What To Do With Your Turkey Dinner Leftovers

What To Do With Your Turkey Dinner Leftovers What to do with all of that turkey meat leftover from your Thanksgiving Dinner. When you were preparing a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving the day before and the day of, you no doubt were anticipating what you would do with the leftovers, especially the turkey meat itself.

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most highly anticipated meals of the year, and you can make the most of the turkey leftovers by transforming them into soups, sandwiches, and salads with these satisfying recipes from Splendid Recipes and More.

What To Do With Leftovers

Culinary dishes made from leftovers are common in many American households. Recipe ideas for leftovers were created in the days before refrigeration and reliable airtight containers existed. Besides capturing nutrition from otherwise inedible bones, stocks and broths make an excellent base for adding leftover morsels too small to be a meal themselves.

Casseroles, paella, fried rice, Shepherd pies, and pizza can also be used for this purpose, and may even have been invented as a means of reusing leftovers (Leftovers – Wikapedia).

Culinary Ideas For Your Leftover Turkey

In the following recipes, the leftover turkey can replace the chicken. Turkey also makes a great addition to our chicken soups and casseroles. Here are a few ideas to use your leftover turkey in our chicken recipes.

close up of Mango Guacamole Chicken SaladMango Guacamole Chicken Salad 

1 large cooked chicken breast, without bone or skin

3 tablespoons mango puree

3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (Link Here For Homemade Recipe)

1 teaspoon coconut sugar

Shred the cooked chicken breast into a medium bowl and mix with mango puree, mayonnaise, and sugar. Set the mixture aside.

For the Guacamole

1 avocado, seeded and peel removed

1 small tomato, without seeds

2 garlic gloves

2 teaspoons powder coriander

3 tablespoons chopped yellow onion

1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

5 to 6 whole pepper corns

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend together for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.

Read more here about plating the Mango Guacamole Chicken Salad

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Enchilada Casserole with Kale and Sweet PotatoesEnchilada Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is made without meat, but you can add some left over shredded turkey meat (2 to 3 cups).

1 large sweet potato, grated (making about 2 cups)

1 small onion, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cumin seed

1 bag Fresh Baby Kale Mix

1 – 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 – 14.5-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added

1/4 cup chipotle salsa

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (for a vegan dish use tofu or nutritional yeast)

4 corn tortillas cut into strips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Coat a 13 X 9-inch baking dish with butter or coconut oil (for a vegan or vegetarian dish)

Evenly spread the grated sweet potato in the baking dish, then layer the onion. Next sprinkle with the cumin seed, then layer on the kale and black beans (you can opt for adding 3/4th pound of cooked ground beef or chicken at this point).

Pour the tomato sauce over the dish, along with the chipotle salsa. Sprinkle with cheese, then spread the tortilla strips on top.

Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes. Plate and serve.

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Read More Here About Kale… Kale Makes a Heart Healthy Salad

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Coconut Chicken Lettuce WrapsCoconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

12 leaves of butter lettuce

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil

1 pound chicken breast or chicken thigh strips (option to also use ground meat)

2 medium green onions, chopped

½ cup canned water chestnuts, drained, rinsed, and chopped

¼ cup chicken broth

Recipe ideas for Turkry day left overs2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon tapioca starch

2 tablespoons filtered water

¼ cup gomasio (sesame seeds and sea salt) – recipe to follow

1/2 cup dried fine flacked unsweetened coconut meat

Link here to prepare the Gomasio for the Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and the instructions to prepare the recipe. Click here.

We also have…

Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Lasagna Just shred some turkey meat.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad The turkey is already roasted.

Chicken Tortilla Soup or how about a Turkey Tortilla Soup?

Oriental Chicken Wraps Just use left over turkey.

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie You guessed it, Mexican Turkey Tortilla Pie

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Elegant Entertaining Without Breaking the Bank

preparing for a dinner partyDo you always wait for a special occasion to have a dinner party? You know the saying – More Happiness in Giving than in Receiving – , so why wait for that special occasion. It has been scientifically proven doing something for others, is good for your health. When you’re having a good time at parties laughing, it literally strengthens your heart. Who doesn’t want a healthy heart?

Now you might be saying, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body-how will I decorate without spending a fortune?  Or, what will I serve?”

Relax and take a deep breath, because we have the answers, with a few tips hints on how to create an affordable elegance that you can enjoy just as much as your guests.

To start you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money on anything that will only be used once. Start by looking around your home and see what you can use to complement a specific theme. Depending on the time of year you can do the following.

If you’re hosting a luncheon for family or a group of friends, gather potted plants from inside and outside your home and place them in the dining area for a lush, garden theme. Make place cards by writing each guest’s name on a leaf.

For an inexpensive table centerpiece, if you live near pine trees, fill a long platter or wicker basket with pine cones, fresh fruit, nuts, small white birch logs and baby pumpkins.

Maybe you have your own ideas…share them with us in the comment area below.

Now to answer the next question: “What will I serve?”

If you are making a main course, keep it simple and stick with what you know. Take advantage of convenience items such as pre-chopped vegetables or rotisserie chickens (check out our 30 minutes or less dinner ideas).

Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family to bring simple side dishes such as a marinated salad or potato dish (here’s a few of our side dish ideas).

pouring a glass of wineAt your formal gatherings, why not receive your guests with a glass of wine? Have a small table set up with wine glasses and a bottle of wine (it doesn’t have to be an expensive wine) at your entry way to your home. When your guests knock on the door, you answer it, let your guests in, take their coat and offer them a glass of wine while you are pouring it.

cold cuts and cheese for informal gatheringsFor less formal gatherings, purchase finger foods or snacks that your guests can enjoy while in good conversation. There’s mixed nuts, cold cuts, crackers and exotic cheeses, prepared salads and fresh salsa and chips.

Here are a few finger food recipes you could serve at your informal gathering: Brown Sugar Finger Wings or Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

What if your guests arrive and you are a little behind? Will you can anticipate that, because you will have appetizers to satisfy them while they wait for the main course. Here are some ideas:  Peach Mango Salsa served with chips. Try these ideas as well, link here.

Don’t forget your favorite beverages, and festive music, and you’re well on your way to hosting an “Affair to Remember!”

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