Turkey Recipes: 6 Unique Uses For Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Elena Scuro

Whether you roast a 15-pound turkey or gobble up tofurkey this Thanksgiving, you’re bound to have leftovers. Yet there are only so many post-Thanksgiving, boring turkey sandwiches you can eat (well, without feeling like you’d rather not see turkey again until next November anyway). So, when you approach those containers filled with leftover bird, here are some new ideas to help you get over your turkey-leftover hang-ups and help you enjoy your post-Thanksgiving meals!

Turkey Tacos: Take a complete 180-degree turn from traditional Thanksgiving dinner for a south-of-the-border meal. Slice leftover Turkey and layer in a taco shell with refried beans, salsa, guacamole and cheddar cheese. You’ll barely even realize it’s a meal made of leftovers!

The cocktail dress workout!

Turkey and Rice Soup: Add small pieces of leftover turkey to any easy soup recipe (or even a canned variety!). Not sure where to start? Mix cooked rice, leftover turkey, turkey or chicken broth, carrots, celery, onions and some salt and pepper to taste and cook until the vegetables are tender. Serve hot and you’ve got a warm meal for a cold November night. Over turkey completely? You can freeze this and defrost later!

Turkey Chili: For something heartier than soup, a simple turkey chili recipe is for you. Take your leftover turkey and stir in cooked onion. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans and chili spices (cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic and/or pepper). Let it simmer for 30 minutes, top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!

Add turkey to this veggie rice bowl recipe too!

Turkey and Macaroni: With cooked elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, cooked broccoli and onions, your leftover turkey and a splash of milk, you can make a delicious baked dish (think baked ziti) in just an hour. Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees until the top layer is slightly brown.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers: Chop up your turkey for a new spin on stuffed peppers. Mix with onion, garlic, tomato and cheddar and bake at 350 degrees for around 30 minutes (until the peppers are tender). Add some small bits of turkey bacon for an extra kick!

Salad With Turkey: Think of it as your typical turkey sandwich but in a bowl. If you’re looking to eat lighter after the holiday, fresh spinach, avocado, tomato, crumbled blue cheese and your leftover turkey topped with oil and balsamic vinegar make for a great healthy meal (perfect for bring to work for lunch too!).

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging!