Leftover Turkey Recipes- Louisiana Fried Turkey Fat Facts!

Thanksgiving turkey leftover turkey recipes with fried turkey

Leftover Turkey Recipes with Louisiana Fried Turkey

Here in Louisiana, we love our fried turkey and we order one for the holidays.  Even thought you’re stuffed after the Thanksgiving meal, you might be looking for leftover turkey recipes?  I know I am tired of eating and cooking, but I want to use my turkey leftovers. I’m rescuing you with my easy heatlhy recipes and you’ll use up all those leftover ingredients! I will solve your cooking issues and my recipes are simple-to-make.  Best of all, they are delcious one-dish meals! My go-to entree salad this time of year is my Turkey Apricot Wild Rice Salad from Eating Well To Fight Arthritis.  I also prepared on TV my simple crock pot Turkey and Sausage Jambalalya from KITCHEN 101 and the jambalaya tasted so good with no cooking effort. Both these recipes make great leftover recipes and make them year round with chicken.

Fried Turkey Fat Facts

Did you wonder if fried turkey was not as good for you?  I discovered these great facts and I am thrilled. I found this information in our newspaper, The Advocate.

Fried turkey can be more healthful if you don’t eat the skin, but experts recommend not eating the skin no matter how a turkey is prepared.  “Frying a turkey in oil does not necessarily increase the amount of fat in the turkey,” Beth Reames, a nutritionist with LSU Ag Center says. “Frying correctly helps to prevent a greasy turkey.  The high heat of the oil sears the skin quickly, preventing the oil from being absorbed and keeping the juices inside.”

Major Souce of Fat is Turkey Skin

Nutrition and health experts recommend removing the poultry skin before eating, because the skin is a major source of fat in the turkey. “Even cooking your turkey in a turkey fryer or roaster that doesn’t use oil won’t conserve calories and fat if you eat the skin,” Reames said.  Remember, turkey is a great source of protein and is low in fat! It is an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins, Reames said. Now, time to share some of my favorite leftover turkey recipes and remember to use year round with chicken! I think rotissiere chicken I think the greatest invention is rotissiere chicken, however, I also found shredded turkey in the grocery stores.

Favorite Leftover Turkey Recipes

My Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Quesadillas from Gulf Coast Favorites makes a great turkey leftover recipe.  I crave this sweet and salty recipe.

chicken quesadillas for leftover turkey recipes

Try my Turkey and Sausage Jambalaya from KITCEHN 101 because it’s great for leftover turkey recipes. Turn the crock pot on, go shopping and dinner will be ready when you get home.

leftover turkey recipes with fried turkey for Turkey and sausage jambalaya

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad from Eating Well To Fight Arthritis

During the holidays you can count on having extra wild rice and turkey so turn leftovers into tomorrow’s dinner. This is one of my favorite leftover turkey recipes and once you taste it you’ll  understand. By spiking the rice with vivid colors. flavors and toasty crunchy almonds, you’ll whip up an undemanding and unforgettable salad.  Rotisserie or grilled chicken works well alsowhen you don’t have leftover turkey.

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings

2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons roasted seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 cups cooked wild or brown rice
2 cups chopped boneless skinless cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken
1 cup dried apricots strips (about 6 ounce package)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries
1 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1. In small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger.  Set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except almonds. Then, mix with dressing and refrigerate until serving. Before serving, toss with almonds.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 277, Calories from fat 23%, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 111mg , Carbohydrate 39g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 19g, Protein 16g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 lean meat

Terrific Tip:  Use kitchen scissors to cut dried fruit into strips or the scissors cut chicken great also. I use rotissiere chicken year round because I don’t have Thanksgiving leftovers all the time.

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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