WW Recipe of the Day: Favorite Leftover Turkey Recipes
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 and 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 all in one place so they’re here when I need them.
Slim & Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes
Turkey Casseroles from Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey…
Slow Cooker Turkey & Wild Rice Casserole – A long-time go-to wild rice casserole, perfect with after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey. 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. 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.
Reduced-Fat Turkey Pot Pie– A low-fat quick and easy recipe for chicken pot pie that you can easily substitute turkey for instead. Found at Betty Crocker.
Broccoli Turkey Brunch Casserole – A delicious recipe for leftover turkey perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. From Taste of Home.
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes…
Crock Pot Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup – This is 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.
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.
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.
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
Turkey Sandwich Recipes…
Spicy Turkey, Apple & Spinach Panini – What’s not to like about thinly sliced apples, smoked turkey, spinach and cheddar layered between spicy mayo smeared multigrain bread and grilled until toasty and melty? Substitute leftover turkey for the smoked deli turkey in this panini.
Healthier Turkey Artichoke Panini – Gobble away guilt-free with this lighter turkey panini. 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. Found at SkinnyTaste.
Hungry Girl Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese – Made with light bread and light laughing cow cheese from Hungry Girl.
Skinny Turkey & Provolone Panini – Turkey, provolone, roasted red peppers and light chipotle mayo on light wheat bread. found at Laaloosh.
Healthy Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Cranberry Chutney – A healthy spiced up turkey sandwich from Health Magazine found at MyRecipes. Lighten it up further by using light bread or a sandwich thin.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers
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