Butterball Turkey, Not Just for the Holidays

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There is nothing I like more than a traditional Turkey dinner.  A perfectly golden Turkey over-stuffed full of my Mother’s delicious stuffing, surrounded by rich, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, a dry buttercup squash, turnip drowning in salt, pepper and butter, and of course cranberries to top it all off.

Usually a meal of this magnitude is saved for holidays.  Our family traditionally has a huge meal like this for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Just this past Christmas I hosted holiday dinner in my home for the first time, cooked my own Turkey, and loved every moment of it.  Why do we save such a delicious meal for Holidays only?  Cooking a Turkey is hardly a lot of work…quite honestly a pot of chili requires far more prep work than throwing a Turkey in the oven, that’s why I’ve decided that from now on I will be cooking a Turkey monthly.

Turkey is Not Just For Holidays

I call this meal planning at it’s finest, and with school about to return to session getting on top of “What’s For Dinner?” (or lunch or breakfast) is a huge goal of mine.  Since my husband and I work shift work, there are only a few days a month when we’re both off for an entire day.  These are the days I plan my big meals.  I try to make sure those big meals extend into lunchs for the rest of the week…this is why I think Turkey is a fabulous idea to turn into a monthly meal.

When we are finished with the first meal from our Turkey dinner, I take all the meat off the bones and separate into freezer bags, portioned perfectly with enough turkey meat for sandwiches and wraps for one day.  (Label or date the bag, you’ll want to use it up within 2 months for the best flavor).  Then the bones go back into a pot with onion, celery and carrots to make the broth for soup!  (I usually make this the same day I cook the turkey)  I freeze the broth until I’m ready to make soup!

From that one meal I will then be able to pack school lunches, make lunches at home and even quick dinners.  Here are a few of my favorite things to create after a Turkey dinner!

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 Yes, that’s Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Noodle Soup and Yummy Turkey Sandwiches!

What do you love to make with Turkey?  I’d love to hear your favorite recipes in the comment section below!

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Serves 10
Prep time 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 6 hours
Allergy Egg
Meal type Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Use up that leftover Turkey in this easy to make Turkey Soup Recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pile of Left Over Butterball Turkey Bones
  • 2 Carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (Chopped)
  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 or 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sage
  • 3 Carrots (Sliced)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (Sliced)
  • 1 Onion (Sliced)
  • 1/2 PKG (Egg Noodles)
  • Salt & Pepper (Add to your own taste)

Directions

Step 1
Fill a large stewing pot 3/4 full of cold water (or enough to cover the turkey bones)
Step 2
Add chopped vegetables & spices
Step 3
Turn stove on high and boil for 1-2 hours, adding more water when needed.
Step 4
Strain broth into a new pot and pick the bones clean using a fork and your fingers. Put the picked turkey meat into the broth.
Step 5
Discard bones and veggies from strainer.
Step 6
Chop more carrots, celery, onion (and any other veggies you would like in your soup) and bring to a low boil.
Step 7
Add Egg Noodles, salt & pepper and simmer until noodles are cooked.

This post is sponsored by Butterball Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and monetary compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Good ideas. Chicken has been tackled here, also… http://www.squawkfox.com/2011/01/31/1-chicken-22-meals-49-bucks/

  2. We love to make a turkey on the weekend and then have leftovers to use throughout the week, too. I should actually, get one cooked before school goes back. That would be a fab. idea!

    BTW, the soup looks fantastic.

  3. I LOVE turkey and it is definitely not just a holiday food for us! I love cooking a large one and portioning it out for future meals!

  4. I wish I was brave enough to try to cook a turkey. Maybe that day will come. These are wonderful tips. I do love turkey and there is so much you can do with it. Plus, it reminds me of happy family gatherings. Good ol’ comfort food.

  5. You!!! I am sitting here and you should hear my stomach rumbling now. Darn it. I am suddenly starving. Turkey will do. Right now. Great recipe. It obviously worked on me.

  6. Thank you for the great recipe for soup – Turkey Noodle is one of my favorites from childhood but I haven’t made it in forever. Will definitely give it a try .

  7. We just had a turkey last weekend. It’s not just for the holidays :) It’s such an easy thing to prepare and you can use it for many other meals.

  8. I love turkey and I love the leftovers as much as the big meal.Your turkey soup recipe looks like a delicious way to use up some of those leftovers too.Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for the great idea’s. With Thanksgiving coming up I am sure I will have lots of left over and will sure try some of these recipes!

  10. Karen Evans says:

    My sister is cooking a Turkey today, with all the fixings. She likes to cook, I like to eat something I can nuke in 6 minutes! :)

  11. Jo-Anne Pfoh (@jopfoh) says:

    we use turkey in a lot of things in our house and I try and cook turkey monthly. Of course not a whole turkey but they sell fresh turkey legs with breast attached which is the size of a small chicken lol

  12. judy gardner says:

    i have never had turkey pot pie or turkey noodle soup – but they sound wonderful!

  13. Christy Martin says:

    I would love to make the turkey pot pie and wish I had thought of it 2 weeks ago. However, I have my turkey bones in the freezer and thanks to this post…….today might be a perfect day to start a soup and dig in halloween night while handing out candy!

  14. I love turkey all year round,its my favorite.

  15. We also do turkey year round. I love turkey pot pie.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Turkey is, to me, so much better than chicken it has so much more flavour. There’s also always plenty left over for sandwiches, stir frys, turkey soup, turkey pies etc etc, there is no end to things you can make with turkey :-)

  17. I have a butter ball turkey just waiting to be cooked up. I love making turkey pot pies with the left overs.

  18. Love the turkey BLT sandwhiches!

  19. I just love all of the great meals you can make with Butterball turkey! Love the Turkey Pot Pie idea!

  20. Yum! I love turkey and would be great to eat it year-round.

  21. Darlene Schuller says:

    oh, that turkey noodle soup looks FABULOUS!! pinned for later thank you so much!

  22. Turkey noodle soup looks really good. Thanks for posting, you always get the most delicious looking pictures.

  23. I love making different recipes using turkey, but my hubby is not a big turkey fan

  24. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I could eat turkey any day of the week and I love soups, so this is just right for me :-)

  25. I love turkey soup. Have you ever used barley instead of noodles?

  26. kathy downey says:

    We love turkey and it is definitely not just a holiday food in our home,every other month I cook a 25-30 lb turkey with all the trimmings then we,make up some tv dinners,and bottle soup….I love turkey soup

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