A fast turkey stir fry is a great way to get supper on the table in a hurry and still feed yourself and your family a nutritious meal.
If you happen to have cooked turkey left over from that Sunday dinner, or you simply cooked a turkey breast and now have some left over, then there are a couple of things you can do with it.
You can either freeze it right away ready for another meal, or you can use it in a fast stir fry for that quick dinner you need tonight.
If you happen to cook a turkey or a chicken on the weekend, then this is your chance to plan ahCredit: Amazonead of time for some quick meals. You can simply cut it into slices or chunks (I was never very good at slicing turkey!) and then keep it in a labeled freezer bag for other quick dinners during the week. It thaws out quickly in the microwave, or you can simply place it in the refrigerator from the freezer the night before (don't leave meat thawing on the counter at room temperature) then you can have cooked poultry ready to throw in a stir fry pan or frying pan with a few vegetable and add some flavourings and dinner is ready in minutes.
Here is a tasty quick recipe for fast turkey stir fry that we love at my house.
What you will need:
Leftover cooked turkey (cut into chunks works well in this recipe)
Chopped vegetables of your choice. I used broccoli, mushrooms, onions and red peppers, but you can mix this up. You can even purchase frozen mixed veggies that will work well in this recipe. Frozen is next in line to fresh for goodness with no added salt.
One Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup - I used Campbell's but this is your choice.
1/2 mushroom soup can of milk or water (I used milk)
fresh ground pepper and other seasonings to taste
Brown rice, or if time is limited, you can serve this with a whole grain bun
little oil for pan
Place some oil in the large frying pan or stir fry pan, and heat. Add chopped onion if you are going to use onion, as I like this to get a head start on the other veggies, as I prefer my onion well cooked, but this is up to you.
Add turkey, and remaining veggies. Stir
Add can of mushroom soup and the milk or water. Stir
Season to taste.
I like my veggies still crunchy, so I stirred this around in the pan for about 5 minutes, but you can do this for 10 or more depending on how well done you like your veggies.
That is it, pour it over the rice, or serve with the whole grain bun.
This is a fast turkey stir fry that is ready in literally minutes!
If you wanted to do even more preparation ahead of time, you can get yourself some larger freezer style zip lock baggies and cut up fresh veggies for the week. They will keep well in your refrigerator and will be ready for either a quick snack, or to add to stir fry dinners during the week.
If your night-time schedule is full, and you tend to stop and pick up take-out on the way home, try this type of recipe instead. You will not only save money, but you will save fat and calories. The beauty of a quick stir fry is that you can change-up any of the ingredients and it will become a totally different tasting dinner.
You can switch the can of soup for another flavour, or you can even use salad dressings, such as balsamic, greek, italian or others. You can also great some cheese for on top or add parmesan cheese.
So, next time you buy a turkey or a chicken, consider buying one large enough that you can then cut it up for other meals and label it and date it and throw it in the freezer and save money on high fat and expensive take outs!
Cooking meat ahead of time, such as on the weekends where you could double up the size of the meal and simply freeze leftovers is a great way to save money on your food and grocery bill. You can do these quick stir frys with beef as well as chicken and turkey. You can purchase quick cooking brown rice and other healthy additions to your meal to make dinner time fast and yet healthy.
Stir frys are that "one pot meal" that makes dishes much easier afterwards. So, consider cooking extras on the weekend and cutting up some veggies for during the week. This will make your dinner time routine a little easier and more enjoyable.
If you are a roast beef fan, then check out the leftover beef recipe too.