Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Thanksgiving leftovers are the stars in this soup.
Thanksgiving leftover are the stars in this soup; pair it with a salad for a Panera night.

Thanksgiving leftovers are the stars in this soup; pair it with a salad for a Panera night .

I ‘m looking at Thanksgiving in my rear view mirror. But I have to tell you, all the  cooking and prep work before the big day has paid off!  We enjoyed the day at a slow pace and ate our big meal in the late afternoon. The turkey and fixins’ came together beautifully; my daughter added in some homemade corn pudding and deviled eggs (thank you Sydney).

So in addition to having a delicious  Thanksgiving meal with my family, an abundance of leftovers made meal prep for Friday, Saturday and even Sunday easy peasy! As a matter of fact, it allowed me time to almost complete my Christmas shopping! Yep, I’m serious and stay tuned because I do have some fun gift ideas for the health enthusiast on your list!

So how do you do Thanksgiving leftovers?  Do you just reheat and serve em’  as you did on the holiday?  No shame in that,  I did it too! But if your leftovers are plentiful, and you’re not into having Thanksgiving for the next week, I’ve got a tip for you!   Repurpose Thanksgiving food so it’s doesn’t resemble leftovers.  Here’s what I mean, leftover turkey and leftover wild rice stuffing from my feast are the stars in this turkey and wild rice soup. Serve this warm  soup with a salad for a Panera night, not a leftovers night!




Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Thanksgiving leftovers are the stars in this warm soup that pairs well with a tossed salad.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: soup
  • Cuisine: American


• 2 Tablespoons olive oil

• 1 cup vidalia onion, chopped

• 3 stalks celery, chopped

• 3 large carrots, chopped

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced

• salt and pepper to taste

• 12 ounces leftover cooked turkey, shredded

• 2 bay leaves

• 1 teaspoon dried sage

• 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

• 8 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

• 2 cups leftover wild rice stuffing


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add in onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook until softened , about 8 minutes.
  2. Add in mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms have released some of their liquid, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in turkey, bay leaves, sage, rosemary, oregano and broth.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in wild rice stuffing . Heat another 5 minutes, or until heated through. Remove bay leaves before serving.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 960 mg
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 24 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 18 grams
  • Cholesterol: 45 grams

Thanksgiving Menu

A  menu for a healthier Thanksgiving has more vegetables, a whole whole grain, and less sugar.I did something I never do, I calculated the calories, and macronutrients of the Thanksgiving meal  I’m serving at my house on Thursday. It may surprise you, but while I perform nutrient analysis for my clients and on individual recipes, it’s rare that I calculate or track full meals of my own. So why now? I did this to  back up my claim that this is a healthier meal.   I took one serving of the above foods for calculations. Here are those serving sizes: 4 oz. roast turkey; 2 cups tossed salad with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette, 1/2 cup lower sugar sweet potato casserole; 2/3 cup wild rice stuffing; 1 cup green beans; 2 tablespoons fresh cranberry sauce, 1 baked apple.

That said, here ‘s the break down (insert drum roll):   927 calories, 118 grams carbohydrate, 36 grams of protein and 38 grams of fat. Whew, that sounds like a lot, right? Well, consider this: the Calorie Control Council estimates Americans consume upwards of 2000 to 3000 calories at their Thanksgiving celebrations. Now, my 927 calorie meal is looking much slimmer!


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