Don?t know what to do with all that extra turkey? If a week?s worth of turkey sandwiches doesn?t sound appealing, fear not. You can put together some mouth watering dishes with those Thanksgiving leftovers. Plus, these dishes won?t add an inch to your waistline.
Not only will this recipe use up some turkey, but the punch of flavor is so different from traditional Thanksgiving dishes. It?s anything but boring soup. Most of the ingredients are items you probably already have in your pantry, like a can of tomatoes. It takes about 45 minutes to prepare. Only 184 calories per serving.
Get rid of both turkey and cranberry leftovers in a really delicious dish. This could serve as an appetizer, snack, or even lunch. Among the surprising salsa ingredients are cranberry, pear, and jalape?os. The quesadillas are straightforward; onions, cheese, peppers, and turkey on flour tortillas. A 3-wedge serving, ? cup salsa, and 1 tablespoon of sour cream comes in at 356 calories.
Yet another striking flavor combination that uses up your turkey in an interesting way. The most time consuming part of this dish is making the rice. You?ll combine turkey, squash, peas, green curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, and brown sugar to create an exciting flavor combination. It comes in at just 382 calories per generous serving of 1 cup turkey mixture with 1 ? cups of rice.
Using a pre-made crust, you can throw together this pizza in just minutes. The recipe calls for fontina cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, arugula, red onion, pasta sauce, and balsamic vinegar. As with any pizza recipe though, it?s easy to swap ingredients, add things you like, and remove the ones you don?t. As is, this is 509 calories per serving.
Typically turkey bolognese uses ground turkey and pasta. This recipe swaps out the carb-laden pasta for spaghetti squash. You can substitute the ground turkey with shredded, leftover roast turkey. The recipe even included bacon, while remaining low calorie. It makes four servings. The substitution with spaghetti squash cuts around 250 calories per serving.
Next Day Turkey Burgers
Yes, you can make burgers from roast turkey leftovers. Just combine finely chopped, cooked turkey with worcestershire sauce, eggs, and whole wheat cracker crumbs to create your burgers. Cook them on a skillet for just a few minutes and serve immediately. This recipe takes more time to prep than cook, totally approximately 10 minutes.
Turkey Chili Surprise
Coming in at a mere 220 calories and 4 ? grams of fat per cup, this hearty chili will warm you right up without crushing your diet. It also uses pumpkin, tomatoes, and chicken broth in addition to several beans and spices. You can make it with leftover turkey or ground turkey.
Turkey Apple and Cheese Pita
For a delicious meal under 400 calories, look no further than this super quick pita recipe. Stuff a pita with spinach, turkey, thinly sliced apple, and Gruyere cheese. Besides the low calorie content, this meal is packed with nutrients. The spinach alone boasts B vitamins and iron. The fiber in the apples will help you feel full.
When planning meals with your leftover turkey, it can be hard to break away from the typical flavors you expect from Thanksgiving dinner. Using turkey in unexpected ways or with surprising spices and vegetables boosts the flavor and the health benefits of the meal. Most of these recipes have room for personalization, so don?t be afraid to get creative with ingredients.