These healthy leftover turkey recipes are more delicious than the original meal, packed with flavor, love, and veggies!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends (or the day before Thanksgiving depending on when you are reading this!) I hope your day is full of good food, love, and laughter. And if you are working today, thank you for your service! Whether you’re medical or working retail so others can run out for emergency needs, you’re a huge value to our communities! If your company is making you work to get ready for Black Friday, shame on them. In any case, I’m popping in to share with you my favorite leftover recipes that will blow your mind! Take a scroll and let me know if you try anything!
This post is being republished and updated to include all my latest Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes and timeless classics! All kinds of options here, from soups, to casseroles, breakfast, and chili! There is something for everyone in this round-up!
In my house, leftover turkey makes enchiladas get made every single year. This tradition was passed down from Mr. Hungrys family, and because of it, I look forward to Thanksgiving. I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving food. I don’t hate it. It’s just that once a year is enough for me.
Mr. Hungry, on the other hand, happily eats it at any time of the year. His favorite fast-casual restaurant is Boston Market. And he LOVES that we have two Thanksgivings each year. About 1-2 months before Thanksgiving, I start developing healthy Thanksgiving recipes including healthy Thanksgiving side dishes and Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts. Then I make a turkey and develop some new healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes (this year, I’m working on turkey skillet pot pie and plan to post that by Monday!) Then just a few short weeks later, we have a real Thanksgiving. This year, I spent that time filming old recipes for the gram and tik tok instead of creating new ones.
By real Thanksgiving (including this year), I’m sick of traditional Thanksgiving food, but leftovers I could have all the time. Especially since I tend to douse said leftovers in enchilada sauce in various ways, as you will see below! Or, I make sure the turkey is in some sort of very creamy base, so no one has to eat dry turkey again (even the moistest, most amazing turkey is dry ya know? Probably because I don’t like gravy.)
Tag me if you make one of these delicious recipes @hungryhobbyRD!
#1 Healthy Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe
This healthy leftover turkey salad is tossed with crunchy veggies and a creamy dill sauce for an incredibly flavorful and creamy turkey salad delicious on its own or for sandwiches. Click here to get the recipe –>
#2 Healthy Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
This creamy leftover turkey and wild rice soup is the perfect flavor and veggie-packed healthy recipe to use your leftover turkey! Click here to get the recipe–>
#3 Gluten-Free Leftover Turkey Enchilada BakeGet the recipe –> Gluten-Free Turkey Enchilada Bake
This one is my tried and true basic enchilada recipe, the one we make most years, but not all. It is most like traditional enchiladas, but it’s gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy it! It’s also the easiest of all the recipes, so after cooking a big meal, if you aren’t into cooking again, this recipe is the one for you!
#4 Leftover Turkey Breakfast Enchilada Bake
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, or more like brunch the day after Thanksgiving. Turn those leftovers into a delicious savory breakfast that is sure to be a huge hit!
#5 Leftover Turkey Enchilada Sweet Potato Casserole
For those of you who feel like you need to load up on the veggies after Thanksgiving, this one is for you! It’s full of zucchini, sweet potatoes, turkey, and savory enchilada flavor. It’s the back-on-track version of Thanksgiving leftovers!
#6 Low Carb Leftover Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Of all the recipes, this one is the healthiest! Replace the corn tortillas with strips of zucchini for a veggie-packed casserole, and believe it or not, you won’t even miss the tortillas. Not only that, but it’s even freezer friendly!
#7 Leftover Turkey Enchiladas
Another classic style enchilada recipe, but instead of bake, enchiladas are individually rolled for a more authentic presentation.
#8 Healthy Leftover Turkey Chili
This leftover turkey chili is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey! It’s thick and hearty, loaded with veggies, and perfect for pouring on top of leftover stuffing, cornbread, or even mashed potatoes!
BONUS RECIPE #1: The BEST Leftover Turkey Sandwich
This is the BEST Leftover Turkey Sandwich recipe, plus it’s easy! Leftover turkey, artichoke, pesto, sun-dried tomato, grilled red onions, and creamy gouda cheese. Click here to get the recipe–>
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