Making Leftover Turkey Yummy Again

Here’s a great recipe from my great friend Donna Alward, with a fun suggestion for leftovers! I’m putting this on my list for the week’s dinners!

She also has a wonderful, heartwarming book out this month, just in time for Christmas! If you’re looking for a book that will give you a little extra dose of holiday spirit, pick up A Cadence Creek Christmas! And now, without further ado, Donna’s recipe for leftover turkey!

9780373742660_LPIt’s always a conundrum in our house. How much turkey can you eat until you’re sick of it? This time of year in particular, there’s Thanksgiving Turkey soon to be followed by Christmas Turkey. (Incidentally, I love that Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, so we have a bigger gap between those holidays. I’m not too proud to shop at your Black Friday specials, though!)

We have the traditional turkey dinner, and then there are  Hot Turkey Sandwiches the next day. Then there might be Turkey Fried Rice and spring rolls, or Turkey Pot Pie. One of our favorite recipes, though is even easier and really tasty. And my husband, who normally SHUNS anything that is a casserole (except lasagna or scalloped potatoes), admits it’s one of his favorites too. The great thing is you can use whatever vegetables your family likes.



That’s right. I said Mr. Noodle.

1 tbsp olive oil

2 pkgs Chicken flavor Mr. Noodle

3 cups chopped turkey

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 cans water

½ diced onion, ½ cup diced celery, 1 cup sliced mushrooms (all three optional)

2 cups frozen veg – peas, mixed veg, whatever your preference


2 cups chopped broccoli

1 cup breadcrumbs with ½ cup parmesan cheese (you can sub bread crumbs for your preferred crunchy topping)

Directions: Saute onion, celery and mushrooms in olive oil until softened. Add turkey to heat through. Stir in cream of chicken soup, water, bouillon from the Mr. Noodle packets, and vegetables. Once it’s heated through, break up your noodles and add to the mixture, stirring to coat noodles with sauce.

Once the noodles are a bit softened, turn the mixture into a casserole sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with the bread crumbs and cheese and bake at 375 for 35-40 min.

The recipe goes together so fast you should still have time to pick up my latest book and see what’s happening in Cadence Creek – mainly a wedding, a week before Christmas. Here’s the blurb:

 It’s Christmas in Donna Alward’s Cadence Creek…

Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organize her brother’s Christmas wedding. Organizing such a special event might be a little bit stressful – but she can’t deny she’s swept away by the town’s holiday charm…and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock. 

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He’s sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out -she’ll be hightailing it straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance. Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?

Donna’s website

Twitter: @DonnaAlward

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