Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Charlie and I are celebrating in the States this year with our daughters, American son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons! We truly do have much to be grateful for! I’m thankful for loving family, good health, and the ability to pursue a comfortable lifestyle doing things I enjoy.
While the Canadian Thanksgiving statutory holiday is on the second Monday in October, we celebrate anytime throughout the long weekend. The holiday was declared by the Parliament of Canada in 1957 as “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed…”
Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada now, the U.S. a little later, or any other holiday that calls for the cooking of a big turkey, you’ll probably have leftovers! I’ve brought together six of my favourite recipes that use cooked, leftover turkey or chicken for you to make this week.
Since we raise free-range chickens on our farm, I roast a lot of chickens and enjoy the leftovers frequently. For that reason, I have come up with quite a few recipes to deal with them. I love leftovers!
If you haven’t cooked your turkey yet and would like my recipe for cooking an unstuffed bird, click here. Check out my gluten-free gravy here.
Leftover Turkey Recipes
- Chicken Avocado Salad incorporates the health-promoting fats of avocado with the crunch of celery into a simple, meaty salad.
2. Chicken Salad with Fruit is a special treat with the sweetness of fruit and slight hit of onion in a creamy dressing.
3. Curry Chicken Salad is a lovely blending of raisins and apples with chicken in a creamy curry dressing.
4. Mango Chicken Salad contrasts the sweetness of ripe mango with a little red pepper and a touch of heat.
5. Strawberry Chicken Salad is a special salad with Chocolate Balsamic Salad Dressing and chicken or turkey on a bed of fresh spinach greens and, of course, strawberries.
6. Chicken Pot Pie is the only hot dish here. If you have leftover gravy and/or vegetables from your turkey dinner, you could even save yourself some steps. To make it gluten-free, you’ll need a gluten-free pie crust. My guests are always surprised to learn that mine is gluten-free! I hope to share it with you soon!
So, put away those leftovers, make your grocery list, and enjoy some easy meals in the days ahead! I’d love to hear which recipes you tried and what you like best!