ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Turn Leftovers Into An Amazing Meal

Updated on June 18, 2017
Cynthia Haltom profile image

Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.


Every day it seem like there are leftovers no one wants to eat afterwards. I like to take some root vegetable and turn it into a tasty soup. It gives leftovers a new purpose and by turning it into something new no ones seems to mind a recycled meal. I like to cook and my imagination runs wild when it come to leftover turkey.

By simply adding a little water and some root vegetables turkey becomes an exciting meal. Add a little rice and it becomes a wholesome meal. There are many other things that can be done with holiday leftover but soup seems to be a comfort food that warms the soul.

Soup is a welcome meal to most everyone. I have always enjoyed creating food for my family that not only give the a delicious meal but a nutritious one as well. I you find yourself with more leftovers than you can use, consider turning them into a delicious soup.

Lots of Leftovers

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minute

Total Time: 2-3 hours

Serves: 4-6


  • Leftover Turkey
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 peeled and chopped carrots
  • 3 peeled and chopped parsnips
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped finely
  • 3 cups of cooked rice


  1. Place all ingredient into a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 2-3 hours. Cooking may also be done in a crock pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Serve with rice and enjoy.
  2. Don't be afraid to experiment while making soup. Using leftovers has been a way to stretch your food budget while creating nutritious meals for your family. If your family enjoys vegetable you may want to add those holiday side dishes to your soup.
  3. If you are like me you probably have vegetables in the refrigerator that need to be used up. Try chopping them and adding to the soup mix. The more variety you add the higher the nutritional values the soup will have. I always follow the color rule for vegetables by making sure I add at least one of the following; red, yellow, orange and purple. It helps to make the vitamin content high.

What do you do with Leftovers?

Excelsteel 16 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot With Encapsulated Base
Excelsteel 16 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot With Encapsulated Base

Constructed in stainless for durability

See through tempered glass lid

Encapsulated base ensures even and faster heat distribution

Hygienic and easy to clean


Hearty Pea Soup

Collect Leftovers

I like to collect leftovers for new culinary creations. Either use a container or zipper type bag to store leftovers for later. You can keep them in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Suppose you have a few leftover veggies. Why not save them in the fridge for an excellent vegetable soup. You can use the same container by just adding them to the bowl. Just make sure they are cooled down before adding them to the already frozen ones you saved. This way you will have enough to make your next creation.

The same is true with bits of meat of fish. A few pieces of fish or seafood can be turned into a seafood chowder. You will also want to save potatoes or just cut some fresh for this meal. Similar meats such as beef, ham or pork can be reused for stews, stir fry and other wonderful dishes. I like to save bones too. A ham bone makes a hearty pea soup. It is a great way to save on groceries.

Supplement you Cooking

You can save gravies, stews and pasta dishes too. I like to use these things in my soups as well. There is nothing like a good gravy to add flavor to a leftover meal. Some saved piece of meat and vegetable can be turned into a stew or soup in minutes.

I like to make extra when I cook things such as spaghetti, rice, and macaroni and cheese. When I do this I store it in the freezer. Sometimes I just make extra sauce and cook the fresh pasta. While other time I freeze the pasta right in the sauce. I simply microwave the dish or place it in a pan or skillet on low when I get home. Soon I can smell the food throughout the house. It is much better than eating out every night. It is also much less expensive. If you are looking to save money and time this is the perfect way to do it.

An Easy Spaghetti Dinner

What do you cook with leftover turkey?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      4 years ago

      We don't use turkey quite so much here in Britain, but I'm sure this would work equally well with chicken. I hate to see food wasted - a legacy of a 1950s childhood - so it's good to see articles like this, Cynthia. The beauty of this soup is that it can be frozen too, and used when you are in a hurry and haven't time to prepare a meal.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)