Category Archives: Leftover Turkey

Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti
Serves 12
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  1. 16 oz. dry spaghetti, cooked
  2. 1 lb. Velveeta Light (2%) Queso Blanco Cheese
  3. 2 cups cooked, chopped turkey (white meat preferred) *
  4. 1 can 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup
  5. 1 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
  6. 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  7. 4 oz. can of mild green chilies
  8. 4 oz. can mushroom stems & pieces, drained
  9. 1/2 cup water
  10. 1 small onion, diced--or less, to taste
  11. salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  2. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. Stir before serving.
  1. *ground turkey can also be used in this recipe
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Cinco de Mayo – 9 Mexican Turkey Recipes

Most of your favorite Mexican recipes can be made with turkey, which has more protein and fewer calories than other alternatives. Try one of these today!mexican turkey recipes


 Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos           Fajitas Fast and Easy      Baked Turkey Chimichangas 

Crock Pot Turkey Tacos

 Fajitas Fast and Easybaked turkey chimichanga




Turkey Quesadillas                   Mini Turkey Empanadas   Spicy Turkey with Black Bean Salsa

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Turkey Tostadas        Mexican Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Salsa        Turkey Fajita Pizza

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 Turkey Fajita Pizza (6)


12 Turkey Recipes from “Hot Eats and Cool Reads”

12 turkey recipes
From time to time, we come across great food bloggers who cook with our favorite protein – turkey!  Sheena, from Hot Eats and Cool Reads, blogs from Minnesota, which happens to be the top turkey producing state in the US.  (Iowa ranks 9th for number of turkeys raised and 5th for the amount of turkey processed.)
Sheena specializes in recipes that are homemade, easy and affordable.  She loves using turkey because it’s versatile and easy on the budget.  “I also love using turkey to make recipes healthier, when we want something lighter on the menu!”
Here are a dozen turkey recipes from Sheena – one for every month of the year! Click on the recipe title or picture to see the recipe at Hot Eats and Cool Reads.
Slow Cooker smoked turkey red beans and rice
Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Red Beans and Rice: Pure comfort food made in the slow cooker! Great smokey flavor and so hearty!
Turkey Burger Hobo Packs: Great for camping, or at home! The burger and veggies are so delicious and perfectly cooked!
Farmhouse BBQ Muffins: 30 minute meal the whole family will love! Full of BBQ goodness!
Bacon, Turkey and Broccoli Grilled Cheese: This is the ultimate grilled cheese! Tons of flavor and perfect served with a bowl of soup!
Cream Cheese Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe Cream Cheese Turkey and Vegetable Soup: Cream cheese goodness mixed with turkey and veggies! Perfect for a cold winter day! 


Turkey and Cranberry Thanksgiving Quesadillas

Turkey and Cranberry Thanksgiving Quesadillas: Fast and easy recipe that’s perfect for using Thanksgiving leftovers! Sweet and savory with cheesy goodness!
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Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey: This recipe is pure soul food! Great addition to any Sunday dinner!
The Ultimate McMuffin: The best breakfast sandwich ever! You won’t find this at any fast food restaurant!
Turkey, Barley and Vegetable Soup: Light, hearty and full of flavor! Great for meals any day of the week!

Linguine with Ground Turkey Meatballs and Marinara: Flavorful turkey meatballs served with pasta and marinara! The whole family will love this recipe!

Grilled Basil and Tomato Turkey Burgers: These burgers scream summer time! Full of basil and garlic, bursting with flavor!
turkey burger lemon dill sauceTurkey Burgers with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce: Healthy and delicious burger topped off with a delicious lemony yogurt sauce! Great for weeknights!
broccoli rice carrot casserole with turkey

Broccoli Rice Casserole with Turkey

 Casseroles = comfort food, and this broccoli rice casserole with turkey won’t disappoint.  

Cheesy and warm, it is good for the soul.  And the addition of veggies and turkey give it a boost of nutrition that’s good for your body, too.


broccoli rice carrot casserole with turkey


Broccoli Rice Casserole with Turkey
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  1. 2 cups chicken broth
  2. 1 cup long grain brown rice
  3. 1 bag (16 ounce) frozen California mix vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
  4. 2 cups cooked turkey, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  5. 2 ½ teaspoons flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1 cup milk, divided (I used skim)
  10. 1/3 cup light sour cream
  11. 8oz shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot then add rice. Cover then turn heat down to medium-low. When rice is almost tender (about 5 minutes left to cook) add frozen vegetables on top to steam.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder with 1/2 cup milk. Pour mixture into skillet then add remaining ½ cup milk. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, 7-10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat then add 3/4 of the shredded cheese and sour cream, and stir until smooth.
  3. Preheat broiler. Combine cooked rice and vegetable mixture with cheese sauce then scoop mixture into a nonstick sprayed baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is melted then let casserole rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  1. Serves 4
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 More broccoli and turkey recipes:

Turkey Broccoli Brunch Bake

Smoked Turkey Primavera

Broccoli Chedder Turkey Egg Bowl


Smoked Turkey Primavera

 This smoked turkey primavera is a great way to get your veggies!  With 6 cups of your favorite winter vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and mushrooms and a delicious sauce, this dish is good for you (and your tastebuds!)

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Smoked Turkey Primavera
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  1. Smoked Turkey Primavera
  2. 6 Cups fresh winter vegetables, i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms
  3. 2 Tablespoons margarine
  4. 1/2 Cup reduced-sodium chicken bouillon
  5. 1/2 Cup skim milk
  6. 1/2 Cup plus 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  7. 10 Ounces spaghetti or linguini, cooked
  8. 1 Pound SMOKED TURKEY, (white or dark) cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  9. freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets. Slice carrots and stemmed mushrooms into medium
  2. slices.
  3. In large skillet, over medium-high heat, saute vegetables in margarine until crisp-tender. Add
  4. bouillon and milk. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly. Fold in 1/2 cup cheese, cooked pasta
  5. and turkey. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is heated throughout.
  6. Serve on large platter, topped with remaining cheese and pepper to taste.
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Turkey Pumpernickel Strata

This isn’t your typical egg bake.  Pumpernickel bread has such a wonderful, nutty taste to it.  And the saltiness of the pimientos combined with the smoky flavor of the turkey will keep you coming back for more.

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Turkey Pumpernickel Strata
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  1. Turkey Pumpernickel Strata
  2. 4 Slices pumpernickel bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  3. vegetable cooking spray
  4. 1 Cup SMOKED DARK TURKEY, cubed
  5. 1 Can (4 ounces) mushrooms, drained
  6. 1 Jar (2 ounces) pimientos, drained
  7. 1 Tablespoon dried onion
  8. 1 Tablespoon dried chives
  9. 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 Teaspoon pepper
  12. 1 Cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  13. 1-1/2 Cups milk 4 eggs, beaten
  1. On 10-X 15-X 2-inch jellyroll pan, arrange bread cubes. Bake 5 to 10 minutes in 400 degree F
  2. oven or until cubes are dry. Reserve 1/2 cup of bread cubes for topping.
  3. In bottom of lightly oiled 9-inch square baking dish layer bread cubes.
  4. In medium-size bowl combine smoked turkey, mushrooms, pimiento, onion, chives, garlic
  5. powder, salt and pepper. Spread turkey mixture over bread cube layer and top with cheese.
  6. Sprinkle reserved bread cubes over cheese.
  7. In same bowl combine milk and eggs; pour over top of bread layer. Cover dish and refrigerate
  8. overnight.
  9. In preheated 325 degrees F oven, bake strata 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center
  10. of strata comes out clean. Allow strata to stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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turkey salad recipe

Turkey Wild Rice Salad with Grapes Recipe

I know, I know.  This is a fairly summery salad, and here in Iowa winter is still hanging around.  But maybe these fresh flavors will trick you into thinking that warmer weather has arrived?turkey salad recipe


Turkey Wild Rice Salad Recipe
This award winning salad from the Iowa State Fair is a great make-ahead meal. Stir in the grapes and cashews just before serving.
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  1. 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup light sour cream
  3. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  5. 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  6. 3 cups cooked wild rice
  7. 1/3 cup finely sliced green onion
  8. 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and diced
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  11. 1 teaspoon curry
  12. 1 cup halved green grapes
  13. 1 cup salted cashews
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, blend together mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and tarragon; set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl combine turkey, wild rice, onions, water chestnuts, salt, pepper and curry. Stir in mayonnaise mixture until well blended.
  4. 4. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  5. 5. Before serving, fold in grapes and cashews.
  1. 1 serving: calories 398, protein 22.1 g, fat 18.2 g (saturated fat 3.7 g), cholesterol 41.9 mg, sodium 280.9 mg, carbohydrate 39.8 g, fiber 3.3 g
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By the way, here’s another great turkey recipe for summer!

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin Recipe



baked turkey chimichanga

Baked Turkey Chimichanga

According to wikipedia, the origin of the chimichanga is unknown.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken and deep fried.  But this baked turkey version has all the flavor of the original with a lot fewer calories!

baked turkey chimichanga


Baked Turkey Chimichanga
All of the flavor of a traditional chimichanga, made with lean turkey.
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  1. 1 Cup chopped yellow onion
  2. 1 Clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 Teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  4. 1/4 Teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper
  5. 1 Pound Shredded Cooked Turkey
  6. 1-2/3 Cups chunky salsa, drained of excess juices
  7. 1-1/2 Cups fat-free refried black beans with jalapeño chile peppers
  8. 1 (4 Ounce) can diced green chile peppers
  9. 6 Large whole wheat tortillas
  10. 3/4 Cup light sour cream
  11. 6 Ounces guacamole
  12. 1 Cup shredded Mexican Blend cheese
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. In a large heavy nonstick skillet, over medium heat, cook onion until transparent. Add garlic, oregano, salt, pepper turkey and cook until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. 3. Add the salsa, beans and diced chiles. Cook and stir until most liquid evaporates.
  4. 4. Lay the tortillas out flat and portion the turkey mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla. Fold the right and left sides of the tortilla over the filling, then the top and bottom, making an envelope that encloses the turkey mixture.
  5. 5. Place seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until slightly crispy.
  6. 6. Serve with the sour cream, guacamole and cheese.
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cheesy spinach turkey lasagna recipe

Cheesy Turkey Lasagna

We’re bracing for a blizzard again in Iowa.   This has been an exceptionally cold winter, but our snowfall total has been low.  Normally, we would be thrilled about below-average snow fall.  But parts of our state experienced a drought two years in a row, so we need the moisture that snow provides. 

The snow is bringing more bitter cold temperatures with it.  But don’t worry, our turkeys will be safe and warm inside our barns.

And this Cheesy Turkey Lasagna (with spinach!) will keep you warm, as well! 

cheesy spinach turkey lasagna recipe


Cheesy Turkey Lasagna
Cheesy, spinach-y white turkey lasagna...Award winning recipe in the 2004 “Let’s Cook with Turkey” recipe contest sponsored by the Iowa Turkey Federation at the Clay Country Fair, Spencer, Iowa.
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  1. 1 Cup Minced onions
  2. 3 Cups Chopped cooked turkey
  3. 10 oz Frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained, pat dry
  4. 4 Cups Grated mozzarella cheese
  5. 2 Cups Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 Cup Ricotta cheese
  7. ½ tsp Rosemary
  8. 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  9. ½ tsp Pepper
  10. ¼ tsp Salt
  11. 1 tsp Lemon juice
  12. 10 OZ can Cream of Chicken soup
  13. ½ Cup Sour cream
  14. ½ Cup Milk
  15. 9 Lasagna noodles
  1. Wash hands.
  2. Sauté minced onions with 1 T. olive oil.
  3. Mix onions together all remaining ingredients except noodles.
  4. Put 3 noodles on the bottom of 9” x 13” baking pan/dish and top with a layer of the mixture. Repeat 2 more times alternating with noodles and mixture.
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
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