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Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes

Updated on August 6, 2018
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For a long time I have been trying to eat healthy and at times I have found it so hard to be good. I would find myself starting out the day with such good intentions and by lunchtime all of those good intentions seem to fall by the wayside. There I would be sitting in the lunchroom with my low calorie, low fat tasteless lunch in front of me and two seats down would be a fellow employee eating something that smelled so delicious that I wanted to get up, grab their plate and start eating. Of course, I would never do it, only in my mind, but I seemed to begin to let loose all of my willpower.

I know healthy, low-fat, low-cholesterol, low calorie food didn't have to be unappetizing and tasteless. I also understand that there is no truth to the saying: "If it tastes good you can't eat it while you are on a diet." There are many delicious recipes out there that can be used when you have to watch what you eat. My problem is I have limited time to prepare the food. So, I decided to see if I could make some of my own healthy dishes that could be made quickly and easily. Afterall, I did not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen after spending a full day at work.

So, here is a small sampling of what I have come up with to use that leftover turkey we all have this time of year. I hope you like them.

Healthy Turkey Recipes
Healthy Turkey Recipes | Source

Brown Rice Turkey Casserole

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 clove minced garlic

16 oz. pkg. frozen peas

2 cups coarsely chopped leftover turkey

1 tsp. cilantro

1 can low sodium cream of chicken soup

1 tsp. olive oil

salt substitute, to taste

pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In small frying pan heat olive oil and add green pepper, onions, celery, and garlic and saute' on medium. When onions begin to besome transparent add sliced mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes.

Using a 2 guart casserole dish add vegetable mixture, frozen green peas, rice, turkey,cilantro, soup, salt substitute and pepper and mix well. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

This casserole is good served with a simple salad. The recipe will serve 4 .


Turkey Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients:

1 small zucchini, sliced

3 carrots, sliced

3 stalks of celery, sliced

1/2 cup onions, chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

1 103/4 oz. low sodium chicken broth

2 cups leftover turkey, coarsely chopped

2 cups cooked whole wheat noodles

salt substitute, to taste

pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil in large frying pan. Add zucchini, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, green peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes and saute' on medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes).

In a 2 quart casserole dish add vegetable mixture, turkey, broth, noodles, salt substitute and pepper. Mix well, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

This recipe is easy to put together and is delicious. If you use a simple inexpensive chopper it should only take you about 15 minutes to prepare the vegetables. Enjoy.

Turkey Stew

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

4 carrots, coarsely chopped

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 cup frozen green beans

1 103/4oz. can low sodium chicken broth

1 103/4 oz. low sodum cream of chicken soup

1 tsp. worchestershire sauce

2 tbsp. flour

salt substitute, to taste

pepper, to taste

2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

In Dutch Oven heat oil oil and add onion, celery, carrots, green peppers, and zucchini. Sauté on medium approximately 5 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften. Add mushrooms and green beans and sauté for an additional 2 minutes on medium. Add flour mixing well and sauté for 1 minute.

Stir in broth, soup, worchestershire sauce, turkey, salt substitute and pepper. Bring to slow boil. Continue to cook on medium heat for 30 minutes. Then simmer on low for 30 minutes.

This stew is great served with whole wheat rolls.

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Use up Those Leftovers

For the first few days after a holiday I find myself fully immersed in making use of all the leftovers I am left with. For a while I would be up to my elbows in turkey and such.

For the for the first 2 to 3 days it is great. Quick and easy warms ups are a relief after cooking all day for the holiday. After a day or so of turkey sandwiches the kids and the hubby quickly become less happy to see turkey on the menu yet again.

It's time to get out those long forgotten recipes and become creative. I found out that you can substitute turkey for chicken in your old stand by chicken recipes. I also learned that you can freeze many of the recipes for a later date.

Don't throw out those leftover, use them. Why throw away good food?

© 2009 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      2patricias, they are easy. When I put together this site I thought that people just might be tired of cooking and were looking for easy recipes to use up their leftovers. Thanks for using them in your Recipe Index. It's a wonderful idea. I have seen it and it's a site evryone needs to see.

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      2patricias 

      5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      These sound easy - and delicious.

      I'm sure people will be looking for ways to use leftover turkey in a few weeks' time.

      I am adding this to my my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      To me simple is better Jane. I hope you enjoy using them. Thanks for visiting.

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      Jane 

      8 years ago

      That time again for leftover turkey. Great recipes here, easy and simple too. Thank you for sharing them.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks liswilliams. I appreciate you stoppoing in and commenting.

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      liswilliams 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for these recipes. Turkey is not big here, but with these varieties it will definitely spice it up.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I hope you like them. My children liked these dishes so much it never occurred to them that they were eating healthy.

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      Carl "Fitness" 

      8 years ago from Boston, MA

      Great recipes! I look forward to trying one of them. Thanks for sharing them.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I appreciate your comments. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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      RedElf 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hey there! Nice hub! I really like your style. You are off to a great start here. Nice to meet you!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks. I'm hoping one of them becomes a favorite.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      They all sound delicious. I'll be sure to try at least one of them. Thanks!

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