Turkey Wild Rice Broccoli Bake

December 1, 2014

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I hope so! Mine was filled with delicious food, funny movies, and Black Friday ad browsing. (Does anyone else get super excited for the Black Friday ads in the paper? I love it!)

Now it goes without saying that Thanksgiving leftovers are quite possibly the BEST kind of leftover you could have sitting in your fridge. As my husband told me on Saturday while eating his open face turkey sandwich – “this stuffing gets better and better each day!”

If you’re anything like me, however, after several meals I am ready for a change. While the turkey is – hands down – my favorite part of Thanksgiving, I need to do something with it by Sunday. It can’t just be another turkey sandwich. This is where my Turkey Wild Rice Broccoli Bake comes in.

Super easy to throw together, a refreshing and healthy change from the ultra comfort food of Thanksgiving, and most importantly – DELICIOUS – this recipe is one of my new favorites. Plus, it is another great way to incorporate wild rice in your diet, which is something I am always trying to do as evidenced here, here, here, and here (please excuse the horribly dark picture…). Savory and creamy with a wonderful chewy texture from the wild rice, this one pot meal is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey. (Alternatively, you can certainly substitute chicken, if desired)

What is your favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers? Link up your recipe below!

Turkey Wild Rice Broccoli Bake

Serves: 4
Time:   50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 10 oz. box frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbls. Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat, cook diced onions until soft and translucent.
  3. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  4. Meanwhile, heat broccoli in the microwave according to package instructions.
  5. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients except for the 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Transfer rice mixture into a large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray (or four ramekins).
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until hot all the way through. 
  8. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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