Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

One of the benefits of hosting Christmas dinner is having lots of leftover turkey to eat in the days following. Here are some great recipe ideas for two that utilize cooked skinless turkey breast meat.

Turkey Pasta Diablo (Phase 2)
Cook 4 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 chopped small onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes. Add 1 cup finely diced skinless white turkey meat; stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Add 1 cup canned chopped tomatoes and their juices; simmer sauce until heated through. Toss sauce with pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a light sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan.

Curried Turkey Salad (Phase 1)
Stir together 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger in a medium bowl. Fold in 2 cups cubed  skinless white turkey meat, 1 diced celery stalk, 1/2 diced cucumber, 2 tablespoons diced red onion, and 2 tablespoons of a chopped fresh herb, such as parsley or cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over lightly dressed greens.

Ginger Turkey Stir-Fry (Phase 1)
Stir together 1 tablespoon canola oil, 2 chopped scallions, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger in a medium bowl. Add 2 cups cubed skinless white turkey meat and stir to coat; set aside for 10 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey mixture and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 2 cups small broccoli florets, 1/2 cup halved snow peas, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more, stirring constantly, or until broccoli is tender. Serve hot.

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