Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Deliciously Transformed


Recipes and photography by Lunches + Littles

This year, for likely all of us, things have looked very, very different. The way we work, the ways we shop, the ways in which kids get their education, even the ways in which we travel and see our beloved family and friends- it has all changed. And this year, our holidays may look quite a bit different too. I know ours will….

For a lot of us, including our own family, we have family members and close friends that live out of state, and traveling right now or having larger gatherings together simply may not be possible. With all of these changes, many of us may find ourselves celebrating the holidays in untraditional ways this year- or at the very least gathering with less people around the table. But, one thing that remains the same is that most of us will still be celebrating, and there is one staple that will likely find its way to the middle of the table no matter where or who you gather with. Yep, we are talking about the turkey.

Now, we love juicy, tender turkey meat on Thanksgiving with all the fixings, but we all know it doesn’t need to stop there. And while most of us are probably used to eating lots of turkey sandwiches as leftovers in the days following the big feast, this year we are taking leftovers to the next level with a couple of delicious recipes that feature the star of your Thanksgiving meal, in two totally different ways.

Turkey Fajitas with Homemade Salsa Fresca

First up we have our Turkey Fajitas with Homemade Salsa Fresca. For this dish, we take leftover turkey, marinate it up with a homemade spicy marinade- made with cumin, garlic, and adobo sauce. Cook it all up and serve the seasoned turkey alongside delicious, fresh tri-colored sautéed peppers- and more. It’s a tasty twist on traditional fajitas, and they are oh so good. And the salsa fresca- that’s fresh too. For this delicious fajita topping, we use the maverick mix® tomatoes from Village Farms. If you are not familiar, this medley of tomatoes contains four to six different, flavorful varieties- like cherry and grape tomatoes, each one with a distinct shape and flavor. Red, orange, yellow, green, and brown- the maverick mix® medley boasts a rainbow of color with a sweet and intense flavor profile. Perfect in so many dishes, this mix was a delicious choice for this recipe.​​​​​

And, while most of you probably know that Village Farms grows a wide variety of delicious greenhouse grown tomatoes. Did you know they also grow delicious bell peppers and cucumbers too? Over the last year as we have been adding more and more fruits and vegetables to our dishes (yes, even more than normal!), we have been using a lot more of their peppers and cucumbers too, and Village Farms makes doing so very easy. Their sweet bells® peppers work perfectly in this fajita recipe and also add the perfect pops of color, which we love!

Tomato Basil Turkey Soup

Another delicious way to elevate your leftovers is our Tomato Basil Turkey Soup. This recipe is amazing and surprisingly quick to pull together, which is great because post-holiday, you are going to want to rest a bit (or shop!), am I right? This soup is packed with flavor, made using delicious heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes from Village Farms. These mini San Marzano tomatoes pack in so much flavor and are perfect for soups and sauces. We love using them in homemade tomato sauce for spaghetti, though they are also incredible as is- we all love eating them straight out of the container as sides, or even snacks.

Our Tomato Basil Turkey Soup is hearty enough for a full-on meal, thanks to the turkey addition. And while it kind of brings us back to our younger days of grilled cheese and tomato soup- this soup definitely doesn’t taste canned. No, this one is full of fresh flavor in every bite. Roasted heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes are not only blended right into the soup base, they are also added in roasted for extra bursts of flavor all throughout. You have to make it to truly get it. And when you do- you won’t be disappointed!

When it comes to the holidays, yes- this year may look a lot different, but we hope that no matter who you spend it with, or how you choose to celebrate, you have a beautiful time, full of love, gratitude and of course-good eats. And, if you find yourself with some leftover turkey meat, we hope that you will give either- or both, our Turkey Fajitas with Homemade Salsa Fresca or our Tomato Basil Turkey Soup recipes a try.

For more recipes to take you through the holidays- and beyond, be sure to follow us over on our feed, @lunchesandlittles. ​​​​​Happy Thanksgiving from our family- to yours!​

Recipes and blog were created exclusively for Village Farms by Lunches + Littles​​​ ​​​​​​​