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Creative Fat-Blasting Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipes

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Below is a helpful post for creative Thanksgiving leftovers from my company’s blog site.  Enjoy!


It’s Thanksgiving in a few days and it’s that time when most people associate this week to be the start of inevitable holiday weight gain.  The ultimate seduction of succulent turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet cranberry sauces, and the oh so sinful pumpkin pie.  Bwa-ha-ha!  


Honestly, we say indulge (and so does the Fitness Wife), because Thanksgiving dinner is the time to celebrate.  But definitely take responsibility the days after.  


Thanksgiving leftovers can be very healthy with some creativity and resourcefulness.  Turkey, most especially, is a fat burning, lean protein, superfood.  If you didn’t already know, protein is the main nutrient responsible for repairing and building lean muscle tissue after a good workout.  Adequate protein intake is crucial to maintaining your lean muscle mass.  


You see, muscle is your metabolism because the more muscle you have the more calories your body is able to burn on a daily basis.  Muscle is basically your metabolic engine.  And as stated earlier, protein is essential to maintaining muscle, is the last nutrient to be stored as body fat, and it takes twice the metabolic energy to digest protein versus carbohydrates and fat (Protein thermic effect: for every 100 calories = 20 calories burned; Carbs & Fat thermic effect: for every 100 calories = 10 calories burned).  


So if there’s any food to gorge on this Thanksgiving – let it be turkey!


Ok, so turkey can be easy to prepare especially since it’s in bulk during Thanksgiving.  Below are some awesome “better body” turkey leftover recipes from one of our colleagues to help you create a lean protein foundation.  Enjoy!


Turkey Salad


– 6-8 oz. Turkey Breast chopped into small cubes 

– 1⁄4 red bell pepper 

– 1⁄4 green bell pepper 

– 1⁄4 red onion 

– 2 Tbsp canola or olive oil mayo


Mix all ingredients together and enjoy over a bed of greens. 

Makes one male serving and two female servings. 


Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Roll-up


– 6-8 oz. Sliced Turkey 

– 1 Tbsp Fat Free Cream Cheese 

– 1 Tbsp Dried Cranberries 1⁄2 Clove of Roasted Garlic Salt and Pepper to taste 

– 2 Whole Grain Tortillas 


Soak cranberries in water for 20 minutes or microwave until soft if you are short on time. Mash the 1⁄2 clove of garlic. Mix cranberries, garlic, and cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mixture into the inside of the tortilla(s). Add turkey breast. Fold up sides, roll up, and enjoy! 

Makes one male serving and two female servings.


Turkey Medallions With Cranberry Glaze

Turkey Medallions: 

– 6-8 oz. Turkey 

– Non-stick spray Turkey Seasoning

Cut Turkey Breasts into small medallions, sprinkle lightly with seasoning. Reheat in a pan sprayed with non-stick oil on medium heat until lightly browned on both sides. Drip Cranberry glaze (below) over the medallions.

Cranberry Glaze: 

– 1 Cups Dry white wine    

– Turkey or chicken stock, as needed 

– 1 1⁄2  Cups Dried cranberries

– 1⁄4 Cup of Pine nuts, toasted  

– Pinch of Salt

Add 1⁄2 cup of white wine and 1⁄2 cup of turkey stock to pan. Add other 1⁄2 cup of turkey stock, cranberries, pine nuts and pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until reduced in volume by half, about 4 cups.

Makes one male serving and two female servings.


Turkey Shepherds Pie


– 2 cups cubed cooked turkey 

– 3⁄4 cup turkey gravy 

– 1 small can whole kernel corn

– drained 1 cup of chicken stock 

– 1 cup of water 

– 3 cups steamed cauliflower 

– 2 cups celery, chopped 2 carrots

– chopped 1 onion chopped 2 cloves garlic

– minced 1 bell pepper, any color

– chopped Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. First you must make the gravy. Take the garlic, 1 cup of celery, carrots, onion, bell pepper, chicken stock, water, vegetables, salt and pepper to taste. Add to a pot, boil until vegetables are soft and blend in a blender or food processor. 

Next, you will take the steamed cauliflower and mash it, or place it in a food processor until the consistency is like that of mashed potatoes. 

Next, in a baking dish, layer the turkey, gravy, corn, remaining celery and mashed cauliflower. Bake, uncovered at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes. 

Makes 2 male servings and one female serving. 


Turkey Florentine


– 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach 

– 2 tablespoons smart butter 

– 1 cup cooked whole grain fettuccine 

– 2 cups diced, cooked turkey 

– 1 cup turkey or chicken stock 1 

– (8 ounce) package fat free sour cream and onion dip 

– 1⁄2 teaspoon onion salt 

– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 

– Non-stick cooking spray


Cook spinach according to package directions; drain. Stir in smart butter. Place noodles in a non-stick sprayed baking dish; top with spinach. Combine turkey, stock, onion dip and onion salt and spoon over spinach. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes or until bubbly.


Turkey Green Bean Casserole


– 1 bag of frozen green beans

– 6-8 oz. of cubed cooked turkey breast 

– 1 can of organic cream of mushroom soup 

– 2 cups Kraft all natural fat free cheese 

– Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients into a casserole dish and bake for about 30 minutes or until completely hot. Makes one male serving and two female servings.


Get Strong, Get Fit, Get Sexy!


Dedicated to your fitness success,


Rommel Acda, MATS,CSCS and Belton Lubas, NASM-CPT

Element 5 Fitness


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  1. These recipes are very helpful! Each year there is always so much waste. The ideas above will put an end to that.

    I will let me clients know about your blog.

    Jim O'Connor

    November 24, 2008 at 1:59 am

  2. […] And for some great ideas on what to do with all that leftover turkey, check out my husband’s latest blog, Creative Fat-Blasting Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes. […]

  3. hi, thanks for an awesome post. I really enjoyed reading it…

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    November 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

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