If you’re like most families, your Christmas dinner leaves many leftovers. Although not every food item is best served the next day or the day after that, Christmas turkey is one of the greatest leftovers you can have. Why? Because there are so many things you can do with it.
Here are just a few ideas to consider:
This is probably one of the easiest ways to use leftover turkey and the bread and condiment options are endless. You can use whole wheat bread or pitas and add a slice of cheese for flavor (mozzarella or Swiss are some of the best cheeses to try). Top it off with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and a bit of mustard and you have a sandwich fit for a king.
Shred the turkey and put it atop a bed of lettuce for a protein filled salad that satisfies you. Add some walnuts, mild pepper rings and dried cranberries and you’ll have a flavor extravaganza. Just be sure to choose a low fat dressing or use vinegar and oil so that you keep it healthy.
Turkey Noodle Soup
Cook up some whole wheat noodles and throw in your leftover Christmas turkey for some turkey noodle soup that won’t make you feel overly full but will warm you on a chilly day. Add cut up veggies like carrots and celery and, if possible, use broth from the original turkey versus canned options as it will taste better. Simmer it slowly on the stove for a little bit to let the flavor seep into all of the ingredients.
Turkey Pot Pie
Make a chicken pot pie, but use turkey leftovers instead. Simply mix together your turkey, a can of mixed veggies, low-fat cream of chicken soup and cover with a little bit of biscuit mix. Cook in the oven and you will have a leftover meal that won’t taste like leftovers at all.
These are just four things you can do with leftover Christmas turkey. Be creative and see what you can come up with yourself!