What do you do with all your Christmas leftovers? Do you dread eating ham or turkey every single day?

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31+ clever ways to use leftover turkey and Christmas leftovers for an easy keto dinner (you’ll actually want to eat).

Low-carb Christmas leftover recipes don’t have to be boring, or difficult. All that leftover turkey can be used in so many ways, other than a low-carb leftover turkey casserole.

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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?

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Best side dishes for leftovers.

Once you know to avoid high-carb vegetables such as green beans and mashed potatoes, you’ll discover how many delicious recipes you can enjoy on your low-carb diet or keto diet.

The best low-carb keto side dishes for chicken and low-carb turkey casserole are steamed vegetables, keto garlic bread, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice, and keto dinner rolls.

If you want to know what to serve with pork, then go for cheddar keto biscuits, creamy asparagus, or baked broccoli and cauliflower.

And if you are serving beef, the easiest side dishes are coleslaw, spaghetti squash, and creamed Brussels sprouts.

If you don’t want to cook, then buy a pre-bagged salad and make a 1-minute magic mayonnaise.

Keto Tortillas Recipe
These easy 3-ingredient keto tortillas will make you excited for Taco Tuesday again!
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3 Ingredient Easy Keto Pasta Recipe (egg-free)
This easy keto pasta will blow your mind. It can be made from scratch in a few minutes and doesn't contain gluten, eggs, or nuts. The perfect recipe for 2 or double to feed 4.
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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.

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Keto Caesar salad with leftover turkey or leftover chicken.

The ultimate high-protein keto meal, chicken Caesar salad can be made with leftover turkey and even leftover coconut flour cornbread stuffing instead of croutons.

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ABC burgers (avocado, bacon, and chicken leftovers)- perfect for chopped cooked turkey. The whole family will love easy turkey burgers.

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Delicious keto ABC burgers (avocado, bacon, and chicken leftovers)
Keto ABC bun-less burger recipe
ABC bun-less keto burgers are easy to remember and even easier to make for dinner tonight. Naturally gluten-free and so healthy and nutritious.
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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.

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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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
Turn the bones from a whole chicken into delicious bone broth.
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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.

FatHead Pizza Recipe (Best Keto Pizza Crust)
FatHead pizza recipe is the NUMBER ONE recipe that every reader NEEDS to make. It has won over many traditional pizza lovers who are never going back. See the conversion below to see how to make these using almond flour or coconut flour.
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Easy Avocado Boats – 3 ways – these are simply amazing with leftover turkey mayonnaise. Simply mix some leftover chopped turkey with 1-minute mayonnaise.

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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.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Slow cooker buffalo chicken lettuce wraps is a tasty meal that is nutritious and easy to throw together. This recipe is low-carb, keto friendly, and gluten-free.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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).

Easy Versatile Keto Chicken Salad
This low-carb chicken salad is a quick and easy meal that is full of flavour and vegetables. It makes the perfect dip, snack, or meal.
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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.

Keto Butter Chicken Recipe
Keto Butter Chicken is a delicious Indian dish with bold and rich flavors. Served over cauliflower rice this easy dish is low-carb, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
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Recipes to use leftover pork

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Low-carb keto recipes to use Christmas leftovers (you’ll actually want to eat).

If you have any leftover pork and sage sausage stuffing, keto glazed ham, pulled pork, or roast pork will all work well in these easy ways to use leftovers.

Keto Pork Sausage Stuffing Recipe
The easiest Keto Stuffing (Pork Sage Sausage Stuffing) you'll ever make! Perfect for keto Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gluten-free and quick to make.
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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.

Keto Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Recipe
Keto Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese combines all your favorite comfort foods into one with a healthier twist!
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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.

Easy Keto Dinner Rolls Recipe
These mozzarella dough keto dinner rolls are soft, pillowy, and delicious with a crunchy crust!
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Any leftover meat will work well inside a keto breakfast casserole or a breakfast burrito.

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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.

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Low-Carb Sloppy Joes Recipe
A tasty sloppy joe that can be served over 1-minute muffins, chaffles, or between a keto bagel.
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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.

Easy Keto Crack Slaw Recipe (10-minute dinner)
Have a healthy dinner ready in 10 minutes with this keto dish. Crack slaw is like eggroll in a bowl but with the delicious flavors of bacon. Perfect for dinner, lunch, or meal prep. Recipe can be doubled or cut in half.
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Keto Hamburger Salad Recipe (Big Mac salad)
This keto hamburger salad lets you enjoy all the flavors of a McDonald's Big Mac without the carbs or added sugar.
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Keto Zucchini Taco Boats Recipe (courgettes)
Super easy recipe for keto zucchini stuffed taco boats. A delicious and healthy Mexican meal for the whole family. Quick and easy.
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Keto Meatloaf Cupcakes Recipe
Versatile and easy meatloaf cupcakes are great for dinner, lunch or the school lunch box. Make extra as they freeze really well in an airtight container. They can even be used when you need a protein hit.
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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.
Low-Carb and Keto Stuffing Recipe (Cornbread)
Delicious keto cornbread stuffing 3.4 g net carbs (low-carb and keto stuffing) – the perfect healthy Thanksgiving side dish the whole family will LOVE.
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Easy Keto Cornbread Recipe (6 ingredients)
With this tasty keto cornbread recipe, you can enjoy all the flavors and textures of cornbread (without the carbs)! You only need 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare this classic Southern recipe with only 2.9g net carbs.
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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.

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roulade (Keto Friendly)
Utterly delicious high protein keto smoked salmon and cream cheese roulade. Serve cold with a large salad at holiday barbecues or sliced as a small appetizer.
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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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