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November 27, 2010

Sick of Leftovers Yet?

It's been two days since the big Turkey Day.  Do you still have leftovers?  Are you getting a bit bored with turkey dinner, turkey sandwiches or turkey salads?  Apparently, you should only keep leftover turkey in the fridge for four days before discarding it or freezing it, so today is crunch time.  I searched one of my favorite online recipe sites, Eating Well, for a fresh idea that I could adapt to my own taste and came up with Turkey Tostadas.

Crispy Turkey Tostadas


1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, Mexican seasoned with jalapeƱos
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 cups shredded cooked turkey, {or chicken}
8 corn tortillas
Canola or olive oil cooking spray
1 avocado, pitted
1/4 cup prepared salsa
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded low calorie, Monterey Jack cheese
Kosher salt, just a pinch or two


Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375°F.  If you prefer to have soft tacos, just heat your corn tortillas in the microwave for 15 seconds instead.

Bring tomatoes and their juice to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and most of the liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Add turkey {or chicken} and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, coat tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Divide the tortillas between 2 large baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until crisped and lightly brown, about 10 minutes.

Mash avocado in a bowl. Stir in salsa, sour cream and cilantro and salt to taste, until combined.
To assemble tostadas, spread each crisped tortilla with some of the avocado mixture. Top with the turkey {or chicken} mixture, lettuce and cheese.

Health Tip:  all leftover turkey should be heated to 160 degrees to be safe!

Serve with black beans and some rice and enjoy!

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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I just made turkey dumplings- yours looks good!

ellie k said...

we ate with my daughter so only brought home a few leftovers. we were tired of them this evening and opted for McDonalds dollar deals.

ellie k said...

I finally figured this google thing out I think. Thanks

Pat Tillett said...

You've outdone yourself with this one! Too bad the leftovers are gone already. I'll save this one! Thanks Nancy...

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Ren, turkey dumplings sound good!

@ellie, so glad you've now got the google comment thing down:)

@Pat, thanks! Sounds like your Thanksgiving meal was planned just right....not too many leftovers:)

Katie said...

We totally change it up tonight at my SIL's house and left the turkey in the fridge. Instead we had Ginger Chili Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas. But...the turkey is lurking so we'll definitely try this recipe early this week! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This looks great! I can't wait to try it.