3 Healthy Recipes for Leftover Christmas Turkey

3 Healthy Recipes for Leftover Christmas Turkey

Fed up of turkey soup and turkey curry? Use up your leftovers and turn them into something that will fuel your training runs.


Breakfast frittata

Perfect for before – or after – your morning run and packed with protein and healthy nutrients.



5 large eggs and 3 whites

Salt and pepper

30g grated cheese

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 shallot, chopped

300g sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

150g leftover turkey meat

100g spinach, chopped

Paprika or turmeric powder




Preheat the oven to 200*C

Meanwhile put the eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk

Stir in the cheese

Heat the oil in a large heavy oven-proof pan

Cook the onions until golden, add the sweet potatoes and paprika/turmeric (to taste, start with ½ tsp) and cook for 10 minutes over a medium heat

Add the turkey meat and stir to mix

Add the spinach and allow to wilt

Pour the egg mixture over the potato/spinach mix and put the pa into the oven for 8-10 minutes (until the eggs are cooked through)

Finish under the grill if you prefer a browned top to your frittata


Turkey shepherd’s pie

Not strictly a shepherd’s pie, but we don’t know the technical term for someone who tends to a flock of turkeys…



2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 brown onion, chopped

1 cloves garlic, diced

100g celery, chopped

300g mushrooms, sliced

3 tbsp flour

400-600g leftover turkey meat

2 tbsp tomato puree or passata

200ml chicken stock

Leftover mashed potato (or a combination of root vegetables)

80g grated cheese




Preheat the oven to 180*C

Heat the oil in a lidded pan

Add the onions, garlic, and celery and cook until translucent

Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes over a medium heat

Add 1 tbsp flour, stir, then add the turkey meat and chicken stock and stir well

Add the tomato paste/passata and bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken

Stir in the remaining flour

Add to a casserole dish, top with the mashed potato or mashed root veg, sprinkle with cheese and cook for 10-15 minutes.


Turkey Chili

Great for lunch or dinner, freezing or packed lunches.

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 brown onions, chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 small red chilli or 1 medium green chili

2 tbsp cumin and 1 tbsp oregano

Salt and pepper

400-600g turkey meat

2 tins (2 x 400g) chopped tomatoes

1 x 400g can red kidney beans

200g frozen or canned sweetcorn

200g frozen soya beans (edamame)



Heat the oil in a large lidded pan, add the onions, carrots, chillies, and garlic and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft

Stir in the dried herbs and spices for 1 minute

Add the meat, tomatoes, and stock and simmer for 20 minutes

Add the beans, sweetcorn, and edamame and simmer for another 10 minutes

Serve with rice, potatoes, bread or just as it is

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