Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Need ideas to use your leftover turkey in? Well I have plenty of ideas! I usually buy a second turkey to cook another time just so that I have the leftovers, a turkey around Thanksgiving is usually the cheapest meat per ounce you can buy. My basic idea is that I can use turkey instead of chicken for almost any recipe. Instead of “Winner, winner chicken dinner” we’re saying “Winner, winner turkey dinner”!
On a Salad
Salads are always better with some tuna or chicken shredded on them, so why not try turkey instead. The same goes for a chicken salad sandwich, just make it a turkey salad sandwich.
I love casseroles as long as they are super moist and creamy. You could make up your own casserole by using some noodles, turkey and cream of chicken soup and whatever else you want to add. With some interesting spices it can be a great combination!
Turkey and Noodles
This is a family favorite of turkey noodle soup. Usually it doesn’t come out soupy so we just call it Turkey and Noodles. It is delicious, and a great way to warm up on a cold day.
Ever had a Barbecue Chicken Pizza? They are amazing, especially the way I make them! If you want to take the easy road, they sell pizza dough already made in a can. All you have to do is roll it out and add your own toppings. It’s personalized and takes about the same time as delivery.
Turkey and Broccoli Alfredo
This recipe is the one on this list that I haven’t tried yet. I saw it on Pinterest and I had to add it to this list. I love making Alfredo because I usually buy jarred sauce but I never thought of adding turkey and broccoli to it. It sounds delicious!
There’s the classic After Thanksgiving Sandwich, usually made with all the leftovers but to mix it up some you could try making a BBQ Turkey Sandwich (I make mine like a pulled pork sandwich) or you could try a Turkey Salad Sandwich.
15 Minute Cajun Turkey Alfredo
My husband loves our version of Cajun Chicken Alfredo. When we make it with pre-cooked chicken or turkey we just add the Cajun seasoning to the alfredo sauce. This is a delicious and easy way to use some of your leftover turkey and have a quick meal!
Turkey Tacos or Burritos
We love making burritos, and every once in awhile we will make tacos instead. I know turkey tacos sounds like the weirdest thing ever, but you can hardly tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken, especially if it’s seasoned with taco seasoning. Try our 15 Minute Burrito Mix Recipe with Cilantro Rice– with everything else in it you definitely can’t tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken.
Turkey a la King
This is such an easy recipe that it’s a must after thanksgiving. It’s a great thick sauce that you serve over toast. I’ve even made it to where I will sneak in more vegetables and it’s still delicious! Click here to see my healthy version. My mother-in-law makes another recipe that she and my husband say is close to this one (I think it tastes totally different) but they call it Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches. It’s a mixture of shredded turkey and gravy as a sauce, served over toast as well.
15 Minute Italian Pasta
This pasta is great with or without meat, but a little shredded turkey would make it that much more delicious. The pasta is great when it is first made and warm but it is also amazing chilled. It’s a great meal to take in a lunch box whether you are traveling or just going to work.
15 Minute Cheesy Turkey and Rice
We love this easy dinner of Cheesy Turkey and Rice- it can be made in about 15 minutes and always tastes delicious! Not to mention that it is relatively cheap to make as well! We actually eat some form of Chicken and Rice a couple times a month here. We just had it this last week and my husband is already asking for it again! I guess I should have made a bigger batch so that he would have some leftovers.
I will be adding more recipes as I come up with the actual measurements for the ingredients (most of the time I just throw stuff together) so check back and see what’s new. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where I will post updates!
Want More Thanksgiving and Turkeys? Check out these fun crafts to do before the holiday!
Turkey Pumpkin Decoration Inspired by Pottery Barn
Recycled Leafy Fall Basket
Turkey Leaf Clips- Perfect for Accessories or Decor