Thanksgiving is a time of plenty – plenty of delicious food the day of, and plenty of leftovers after the Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re tired of turkey sandwiches and re-warmed thanksgiving dinner, then try these recipes to help shake up your leftovers.
Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
What you’ll need:
1 ½ lbs. of mashed potatoes
8 tablespoons of butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 cups vegetables (my family usually uses boiled veggies as a side dish, so you can use this or add fresh veggies if you don’t have any leftover)
1 ½ lbs turkey, cut up into small pieces
½ cup turkey broth (or thin gravy)
salt, pepper and seasoning of choice
- If you don’t have any leftover mashed potatoes, then peel and chop potatoes, and cover with water in a pot. Boil until tender – maybe 20 minutes. A fork should slide through the potatoes easily. If you want to try something different, use mashed sweet potatoes instead of the white potatoes.
- If you don’t have leftover veggies, then lightly saute some chopped up veggies of your choice in a large pan with chopped onion and a couple of tablespoons of butter.
- Reduce heat and add turkey to pan with veggies and broth. Bring broth to a boil and simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Add more broth if needed to prevent turkey from drying out.
- Add remaining tablespoons of butter to a bowl with potatoes and mash with a fork or masher. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Layer the turkey mixture in a baking dish, then spread the mashed potatoes on top.
- Bake in oven at 375°F for 30 minutes. To brown up the top, broil for a few minutes.
Easy Turkey Chili
What you’ll need:
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 pound turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups turkey stock
1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
1 ½ cups kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Add all ingredients to list
- Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over low heat. Place turkey in the pot, and gently saute with onion. Cook until onion is tender.
- Pour turkey stock into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. You can also add leftover veggies to this chili such as corn or sweet potato.
- Season with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!