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How to Make Three Meals From one Turkey

Updated on January 22, 2015

How You Can Save Money

Saving money at anytime of year is sometimes a challenge especially with the cost of food always on the rise. Trying to feed a family of four adults is tough enough let alone when you have a restricted budget.

I found one of the most economical meals to make is turkey. Not only did I get one meal out of the bird but three, and turkey is healthy. For grins I priced everything out.

For the cost of $23.00, I fed 4 people three meals, which equals out to 12 meals in total. If my math skills are correct that works out to approximately $1.92 per person, per meal. I was astounded when I saw how little it cost me. Mind you I did buy the turkey when it was on sale for 88 cents per pound.


Stuffed Turkey Ready to Enjoy
Stuffed Turkey Ready to Enjoy | Source

Meals For Three Dinners

Day One

Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes,

glazed carrots, brussel sprouts.

Day Two

Turkey Sandwiches

Day Three

Turkey Soup with a Turkey Caesar Salad.


Turkey Leftovers

There are so many ways you can use turkey leftovers. Whenever I buy a turkey, I try to buy the biggest one that I can find especially if it is on sale. This way I can get more than one meal out of the bird. You go through all the trouble making the feast, so get the most out of it as possible.

Turkey salad sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey wraps, turkey omelets, hot turkey sandwiches, the list is endless in what you can make.


Turkey Turkey Yes Indeed

Turkey Turkey Yes Please

OH How I Love Turkey

Stuff It, Cover It, Cook It Up

House Smells Great With No Mistake

MMM I Love Turkey

Doesn’t Have To Be Just For Holidays

You Can Make It Any Day

Yes I Love Turkey

Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

Don’t Forget The Cranberries

Oh I Love Turkey


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    • Olita profile image

      Olita 5 years ago

      cool ... you need to taste russian kebab :D haha.. recipe is the same .. but tastes differ =))

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Olita, I call it a turkey sandwich ... but yes a kebab.

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      Olita 5 years ago

      turkey sandwiches you mean kebab?

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Thanks, Susan--I also mainly wanted to share the funny story of my goofy uncle. ;-) I'll never forget that bit of flawed logic. Happy T-Day to you, as well.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, I like turkey because of the taste, cost, and the fact that it's healthy too. I know that you're a vegetarian and I really do appreciate you leaving a comment and for voting up too. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving next week.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I remember as a child, all the leftover turkey and gravy the next day, followed by sandwiches, both hot and cold; the turkey pot pies or casseroles, and finally, the turkey soup from the carcass.

      Pretty much everyone did the same thing--after T-Day: you cannot GIVE away leftover turkey...which always puzzled the family that one uncle would go shopping for a turkey for himself and the wife (no kids at home; no big family gathering at their house), and buy the biggest turkey he could find, because it was a few cents cheaper by the pound...and then he refused to eat leftover turkey in any form. Pffft!

      Voted up!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, I usually make about 6 -7 turkey dinners throughout the year. We love turkey :) Thanks.

      rebecca, We had our Thanksgiving in October. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving next week.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good ideas for all that left over turkey. I shall return this time next week!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're absolutely right, Susan, about turkey being a cheap food. After we have it for the first time, I use it for sandwiches, freeze it for casseroles, make soup from the carcass, freezing it into numerous individual servings. One turkey goes a long way! Great hub. Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome--and funny for the poem (so cute!).

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      sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      We've raised our own turkeys the last 4 years, and from a distance, it would seem expensive, at an average of $100 per bird by the time it's all said and done. However, my family of 10 will eat for nearly 3 weeks from a 40 lb. bird, if you count half of those meals as soups, and the other half, various turkey dishes. If you figure 20 meals x 10 people, we are looking at about .50/serving. I do stretch that soup a bit, but still, turkey makes for a great budget stretcher!

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Susan, this makes a lot of sense. I love turkey too and I love turkey stew and turkey sandwiches.

      Merry Christmas,


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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Nice idea Susan. We all need to keep a tight cap on expenses particularly during this time. Yes. I know holidays are great motivator for spendaholics, still... Thanks.

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I love Turkey too. The turkey sandwiches are my favorite.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Carrie. Wasn't sure about the poem myself but thought ah what the heck put it in anyway :-)

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      I like your hub Susan, you've shared good ideas about turkey. I'll bookmark this. Love the poem :)

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