You had all that delicious food for Thanksgiving. But then what? After the food hangover has passed, here are some ideas to incorporate turkey well into the new year without getting burned out.


These are classic for a reason. Turkey was made to go with cranberry, which was made to go on a leftover roll with gravy on it and mashed potatoes in the middle of the night. It's science. You can look it up.

Turkey Omelet

Sauté sliced turkey with some onions, garlic, and black olives and throw it in an omelet with some mild cheese. So good.

Sweet Potatoes in a Pie Shell

Take that leftover sweet potato casserole and throw it in a food processor, marshmallows and all, and put the mix in a pre-made pie crust. Bake it until just warmed through and you've got easy sweet potato leftover pie.

Turkey Soup

Throw the turkey carcass in a crock pot, (wrapped in cheese cloth if you don't want to have to worry about bones) add water, salt, pepper, carrots, celery, garlic, and some quinoa or barley, and you've got a yummy soup for a week. Freeze in individual ziplock bags and you can have turkey soup for kunch until next Thanksgiving.

Substitute Turkey for Chicken

Have turkey soft tacos, turkey Pad Thai, BBQ turkey rolls (just pour your favorite BBQ sauce over shredded turkey, put it in a dinner roll and melt cheese on top with the broiler), turkey noodle casserole — basically, the sky's the limit.

Make Thanksgiving Lasagna

This recipe varies depending on your ingredients. Take a large casserole dish and spray it with non-stick oil. Spread a layer of mashed potatoes on the bottom. Add a layer of green bean casserole, or broccoli cheese casserole, or any other dish with veggies. Add a layer of sprinkled, shredded turkey. Top it with ready bake dinner rolls and bake at 375 degrees until the top is golden brown and the casserole is heated through. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce.

Turkey Rice Bake

Sauté half an onion in a tablespoon of oil until soft. Add your favorite vegetables, like sliced broccoli, carrots, and peas, so that the total amount is equal to approximately 2 cups. Add in 2 cups cooked rice. Add 2 cups of diced turkey and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. Add one cup of milk, more if needed to reach the desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place the mixture in a lightly greased casserole dish and place ready bake rolls on top. Bake at 375 degrees until the rolls are golden brown. Serve hot.

Turkey Cobb Salad

If you're wanted to lose some holiday weight before Christmas, and just want something light, go for a salad. Throw diced turkey on a salad, add some boiled egg whites and low-fat cheese, add tomatoes, diced onions, and toss in a low-calorie dressing. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.

Turkey Salad

Dice up turkey and add relish and mayonnaise to taste. Add salt and pepper, and serve it on rolls or bread. You can add a little mustard powder if you'd like to spice it up. And add celery to give it more crunch.

Take advantage of the great deals on turkey, even if you're eating away this year. You could be stocking up on a great staple that can feed your family for quite some time.