What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Turkey Noodle Soup!

This will be a quick post today as I am about to head out to do some shopping but wanted to share with you my favorite easy soup to make with leftover turkey :) I make this every year for my family and they love it !

  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 parsnips or turnips (optional)
  • leftover turkey meat
  • Broth (I like to make my broth out of the turkey carcass but you can use store-bought!)
  • 1 can cream of celery or cream of chicken
  • 1 bag whole wheat noodles, cooked al dente

If you want to make homemade broth, it’s a little time consuming but I think it’s worth it.   Just put your turkey carcass  into a large pot and cover with water.  Simmer on low heat for 2-4 hours…the longer the better !  Strain the broth into a large bowl and chill in the refrigerator.  Skim the fat off the top and voila you have homemade broth :)

Saute the veggies in a little olive oil until softened.  Add your broth, turkey, cream of chicken and cooked noodles and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  I sometimes add a cup of frozen corn to this too…YUM !

I will also be posting again about my sister-in-law’s butternut squash casserole she brought to Thanksgiving.  It was AMAZING !  I posted on it a couple months ago but mine wasn’t nearly as good as hers because of some substitutions I made.  Hers was a big hit with everyone … I will be making it for Christmas eve dinner this year too.

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!

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