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If you are fed up with leftover turkey casserole, these low-carb keto recipes are for you.
These are the easiest ways to use Christmas leftover turkey or chicken, ham, beef, and even how to use leftover salmon so nothing goes to waste and to help you keep on track. All the low-carb keto recipes are gluten-free.
What is a traditional Christmas meal? For many, it is traditional to cook a turkey on Christmas day but others like to cook roast beef, roast pork, whole poached salmon, or glazed ham. And if you have just finished celebrating your Thanksgiving dinner, then you will need clever new ideas to use up your leftover turkey … again.
Most of these festive recipes are also very adaptable to whichever leftover meat you have for Christmas leftovers or Thanksgiving leftovers.
Can I use chicken instead of turkey?
Yes, chicken is a great and cheaper alternative to leftover turkey. Not everyone likes turkey but most people love chicken.
All the keto recipes below can be used interchangeably for leftover turkey or chicken. You can even make most of these low-carb keto recipes with cooked chicken, chicken breast, or a rotisserie chicken
Can I use pork instead of ham?
Yes, you can use leftover pork instead of leftover ham. You can make a tasty low-carb keto casserole, soups, broths, and casseroles with both.
What are the best low-carb and keto side dishes?
If you don’t want to cook, then buy a pre-bagged salad and make a 1-minute magic mayonnaise.
Recipes to use leftover turkey and chicken
Delicious roast turkey and chicken can be interchanged in many of these keto recipes. Whether you’re looking for a low-carb turkey casserole, leftover turkey or chicken salad, or ways to use your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner without anyone knowing these low-carb recipes will make your meal prep a breeze.
ABC burgers (avocado, bacon, and chicken leftovers)- perfect for chopped cooked turkey. The whole family will love easy turkey burgers.
Leftover turkey meat can be mixed with mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl, cooked as leftover turkey soup, mixed with cream cheese as a dip, or shredded leftover turkey can be served as a quick and easy turkey salad.
Bone broth, don’t even think about throwing those amazing turkey bones away. Save the turkey carcass or chicken carcass and any leftover vegetables and throw them in your slow cooker or Instant Pot and allow them to release all their amazing nutrients and flavors to make bone broth, turkey stock, or turkey soup.
Fathead pizza, is the most downloaded recipe for my entire site. Why not add any leftover meat here and add suitable herbs and cheeses that best accompany the meat? If you want to add leftover turkey, add some slices of brie, Camberbert, and leftover cranberry sauce too.
Easy Avocado Boats – 3 ways – these are simply amazing with leftover turkey mayonnaise. Simply mix some leftover chopped turkey with 1-minute mayonnaise.
Instead of serving leftover chicken or leftover turkey with traditional fresh green beans, mix it with a few simple herbs and spices then serve in a large lettuce leaf.
Using leftover turkey in a turkey casserole can get boring pretty quick, so jazz it up and find new keto recipes with this easy chicken salad (or leftover turkey salad).
Marinade your leftover turkey with a few simple herbs and spices, coconut cream, and a piece of keto naan bread, served on a bed of golden brown cauliflower rice, is the perfect antidote to Christmas dinner.
Recipes to use leftover pork
Mix some leftover pork with a cheat’s cheese sauce and throw it in a casserole dish, cover it with shredded cheese and BBQ sauce, and you’ve got dinner sorted for tonight. This a tasty casserole even the pickiest eater will love.
You can use leftover pulled pork or roast pork and serve it in gluten-free keto dinner rolls for a quick mid-week low-carb family dinner.
Any leftover meat will work well inside a keto breakfast casserole or a breakfast burrito.
An easy way to make a gluten-free breakfast that is also low-carb keto is by making baked ham and egg cups. You can add any low-carb leftovers from your Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner inside.
Recipes to use leftover beef
If you have been lucky enough to enjoy roast beef over Christmas and have leftover beef to spare, you can make any of these recipes.
Mix your cooked beef with the cheat’s cheese sauce and pour it into your prepared baking dish, making for a quick and easy low-carb casserole.
Fry leftover beef, leftover turkey, or chicken, with a bag of coleslaw. Serve it as it is or serve it with cauliflower rice for a low-carb fast food.
Recipes to use leftover bread
What do you do with leftover bread, leftover stuffing, or even stale bread? Never throw it away, keep bread in a ziplock bag in the freezer and plan these tasty gluten-free dinners when you don’t want to cook.
- Fry leftover bread for quick and easy keto croutons for a leftover turkey salad.
- Mix bread with mayonnaise and leftover turkey to fill avocado boats.
- Make a quick leftover turkey casserole by mixing turkey leftovers, cream cheese, bread cubes, and leftover vegetables. Cook and serve your turkey casserole with mushrooms, mozzarella, and cauliflower.
Recipes to use leftover salmon
A whole poached salmon can be a refreshing change from roasted turkey or chicken, so if you have any leftover salmon, these are the best ways to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.
What is your favorite way to use leftovers at Christmas? How do you make sure you stay on track and keep eating low-carb over the holiday season? Leave a comment below, I love getting new ideas.
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