5 Paleo Ways to Use Your Leftover Turkey

By MarieNovember 27, 2017

Thanksgiving is over, and you might be wondering how to use up all your leftover turkey. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been eating the big bird all weekend and are sick of it by now. Time to get creative! These 5 healthy Paleo recipes are tasty alternatives to turkey sandwiches. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Toss it on a Salad

Salad with leftover turkey

But not just any old salad! This rainbow salad from Paleohacks is packed with protein, crunchy flavor and a colorful array of vegetables and fruits. Best part? The ingredients in this salad pack a serious nutritional punch! Your body will get plenty of healthy fats from avocado, immune boosting nutrients from red cabbage, Vitamin A from carrots, fiber from pomegranate, and of course- protein from the leftover turkey. You can prepare a big batch ahead of time (just keep the dressing in a different container than the meat and veggies) for a week of easy lunches. Get the recipe here


Stir it into Chili

Chili with leftover turkey

Chili is the perfect way to warm up on a rainy San Francisco night. This version from Paleo Leap is bursting with flavor. It uses root vegetables in place of kidney beans (I like to make it with sweet potatoes but you could also use carrots or parsnips), which adds a touch of sweetness to spice. Since the meat is already cooked, it’s quick to whip together. Plus, you can freeze it for later. What’s not to love? Recipe here

Whip up a Turkey Bolognese

Leftover turkey bolognese

This delicious recipe from Cindy’s Table uses spaghetti squash to transform this dish into a low-carb, low-sugar, gluten free alternative to classic pasta dishes. Spaghetti squash is full of essential minerals, and is rich in Vitamin B, which boosts energy and helps cellular function. The recipe also uses butternut squash to add a creamy, sweet touch to the sauce. This bolognese is a great choice when you just can’t deal with holiday food anymore. Get the recipe here


Try a Leftover Turkey Thai Curry

Turkey Thai Curry

This lemongrass infused Thai Curry from Simply Stacie is an awesome alternative to boring turkey sandwiches. It takes less than 20 minutes to make; perfect if you’re tired of cooking after Thanksgiving. To make the recipe Paleo, substitute cauliflower rice. Nom Nom Paleo has an easy version of cauliflower rice that’s simple to make. Using cauliflower instead of white rice will help stabilize your blood sugar and keep your energy high. So what are you waiting for? Get the leftover turkey curry recipe here

Spice it up with a Tex-Mex Skillet

Tex-Mex Skillet

This southwestern turkey skillet from Paleo Leap is loaded with peppers, onions and avocado. If you don’t like spicy food you can skip the pickled jalapeños. On the other hand if you love the heat then load on the peppers! Spicy food has a variety of health benefits, including weight loss, heart health and lowered blood pressure. Try out the skillet here


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