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Kid Friendly Leftover Turkey Recipes

Updated on August 6, 2018
Picky eater
Picky eater | Source

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Some children can be extremely picky eaters and it can be difficult to get them to eat healthy. As difficult as that can be children, getting some children (even some adults) to eat leftovers can be impossible. These recipes have been kid tested by me and have passed with flying colors. The most wonderful thing about these recipes is that not only are they kid friendly but they are economical.

The top five most popular ways to serve leftover Thanksgiving turkey are: Sandwich, Soup or Stew, Casserole, Stir-fry, and Salad.

I make my turkey taco wrap with lettuce.
I make my turkey taco wrap with lettuce. | Source

Taco Turkey Pitas


1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp wine vinegar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp celantro

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 1/2 cup leftover turkey, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 large tomato. chopped

1/2 cup onions, chopped

1 cup chunky salsa

1 small can sliced mushrooms

1 samll can black olives, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup shredded mexican cheese

5 - 6 pita breads, halved


Combine oil, vinegar, chili powder, celantro, salt and pepper and set aside.

In large bowl, place turkey, green pepper, tomato, salsa, onions, mushrooms, black olives, and garlic.

Stir the oil mixture and add to turkey mixture mixing well.

Stir in shredded mexican blend cheese.

In a lightly buttered griddle or large frying pan heat pita on both sides.

Spoon turkey into each pita half.

Turkey noodle casserole
Turkey noodle casserole | Source

Turkey Noodle Casserole


3 cups precooked noodles

2 cups leftover turkey, chopped

1/2 cup plain unflavored yogurt

1/2 cup sour cream

1 small can sliced mushrooms

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp poultry seasoning

1 cup shredded four cheese blend


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all of the ingredients except cheese into an ungreased 13" x 9" baking pan. 

Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Turkey stuffing casserole
Turkey stuffing casserole | Source

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole


1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup

1 cup milk

1 tsp minced onion

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp crazy mixed up salt or seasoned salt

1 cup hot water

2 tbsp butter

2 cups stuffing mix

3 cups leftover turkey, chopped

1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables, thawed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix soup, milk, onion, garlic, and seasoned salt together and pour into ungreased 2 quart casserole dish and set aside.

Combine hot water, and stuffing mix, stir until water is absorbed.

Add turkey and thawed mixed vegetables to casserole dish and stir until well combined.

Spoon stuffing mix over top, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Uncover and bake until stuffing topping becomes golden brown and crunchy, ususally about 15 minutes.


Turkey Vegetable Soup
Turkey Vegetable Soup

Turkey Vegetable Soup


1 1/2 to 2 cups leftover turkey, chopped

1 can (14oz) chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 uncooked bowties pasta

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp celentro

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1 to 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables


Stir together turkey, broth, tomatoes, pasta, chili powder, celantro, and garlic powder.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat , simmer covered for 5 minutes.

Stir in frozen vegetables and bring to a boil.

Simmer, covered for another 5 to 10 minutes or until bow tie pasta is tender.

BBQ Turkey Sandwich
BBQ Turkey Sandwich

BBQ Turkey Sandwiches


2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/4 cup green peppers, chopped

1/2 cup petite chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

4 cups shredded leftover turkey

8 hamburger buns


Saute celery, onion and green pepper in butter until tender.

Add everything but the turkey and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add turkey, blend well and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Serve on hamburger buns.

Thanksgiving poem
Thanksgiving poem | Source

It’s estimated that about 200 million pounds of edible turkey is wasted each Thanksgiving.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Specialk. This is my favorite time of the year - I love turkey. My girls loved these kind of dishes when they were small.

    • Specialk3749 profile image

      Karen Metz 

      9 years ago from Michigan


      Thanks for more ideas on the leftover turkey!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DREAM ON, they're actually quite good. You have to be creative when you have lots of turkey leftover and the kids get tired of regular turkey sandwiches.

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      DREAM ON 

      9 years ago

      I never thought about BBQ Turkey Sandwiches.I can't wait.


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