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Lighten Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey recipes don't have to weigh you down

Barbecued Turkey Sandwiches

Barbecued Turkey Sandwiches

Pants feeling a little tight after gobbling your way through Thanksgiving? Here are a few ways to lighten up your meals while clearing those turkey leftovers out of your fridge.

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Basil Turkey Soup

After a busy day of Christmas shopping, it's easy to put together Basil Turkey Soup with leftover turkey and frozen vegetables. It tastes like it simmered all day! — Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Harvest Turkey Soup

The recipe for this super Harvest Turkey Soup evolved over the years. I've been diabetic since I was 12, so I've learned to use herbs and spices to make dishes like this taste terrific. It also has a colorful blend of vegetables. — Linda Sand, Winsted, Connecticut

Broccoli Turkey Salad

This Broccoli Turkey Salad tossed medley of turkey, broccoli, pineapple and greens is very good. A refreshing poppy seed dressing is the fast finishing touch. — Joyana McShane, El Cajon, California

Melon Turkey Salad

With its combination of tender chunks of turkey, sweet melon balls and juicy grapes, this Melon Turkey Salad is a winner at our ladies' club. — Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois

Lime Jalapeno Turkey Wraps

This recipe came about years ago when I was a child. My grandfather enjoyed burritos filled with leftover turkey, lime and chilies. I've tweaked the Lime Jalapeno Turkey Wraps recipe a little to better suit our tastes. — Mary Jo Amos, Noel, Missouri

Barbecued Turkey Sandwiches

These moist shredded Barbecued Turkey Sandwiches are a welcome break from beef barbecue or sloppy joes. The turkey cooks in a tangy sauce made with ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. — Barbara Smith, Columbus, Ohio

Spinach Turkey Noodle Bake

This creamy, comforting casserole is a terrific way to use up leftover turkey. I usually freeze diced cooked turkey in 2-cup portions and have them ready to use when someone requests this Spinach Turkey Noodle Bake." — Ramona Fish, Columbus, Indiana

Makeover Turkey Biscuit Bake

This better-for-you Makeover Turkey Biscuit Bake is just as hearty as Oregonia, Ohio cook Diane Hyatt's original, but satisfy her wish to make it lighter, too. Our home economists cut the fat and saturated fat by more than 80% and reduced the calories, cholesterol and sodium by about half. — Taste of Home's Test Kitchen