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Two Easy and Delicious Leftover Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving turkey

Still trying to figure out what to do with all of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

Yes, there are things you can make with all of that meat besides just signing yourself up for days upon days of sliced turkey sandwiches, as good as they are.

First up: Turkey Tacos! Just grab a tortilla or a pre-made taco shell, add in some shredded turkey and then top it with a fresh and chunky salsa, like my Mango Lime Salsa from Kitchenability 101.

Mango Lime Salsa Recipe

Makes about two cups

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and small diced (about 1½ cups)
  • ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (include ribs and seeds for a hotter taste)
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ avocado, peeled, cored, and small diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

1. Combine all of the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a bowl.

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Serve with tortilla chips or on tacos.

Another great after-Thanksgiving recipe is putting a turkey-twist on the traditional Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s a great way to warm up on any cold day.

chicken noodle soup recipe | @kitchenability

Turkey Soup for the Tummy Recipe

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbsp butter or cooking oil spray
  • 1 lb uncooked noodles of your choice, egg noodles preferred
  • 2 cups cooked turkey
  • 8 cups chicken (or turkey) stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped, or 2 tsp dried, for garnish

1. Chop the spinach into bite-sized pieces. Cut the celery and onion into ¼-inch dices. Cut the carrot into ½-inch-thick rounds. Chop the fresh parsley.

2. Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat, or use cooking oil spray. Add the onions and celery, cooking until the onions start to brown. Stir often so heat can circulate.

3. Add the spinach to the pot. Cook until it’s fully wilted and mixed with the other vegetables.

4. Put the vegetables, noodles, cooked chicken, and chicken stock into pot. Cook over medium to high heat until the stock boils, then turn heat to low.

5. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the noodles and carrots are soft. Use a fork to check if they are done.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve hot.


How about you? What are some of your favorite leftover turkey recipes? Share your ideas and recipes in the comments section below!


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