If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers after a big festive meal, the next question is clear: How do you eat them in a slightly new way, so monotony doesn’t set in?! This slow cooker recipe is your easy answer. It’s simple, tasty, and led by a few key concepts that can be applied to many other leftovers.
Don’t let that food go to waste! But keep in mind:
- Good casserole is about layering. So prioritize ingredients that can mix well in a single bite.
- Slow cookers more easily re-heat. You’ll need a lot longer if you want to actually cook meat.
- Work in some color (a.k.a. fruit & veg). You’re missing some good nutrients if food matches.
- Don’t forget the healthy substitutions. Like all cooking, focus on salt & sauces for easy subs.
- Watch portion control. It can be harder to track when ingredients are cooked this way.
Make sure to keep your plate or bowl a reasonable size when serving food from a slow cooker, and that you’re still building a healthy, varied meal of protein, fruit & vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.
Turkey Leftovers Slow Cooker Recipe
- 3 cups prepared stuffing
- 4 cups cooked turkey
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise* (*or healthier low fat greek yogurt or nayonaise)
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
- 1 & 1/2 cup mashed potatoes* (*or healthier non-sweetened sweet potatoes)
- Optional: 1/4 cup bread crumbs (*or panko or dried whole grain roll crumbs)
- Optional: 2 cups leftover vegetables (corn, broccoli, peas, green beans)
- Spray your slow cooker with a nonstick cooking spray.
- Layer your stuffing on the bottom, then top with cranberry sauce.
- Put your turkey down next, and top with half of your mayo (or substitute) and Parmesan mixture.
- Top with optional veggies, your mashed potatoes, and then the second half of your mayo mixture.
- Top with optional bread crumb, cover, and cook for 2-3 hours on high.
Note: Nutrition per serving is too tricky to determine when your leftover ingredients can really vary. Keep portions in mind like you would during an ordinary meal, and watch (or skip!) your salt and sauce additions.