value.
Reduced Fat Turkey Pot Pie – A low-fat quick and easy recipe for chicken pot pie that you can easily substitute turkey for instead. 220 calories, 6 g fat, 28 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein, 6 WW PointsPlus Values. Found at Betty Crocker.
Broccoli Turkey Brunch Casserole – A delicious recipe for leftover turkey perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner with 303 calories, 7 g fat, 23 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein and 7 PointsPlus. From Taste of Home.
Crock Pot Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup – t’s one of those easy dump and stir recipes that takes just a few minutes to toss together. Perfect after a long weekend of cooking when you’re ready to take it extra easy in the kitchen. 162 calories and 4 Points Plus.
Slow Cooker Turkey Green Chile Chowder – This slow cooker turkey green chili chowder reminded me of my mom’s corn chowder, only zippier and heartier, thanks to the addition of green chilies and turkey. 190 calories and 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup – It may not be the prettiest soup ever, but we all thought it was pretty darned good. Tasty and comforting. 228 calories and 5 Points Plus.
Crock Pot Turkey Broth – Making turkey or chicken broth (stock) is pretty easy anyway, but using a slow cooker makes the process virtually effortless. For very little work you are rewarded with several cups of delicious homemade broth, free of the artificial stuff often found in the boxed kind.
Healthier Turkey Artichoke Panini – Gobble away guilt-free with this lighter turkey panini. 380 calories, 10 g fat, 40 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 34 g protein and 9 WW PointsPlus Values. Found at Betty Crocker.
Skinny Turkey Cuban – Leftover turkey breast makes a great, lighter alternative to roast pork in this healthier Cuban and it’s a great way to use your leftover turkey this Thanksgiving. 321 calories and 10 WW PointsPlus. Found at SkinnyTaste.
Hungry Girl Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese – with light bread, light laughing cow cheese has 7 WW PointsPlus from Hungry Girl
Skinny Turkey & Provolone Panini – Turkey, provolone, roasted red peppers and light chipotle mayo on light wheat bread with just 5 WW PointsPlus found at laaloosh.
Healthy Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Cranberry Chutney – A healthy spiced up turkey sandwich with 422 calories and 10 WW PointsPlus from Health Magazine found at MyRecipes. Lighten it up further by using light bread or a sandwich thin.
*PointsPlus® for easy healthy leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers