Gobble! Gobble! Tis the season for the turkey. There are many ways to enjoy a juicy, succulent turkey for Thanksgiving and many ways to enjoy the leftovers, too. From roasting to smoking, here are 5 favorite turkey recipes from dietitians (including leftovers).


Roasted Turkey Breast by Nourished Simply (photo by Nourished Simply). Get ready for a classic recipe for roasted turkey that you can do any day of the year. Marinating the turkey beforehand will help give flavor and moisture while you cook it. Enjoy your turkey feast.


Herb Roasted Turkey Breast in 5 Easy Steps + 10 Delicious Leftover Turkey Recipes by The Spicy RD (photo by The Spicy RD). This recipe is fool-proof and your turkey will be moist, flavorful, and tasty. The Spicy RD also provides 10 extra recipes for leftovers. What’s not to love about that – unless there are no leftovers.


Break out the Smoker! With Smoked Turkey by Just Wendy Jo (photo by Just Wendy Jo). From brines, marinades, and wood chips, Just Wendy Jo knows how to smoke a mouthwatering turkey that will fall from the bone and cause ecstatic sensations with your taste buds.

Leftover turkey? Say no more…here are some recipes for you.


Try these Jalapeno Poppers by the No Nonsense Nutritionist (photo by the No Nonsense Nutritionist). I substituted regular shredded turkey for the recipe. You can also ground your own turkey if you want to follow the recipe exactly. The poppers are delicious, easy, and perfect for a Sunday afternoon football fest.


Or enjoy Asian-Style Turkey Meatloaf from Nutritioulicious (photo by Nutritioulicious). You’ll have to ground the turkey to make this meatloaf and it is worth it! The meatloaf is loaded with vegetables, herbs, and spices. Topped with a sweet and spicy glaze (hello sriracha!) that’s definitely a game changer when it comes to the standard meatloaf.

FINAL_Pulled Turkey Cabbage Slaw

Still hungry for more turkey leftover recipe ideas? Check out a past blog post: 5 Favorite Leftover Turkey Dinner Recipes including

  • Classic Comfort Turkey Soup
  • Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
  • Turkey Tacos
  • Turkey Pasta Salad
  • Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, and loved ones.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN