Low-Carb Meals Made With Leftover Turkey

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The holiday feast is over, and now it's time to figure out to do with all of that leftover turkey. Luckily, if you're on a low-carb diet, turkey is pretty much the ideal food, packing next to no carbs per eight ounces serving.

The challenge, therefore, is how to retain those benefits when flipping leftovers into a hearty, delicious family meal. Here are seven suggestions that not only fit the bill but work just as well with leftover or rotisserie chicken.

Turkey Hash

If you have loads of leftovers from a low-carb holiday feast, you pretty much have all of the ingredients you need to make a quick and tasty hash. But, instead of using the potatoes found in most hash recipes, add three cups of lightly cooked cauliflower to 16 ounces of cubed turkey. Stir in any leftover vegetables you may have along with hearty chunks of low-carb stuffing, and top it all off with two to three cups of leftover low-carb gravy. Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes, and you'll have yourself a delicious, post-holiday treat.

Turkey à la King

This healthy twist on a traditional Chicken à la King recipe relies on a handful of simple ingredients including green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and almond or soy milk. You can serve the finished dish over low-carb toast, spaghetti squash, or a heaping bed of cauliflower rice or cauliflower mash. For added sparkle, make a simple side salad topped with low-carb cranberry vinaigrette.

Turkey Tetrazinni

Turkey tetrazzini may be old school, but it is definitely a soul-satisfying way to use leftover turkey. Instead of using traditional noodles, you can make this low-carb version with spaghetti squash or shirataki noodles. All it takes is a little splash of sherry to completely transform the dish, while a sprinkling of almond meal on top gives it a nice, nutty finish.

Turkey Wraps

You can use your imagination to come up with any number of tasty meals. Start with a packet of low-carb tortillas and add whichever meats or vegetables you like for the perfect takeaway lunch. Our favorite includes sliced turkey, a thin slice of cheddar cheese (0.4 grams of carbs per ounce), crispy leaf lettuce, and roasted red peppers. Even simpler is a wrap made with sliced turkey, cream cheese (0.75 grams of carbs per ounce), leat lettuce, and some leftover sugar-free cranberry sauce.

Turkey Soups

You can never go wrong with turkey soup which both high in flavor and low in carbs. You can go smart and simple with good, old-fashioned turkey vegetable soup or try something different with a low-carb Rainbow Soup packed with peppers, pumpkin, green beans, and kale. If you're hankering for something hearty but want to avoid traditional egg noodles, look in the Asian food aisle for cellophane noodles made with sweet potatoes.

Turkey Pot Pie

Everyone loves a pot pie, but who's got the time to make one? One quick solution is to take the leftover turkey and vegetables from your holiday feast, toss in a few lightly sauteed mushrooms, and stir in leftover low-carb gravy (thinning with additional stock or soy milk, if needed). And, instead of pastry, top it off with a dumpling crust made with low-carb biscuits, Pop in the oven at 375 F for 30 to 35 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the biscuits are a nice golden brown. If starting from scratch, there's an equally easy pot pie recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Turkey Tamale Pie

This is a quick and easy South of the Border treat that everyone in the family will love. Instead of using ground beef, take some leftover dark meat turkey and give it a quick blitz in the food processor until coarsely chopped (not ground). You can then toss in some red and green peppers, a can of tinned tomatoes, and a few other ingredients to make a recipe that not only low in carbs but packed with flavor. A cheesy, low-fat cheddar topping caps this one-of-a-kind family favorite.

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