Turkey chow mein is a delicious quick healthy way to use up any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. Reinvent your turkey with this unique combination of Asian flavours!
Hey folks, it’s been a while since we’ve had any new stir fry recipes on the blog so what better time is there than now! This tasty turkey chow mein is the prefect way to use up any of that leftover turkey.
Not only that but you can use up any other leftover vegetables in this stir fry too and it doesn’t have to be after Thanksgiving or Christmas when you make this recipe either. A couple of grilled and chopped up turkey or chicken breasts could also be used.
As usual I’ve kept the calories and fat as low as possible in this family meal guaranteeing that it’s much healthier than your Chinese takeaway and probably much cheaper too!
If you’re fortunate like me to be taking part in TWO Christmas dinners this year, you may want to take note of this handy recipe!
This year I’ll be doing Christmas lunch for my parents on Christmas Day and then on Boxing Day Lady Lynne and I head off down to her parents at Greenock to partake of another Christmas lunch. My parents head over to my brothers house in Inverkeithing.
My Christmas Day lunch is planned like a military operation. 😆
I’ve been using the same timings and plan for the last 5 years of Christmas lunches that I’ve done. Everything gets made / goes into the oven at specific times. It’s all project planned, it comes from being an IT Project Manager which my real life job!
But seriously folks, do everything you can to alleviate any stress this Christmas Day.
It can be particularly challenging trying to get so much done in so little time, and just for one meal. I’ve used the same menu for the last 5 years too. Everyone loves it, so why would I want to make it difficult or change it by making something that somebody doesn’t like?
Here’s some other tips to help you reduce the stress of Christmas cooking :-
- Make a list and shop for all food at least 2 days before Christmas Day
- Have a plan (rehearsed if possible) for exact cooking timings and servings on the day
- Get your guests to help out with simple tasks like doing the dishes
- Serve the meal in stages, not all at once
- Keep a note on your plan of what went well and what didn’t for next time
Above all remember that the holiday season should be a joy, a happy occasion with family and friends and not an ordeal.
Being prepared, applying some basic planned time management strategies and having a list will help you to remain in control.
Oh, and one final tip (one I should probably take more notice of myself 🙂 ), make sure you don’t drink until after the meal has been served and when you can relax too!
Turkey Chow Mein
- 2 nests of wholemeal noodles
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 300 g cooked turkey sliced thinly
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1 red pepper sliced thinly
- 110 g white mushrooms sliced thinly
- 4 spring onions sliced
- 120 g beansprouts
- 225 g tin water chestnuts drained*
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
- Place the wholemeal noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and leave for 4 minutes? To stand.
- Heat the oil in a wok / large frying pan then add the turkey, garlic, red pepper, mushrooms, spring onions, beansprouts and water chestnuts. Stir fry for 5 – 6 minutes.
- Tip the wholemeal noodles into a sieve to drain the water thoroughly give them a shake and then add them to the wok combining them well into the rest of the ingredients and stir fry for a further 5 – 6 minutes.
- Stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil and combine well into the stir fry.
- Divide amongst plates and serve with the sesame seeds sprinkled over.
From Turkey Chow Mein To A Weekend In London
So folks, what else is happening at the moment? Well I expect like us you’re really busy preparing for Christmas, but hopefully you’re also getting some time to enjoy this time of year too.
We had an amazing weekend in London at the start of December celebrating Lady Lynne’s birthday. I traveled down on the Friday 1st to meet Lynne at Canary Wharf (above) where she was working at her employers HQ doing a presentation that day.
I love how we have to take a boat across The Thames from Canary Wharf to get to the hotel we like to stay at when we’re in London. I loved even more how the hotel upgraded us because it was Lynne’s birthday!
What an excellent view we had looking West over London from our room, although that picture might not convey it as good as it was.
As the hotel is situated on the South Bank we always enjoy the 5 miles walk on the Jubilee Walk into London City itself. In fact that picture above may appear remarkably similar to you regular readers as I wrote about the very same in the No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake post when we were in London last, for our Les Miserables Weekend Break!
And I’m pretty sure you’ll recognise this very famous London landmark above?
Aladdin was excellent and we had a fantastic meal at vegetarian restaurant, Mildreds (Lynne’s choice) where I had wood roasted mushroom and ale pie with minted mushy peas and fries and Lynne had southern deep-fried vegan buttermilk and polenta mock chicken with red cabbage, maple coleslaw, sweet potato fries and smoked chipotle dip. Both dishes were amazing!
It was such an excellent weekend and we were even fortunate to be able to return home to Glasgow on time as ours was the first train back on the Sunday 3rd at 12.28 that had been able to run all weekend due to overhead line cables being fixed! How’s that for good luck? Otherwise we might have been stuck in London! All’s was well that ends well as they say! 😉
Anyway, that’s enough about us! If you want more then check out this London Bus Tour from last year.
For now this turkey chow mein recipe is for you, I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
Join me on Thursday for another fantastic recipe for using up that leftover turkey. Leftover Turkey Soup!
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