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!
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!