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Turkey Vegetable Rice Bake

Tonight I shared one of my recipes to use up leftover turkey at $5 Dinners: Curried Turkey Salad. It is just one of the ways that I will be using our leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. I will also use the leftover turkey in Tuscan Turkey Soup and use it  make Turkey and Rice Soup, but my kids favorite way for me to use the leftover turkey is in Turkey Vegetable Rice Bake.

Turkey Vegetable Rice Casserole - A Leftover Turkey Recipe

Turkey Vegetable Rice Bake is an odd mixture of ingredients, created on a whim, but some how it works. This casserole is very flexible, so if you don’t have squash, substitute another vegetable that your family enjoys.

Turkey Vegetable Rice Bake
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 8
Turn leftover turkey into a delicious casserole.
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1 small summer squash or zucchini, chopped ( ~ 1½ cups)
  • 2 cups leftover turkey, cubed
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • ¾ cup turkey or chicken broth
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch ( or 4 T. flour)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or (2 teaspoons dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  1. In a large pot, sauté onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and squash in olive oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in turkey and rice.
  3. In a small pot, combine broth, milk, cornstarch, mustard powder, garlic powder, parsley, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add cheese and cook over a medium-high heat until melted.
  5. Pour over vegetable mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
  6. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 12 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the liquid has been cooked off.
  7. Let set for 5 minutes before serving.


How will you be using your leftover turkey? Need ideas? Here is a round up of Leftover Turkey Recipes.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. April@The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Alea, I love how you use up your turkey leftovers! All the recipes sound so delicious, especially this one. Although I live in England and they don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, and I celebrate the Canadian one in October because I was born in Canada, I'm cooking a proper Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and we are celebrating. I've got a 20 pound turkey to cook and there are only a few of us, so I will definitely have leftovers to try your recipes with :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.


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