Turkey is lower in fat and a healthier version of meat to begin with. Considering if you didn’t add a lot of fat, butter, and calories to your side dishes, these can be considered healthy leftover meals. If you are a vegan or vegetarian and enjoyed side dishes with a turkey substitute like Tofurky, you could use leftovers in the same way.
1. Sandwiches – not only can you make turkey sandwiches, but if you love the side dishes, combine the stuffing and cranberry sauce to make a great sandwich the next day.
2. Turkey Soup and Rice – try this recipe for Chinese Rice Soup called Chuk – it’s a healthy hot bowl of rice, chopped veggies, and turkey to warm your body.
3. Stuffing and turkey casserole, add broccoli or whatever hardy veggie from Thanksgiving dinner – mix with a cream of mushroom soup to bind together.
4. Pizza! Purchase ready-made crust or raw dough from your supermarket or pizza shop, dice turkey into small cubes and use as a topping along with your other favorite pizza toppings.
5. Fajitas and tacos – use turkey with sliced veggies, roll in your favorite soft taco, fajita bread, or hard shell taco and enjoy – using gravy instead of taco sauce? That’s up to you!
6. Salad topped with chopped turkey – a total meal in itself. If you have leftover bread from Thanksgiving dinner, cut bread into small cubes and make your own croutons to top your salad mix.
7. Pot Pie and Sheppard’s Pie – use the turkey as an ingredient and top with leftover mash potatoes.
8. Hyped up Mash – Add a packet of onion mix seasoning to mash potatoes for a tastier mash, enjoy with side dishes only for a vegan or vegetarian meal.
9. Finger Sandwiches & pies, cakes, desserts – invite your friends over for tea or coffee and finger sandwiches made with turkey, and cut the leftover desserts into small bite size pieces for “tasters” treats, top with whipped cream.
10. Breakfast omelets – cube turkey pieces, add veggies and fold into an egg or egg substitute omelet. Serve with leftover stuffing and hot gravy.