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, salads 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
Turkey & Wild Rice Casserole – A long-time go-to wild rice casserole, perfect with after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey with 326 Calories and 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values. Found at Kitchen Parade.
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.
Healthified Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole- With 82% less sat fat • 75% less fat • 43% fewer calories than the original recipe, no one will complain about turkey leftovers in an easy-to-make homemade casserole. Each serving has 310 calories, 8 g fat, 36 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 34 g protein and 9 WW PointsPlus. Found at Betty Crocker.
Skinny Turkey Tetrazzini – Tetrazzini is an old family favorite. Here’s a lighter healthier version that calls for quick turkey tenderloins but I always use leftover turkey instead. Each serving has 489 calories, 15 g fat, 48 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 31 g protein and 12 PointsPlus. From Cooking Light found at MyRecipes. And an even easier version of Turkey Tetrazzini from Taste of Home.
Lighter Turkey Divan – You can substitute leftover turkey for the chicken in this lighter version of chicken divan with 336 calories and 8 WW PointsPlus from Gina at SkinnyTaste.
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.
Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding – This savory bread pudding is the answer to holiday dinner leftovers, making use of extra turkey and bread with 242 calories, 8 g fat, 21 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein and 6 WW PointsPlus Values. From Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.
Turkey & Roast Sweet Potato Salad - This fiber rich salad with skinny cranberry ranch dressing works wonders with leftover turkey or chicken. It’s so hearty and satisfying, you’ll love it for dinner. With 410 calories and 11 WW PointsPlus, this has less than half the calories and fat of the full fat version. Found at Skinny Kitchen.
Skinny Wild Rice Turkey Salad - This tasty turkey salad from offers a wonderful blend of flavors. With sweet grapes and apples, a dash of cinnamon and crunchy vegetables, it’ll appeal to young and old alike. Each 1-1/3 cup serving has 279 calories, 5 g fat, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 19 g protein and 7 WW PointsPlus Values. Found at Taste of Home.
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.
Fruited Turkey Salad Pitas - Leftover turkey gets a great makeover with this tasty spread filled with apples, pecans and celery. Each serving of 2 filled pita halves has 393 calories, 11 g fat, 45 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein and 10 WW PointsPlus Values. Found at Taste of Home.
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.
Ellie Krieger’s Poached Eggs with Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash - Simple & delicious breakfast, brunch or dinner, especially when you have leftover turkey and sweet potatoes in the fridge. 247 calories and 6 WW PointsPlus found at The Food Network.
Light Creamy Turkey Fettucini - A family favorite turkey dish that’s quick, light and delicious with 376 calories, 7 g fat, 46 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 32 g protein and 9 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values found at Taste of Home.