ThanksgivingFeastHopefully everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! At our house we over ate a bit but were very happy to enjoy a completely gluten-free holiday. The food was as good (or better!) than any gluten containing dishes from yesteryear. From turkey with dressing and gravy to Honeybaked Ham with pineapple casserole – we ate like gluten-free royalty. Even those in the group who can eat gluten enjoyed our bountiful meal and no one complained that anything was missing from the wonderful dishes we shared.

It’s simply a wonderful feeling when you can relax and enjoy a totally gluten-free meal, knowing that no one misplaced a serving spoon and therefore contaminated something you put on your plate unknowingly. When all the dishes served are gluten-free, there is no anxiety about getting sick later. When all the desserts are gluten-free, there is no feeling left out when everyone raves about a treat you can’t have. It’s odd, I think, to have such strange feelings about food, but most of us can’t control how we feel.

So, our big holiday weekend is over and now many of us have more turkey leftover than we know what to do with.  Luckily, all one has to do is search the gluten-free blogosphere to find  a plethora of handy recipes to help use up leftover turkey creatively. Here are a few interesting ways to rid your fridge of turkey and one super simple way to make turkey noodle soup.

  • Karina, the Gluten Free Goddess, created Turkey Sweet Potato Enchiladas which use up two leftover Thanksgiving foods.    
  • Natalie, aka Gluten Free Mommy, posted an easy Turkey Noodle Casserole recipe. If you don’t like broccoli, consider using asparagus instead. 
  • Here is a very unique Turkey Crepe Wrap recipe from Teri Gruss at About.com. Just use Thanksgiving turkey instead of deli turkey.
  • Last but not least, here is a super simple recipe for Turkey (or chicken) Noodle Soup from Recipe Zaar.

For the most part, turkey can be used in the place of chicken. Make turkey tacos instead of chicken tacos or substitute turkey in your favorite chicken casserole dish. If you have a quiche recipe that calls for chicken, use turkey in it instead. Finally, when you just can’t eat another bite of turkey, wrap the plain leftover meat in freezer bags for future use. Make sure to mark the date on the bags so you don’t pull it out in a year and a half and wonder how old it is. I’ve done that more times than I care to admit.

If you know of a creative way to use up leftover turkey, please list it in the comments below.