3 Quick & Healthy Turkey Leftover Recipes

I think we probably all eat a little bit too much over Christmas, but it’s important to get back into a healthy diet as quickly as possible for good weight management.  The winter is a perfect time to eat well as we can pack stews full of vegetables and bust out the slow cooker to make life easier.

No doubt you will have some leftover turkey, and you might be wondering what healthy meals you can cook with it to compensate for all those chocolates and mince pies you’ve been having.  I’ve put together a few I’ll be using over the next few days to help you out with recipe ideas.  They are quick, family friendly and will make a good option for anyone following a slimming world friendly diet.  Let’s kick off with a turkey curry, as it would be rude not to, right?

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Quick Turkey & Spinach Curry


Leftover chopped turkey

1 or 2 chopped onions

1 clove chopped garlic

1 tablespoons of curry powder (2 if you like a bit of a kick)

2 tablespoons tomato puree

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Handful of frozen spinach


If you are following a slimming world diet, spray a saucepan with fry light and add the chopped onions and garlic to it.  After cooking for a few minutes, add the curry powder and fry for a further minute to wake up the flavour in the spices.

Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and spinach.  Bring to a slight boil then cook for about 15 minutes.  Add your chopped turkey and cook for a further five minutes.

Serve with cooked rice.

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Turkey & Vegetable Hash

This makes the perfect meal to warm you up after a winter’s walk.  It’s packed full of flavour and healthy vegetables to get you back on the right track after the indulgence of Christmas.


2 chopped onions

2 cloves chopped garlic

Leftover chopped turkey

2 chopped carrots

4 medium potatoes diced

1 tin chopped tomatoes

100ml chicken stock

Handful of frozen sweetcorn

1 teaspoon mixed herbs

1 bayleaf

Salt & pepper to taste


Put your chopped onions and garlic in a pan and fry for a few minutes using fry light.

Add the stock, carrots, potatoes, chopped tomatoes, frozen sweetcorn, mixed herbs and bayleaf to a pan.  Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add leftover turkey and cook for a further 5 mins.  Season to taste.

Serve in bowls.

Quick Turkey Stir Fry

A turkey stir fry is super quick, really healthy and pretty tasty too.  No one will realise it’s diet food and it beats turkey sandwiches doesn’t it?

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Sliced Leftover Turkey

1 clove chopped garlic

Packet of stir fry vegetables

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

16 tablespoons of light soy sauce

1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice

1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder

1/2 packet of dried egg noodles


Break up the noodles into a bowl and cover with boiling water.  Leave to stand while you cook the rest of the stir fry.

In a small bowl mix the chopped garlic, fish sauce, light soy sauce, Chinese five spice and chilli powder together.

In a stir fry pan add the vegetables and sliced turkey and cook for a few minutes.  Drain the noodles and add to the pan and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.  Add the sauce to the pan and make sure the ingredients are well covered then serve.  This is so quick to make and is also a really healthy family meal.  If you want to swap the packet of stir fry vegetables for some fresh vegetables, it will be just as good, if not better.

What do you do with your turkey leftovers after Christmas?  If you try any of these turkey recipes, I’d love to here what you think in the comments below.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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12 Discussion to this post

  1. Richard Eldred Hawes says:

    Whilst I did not have Turkey this year these recipes will work just as well with Chicken

  2. Alan Hooper says:

    Turkey Curry is always a tradition in our house the day after Christmas. And adding spinach into the curry is a great way to hide some goodness for the kids. Thanks for the recipes.

  3. Veronica Lee says:

    I love that these are quick and family friendly. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    The curry looks lovely – I find peppers & mushrooms go well too.

  5. A S,Edinburgh says:

    These all sound very tasty, and do look easy to make. Thanks for posting!

  6. Peter Watson says:

    We had a lovely piece of fillet of beef this year with a wastage level of zero and made some juicy gravy too.

  7. Rebekah Jones says:

    Love these ideas .. nice to see a healthy curry on here too …most of the ones i have seen have cream in which turns my stomach !

  8. Samantha O'D says:

    Some great ideas, not a huge Turkey fan but the family insisted this year

  9. William Gould says:

    Great ideas, however I love my cold meats with pickles, salad, cheese and Branston, and, say, a few potato croquettes!

  10. Susie Wilkinson says:

    A great idea for leftovers, a little bit different from the norm!

  11. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Great recipes to enjoy -I’ll substitute some chicken as part of my healthy new year eating plan

  12. Lee Berry says:

    Lovely recipies – hungry and drooling now – have bookmarked to try them later

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