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Thanksgiving Leftovers

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends 🙂 Now, what to do with all of that leftover turkey?! Every year I say that I am going to do something with the leftovers but I never fully commit myself.  This year, I promised myself that I would take that next step and do something!

I decided to make turkey noodle soup and turkey salad.  The soup was for my dinners and the salad was for my lunches.  Two very simple yet delicious meals. I eat leftovers often but I would like to spice things up in the kitchen next time with leftovers like I did this time around.

Considering this post was at least a week after Thanksgiving (sorry guys – I was finishing up with school and that was all I was focused on), I have devoured my meals lol.  Well my turkey salad is gone and it was delicious!  My turkey noodle soup, as you too will see, I still have about 5 containers left.  I have two containers still in the fridge and I’ll at that with my dinners this week and I have three containers in the freezer.  Depending on how many mouths you need to feed with these meals you may eat everything in one week or you may freeze half and eat half.  It’s all up to you.  I just love how easy soup is.  You can freeze it and know that it’s always there if you ever need to switch your current meals up.

Okay, on to the recipes :).  I found the turkey noodle soup recipe on Pinterest–>(http://www.chewoutloud.com/2012/11/21/hearty-turkeychicken-noodle-soup/).  I made the turkey salad recipe myself!  I hope you enjoy these recipes just as much as I did 🙂

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Broth

1 TB olive oil

2 carrots, peeled

4 celery stalks, washed and sliced

2 onions, roughly chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 whole bay leaves

Noodle Soup

1 roasted turkey carcass with leftover meat attached

Leftover cooked turkey, shredded

1 lb carrots, peeled and coined

5 – 6 celery stalks, washed and sliced

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

Pasta noodles of your choice

Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper for taste

Directions

Broth –

  1. Put olive oil, onions, carrots, celery and garlic in a very large stock pot.
  2. Saute on medium high until veggies are soft.
  3. Add turkey carcass, bay leaves and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Add enough water to just cover entire carcass .  Broth will be reduced down to half.
  5. Bring stock pot to boil.  Turn heat on low and simmer uncovered until liquid if reduced to half its original amount (this will take approximately 2 – 3 hours).
  6. Set aside carcass and skim oil or take the excess off top of broth.
  7. Strain broth into pot you want to use for noodle soup.

Noodle Soup –

  1. Season strained broth with salt and pepper (to taste).
  2. Add carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Cook veggies until they are extremely tender.
  5. In the meantime, cook the noodles in a separate pot.
  6. Drain noodles (DO NOT RINSE!) and add to broth.
  7. Add all leftover shredded turkey meat, including meat from the carcass.
  8. Season if necessary and enjoy!!!

 

Turkey Salad

Leftover turkey (however much you have left or want to use!)

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (measure out to your liking)

1 -2 celery stalks, washed and sliced

You can also add grapes! I forgot 🙁

1 – 2 lemons for the juice

Pinch of sea salt, if necessary and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a huge bowl and don’t forget the juice of a lemon or two to keep it fresh since you’ll be nibbling at it all week.

Enjoy and please feel free to share 😉

14 Comments

    1. Thanks for reading!!

  1. Great ideas! I hate wasting leftovers!

    1. Me too!!! It’s great to use them. Thanks for reading!

  2. I love turkey salad the weekend of Thanksgiving! Next time I will have to try this soup!

    1. 🙂 thanks for reading!

  3. Bridget Riepl

    I always need leftover ideas! thanks!!

    1. Thanks for reading!

  4. This looks delicious. I hadn’t thought of getting creative with leftovers lol.

    1. Lol me either until this Thanksgiving! It’s great. I even froze some soup.

  5. I love this idea of using leftovers for soup! by the way, this looks amazing. I really want to try and make this soup this week! thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Sadly our turkey is already bad, but I’ll keep this post in mind for next year!

    1. Yes!!! Thank you for reading.

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