Getting creative with leftover turkey is a must! Now that you’ve enjoyed your Family. Food. Fiesta. Thanksgiving feast, time to take advantage of all the wonderful meat you made and continue to enjoy it. You can use leftover turkey as a substitute for chicken in any dish. You can also make sandwiches (my favorite) or add it to salads. Here are 5 of my favorite leftover turkey dinner recipes.


Classic Comfort Turkey Soup: Use the turkey carcass to make the broth. Save some of the turkey meat on the side to add to the soup once it’s been cooked. This recipe is so delicious & nutritious!

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Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce: Simply ground the turkey with some spices and seasonings in a food processor and make your meatballs. Add the meatballs to this homemade marinara sauce and you’re instantly transported on an Italian adventure.

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Turkey Tacos: Substitute the pork from this recipe with leftover turkey. Add any topping you want to the tacos! Taco bars are super fun! Click HERE for some taco bar topping ideas.


Turkey Pasta Salad: This salad was originally made with chicken. Simply substitute the chicken with turkey and you have a complete meal in one bowl with veggies, carbs, and protein.

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Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw: I LOVE barbecue. This recipe is so simple. Just shred the turkey, add your favorite barbecue sauce, and heat on the stove top. Pair it with the cabbage slaw and you have a spectacular dinner in minutes. Fresh and healthy.

Enjoy your leftover turkey with these amazing dinners. What other recipes do you add your turkey to?
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN