Hearty turkey barley soup

A bowl of turkey barley soupDue to the summer heat, I’ve been using my crockpot a lot more than my oven, especially for cooking large quantities of meat. I recently threw two large turkey breasts into the crockpot with a seasoning rub (that I threw together) and some reduced sodium chicken broth.

From this, I decided to reserve some of the meat for a turkey-potato-veggie dinner, some for sandwiches (turkey club anyone??) and the rest, I threw into a stewpot on the stove with some barley and vegetables. Yes. Soup in the summer. I’m okay with eating soup in the summer. I like to freeze it into smaller portions and then pull it out on a rainy day! Here’s what I did:

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Christmas leftovers stew

A bowl of stew with a spoon sticking in it.We all end up with leftovers at Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!), don’t we? I know I do. Not only did we have leftover chicken from our Christmas-Day-at-home this year, but also turkey that Mom sent home with us the night before.  We had an entire veggie tray that was just going to waste, too. So, I put  on my thinking cap, set my big stew pot on the stove and started to clean out the fridge. Here’s what I did…

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Turkey Quesadilla – a quick and filling dinner

A flour tortilla in a pan has had cheese, turkey, tomatoes and green onions spread evenly over it.Wow, has it been a week since I posted last? I’m hoping to have a really good post in a few days, but here’s one about a quick, tasty and filling dinner I made myself this week: a quesadilla! This one, however, wasn’t just stuffed with cheese. I pulled a bunch of stuff  out of the fridge and decided to use it as a leftovers carrier!

I was going to grill the tortillas, but these were larger-sized tortillas and didn’t fit in the grill too well. Some people fold over their quesadillas. Sometimes I do, too. But that night, I was really hungry so I wanted a large, unfolded quesadilla using two tortillas. So, out came the large frying pan and the Pam. Continue reading

Leftover Cheesy Turkey Pasta

A white rectangular plate with a fork to theright side displays cheesy mini-bowtie pasta with peas, parsley and leftover turkey.Here’s another quick recipe for you if you’re bored with your leftover turkey already. I’m basing this, once again, off of my bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast dinner, but I’ve adjusted the recipe below to assume you’ve just made a regular turkey dinner. Adjust as you wish! Continue reading

Easy Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

It’s now half a week past Christmas: are we tired of leftover turkey yet?? I’m not, but I like to re-jig leftovers so that I don’t get tired of the ingredients.

A rectangular white plate sits atop a blue striped tea towel. Upon it rests a serving of turkey pot pie made with leftovers, with a fork.What better way to reuse turkey dinner leftovers than to slap it all into a pot pie?

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Turkey Leftovers Recipe 1 – Grilled Cheese-Turkey Pita Sammy

Half of a grilled cheese turkey pita sandwich sits on a plate with a knife and fork resting next to it.Well, it’s Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, and so many of us are faced with the same thing: leftovers!

This morning, I was hungry and still had a taste for turkey (believe it or not). So, I pulled out the remnants of my bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast dinner from Christmas Eve and pondered what to do with them. Normally, I’d consider an omelet but I checked my last two eggs and found that they had expired. Alas!

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Bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breasts w/twice-cooked garlic mashed potatoes

A white plate painted with green ivy holds two slices of bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breasts, peas, additional stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings and twice-cooked garlic mashed potatoesI have a tiny little kitchen. It’s an apartment or galley kitchen. It’s larger than some I’ve seen, but there really is only (just barely) room for me to move back and forth in. Whenever poor hubby comes to get a drink while I’m in there, he hears an apprehensive, almost warning voice emanate from me, asking, “What… do… you… need?” I don’t like other people coming into  the kitchen while I’m there. After accidentally bumping into the oven too many times to count due to having another human being in the kitchen with me, perhaps my hesitation can be a little understandable.

Despite this, I wanted to make us a special dinner for  Christmas Eve. I didn’t want to get a turkey for just the two of us, so I snagged a couple of turkey breasts from the grocery store a couple of days ago. Sure, I could have just baked them off, but I wanted something fancy.

Inspired by a couple of Food Network Christmas shows (namely the ones with Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey in them), I decided I wanted to stuff and roll these turkey breasts. Continue reading