Tonight I made a really yummy and pretty healthy soup, that we all gobbled up, pun intended! I was searching for recipes to make with our leftover turkey. You see there was only 6 of us at our house this year, and I went to Costco to get the turkey... smallest bird I could find was 21 pounds. So we have quite a bit of leftovers.
I found this recipe online and adapted it to what I had and what I knew my family would eat. Here is my version:
Hearty Turkey with Butternut Squash and Quinoa
1 medium sized butternut squash
1 tablespoon olive oil/ or butter
1/2 a large yellow onion or one whole medium onion, chopped up
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1 can of black beans
1 Cup uncooked Trader Joes Harvest Grains (mix of couscous, orzo, quinoa)
2 cups cooked cut up or shredded turkey
Sprinkle bowl with parsley flakes
- Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside. Once cool, cut into cubes
- Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
- Drain water from pan, re-heat pan and warm oil or butter.
- Saute onion and garlic until starting to brown, about 8 minutes
- Add in salt, and oregano. pieces of squash, and mashed squash, saute for another minute.
- Add in Chicken Broth and can of black beans, bring to a boil
- Once soup is boiling, add in Harvest Grains (quinoa/ pasta mix), boil for 10 minutes, then turn to low
- Add turkey, and cook on low for 10 more minutes
- Serve up and sprinkle with parsley flakes
Cornbread was the perfect completion of this meal. What did you do with your thanksgiving leftovers?