Thursday, November 18, 2010

Recipe: Turkey with Snow Peas

Looking for a cheap and delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers?  Try this great recipe for turkey with snow peas.

This recipe was inspired by my mother-in-law, who makes it as a dish for company.  I'm making it here with leftover turkey, but she usually uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead, dicing them into bite-sized pieces and marinating them in the cooking sauce.  Just be sure to thoroughly boil the sauce before serving if you use it as a marinade.

The most expensive ingredient here is the snow peas, but luckily the recipe doesn't use much, just 4 ounces.  To get mine cheaply, I used a $1 off produce coupon from Target. (Check some of my great Target deals here.)  The total cost of the snow peas before the coupon was $1.16, so after the coupon, the snow peas only cost 16 cents!  (If you can't find such a great deal, you could substitute frozen snow peas or sugar snap peas, but I like the crispiness of fresh.)

To cut down on the saltiness, use homemade chicken broth instead of canned.  I make a pot of chicken broth on my Freezer Cooking Days and then freeze it in ice cube trays.  Then, when I make sauces, I just take a few cubes, melt them in the microwave or in a saucepan, and I have fresh homemade broth.

TURKEY WITH SNOW PEAS from Frugal Follies

8 ounces chicken broth
2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 small or 1/2 large green or red pepper, diced
1 lb. leftover turkey, chopped into 1" cubes
4 oz snow peas, strings removed

Make the cooking sauce: In a medium bowl, mix the broth, soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger, and red pepper flakes together.  Set aside.

Make the thickening liquid: In a lidded plastic bowl, put in the water and cornstarch.  Put the lid on the bowl and shake until the cornstarch is thoroughly mixed with the water.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat.  Stir fry the scallions for 1 minute.  Add the celery and carrots and continue to cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes.  Add the green or red pepper and continue to cook, stirring often, for another 2 minutes.

Add in the cooked leftover turkey and mix together.  Turn heat to high and add cooking sauce. Once the sauce comes to a boil, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Turn heat back to high and add thickening liquid.  Continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened.  Turn heat back to medium and add snow peas.  Cook for 1 more minute or until snow peas turn bright green.  Remove from heat and serve over a bed of brown rice.

Makes 4 servings.

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Teresa November 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

I can always use another way to use up our leftover turkey. Happy Foodie Friday!

cheerful November 21, 2010 at 4:38 AM  

sounds yummy...great recipe and thanks much for sharing! happy weekend! :)

Unknown November 22, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

looks delicious...and i am jealous that you have a target with fresh produce! thank you for sharing this great "leftover" recipe with tuesday night supper club and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING November 23, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

Thanks for linking up to This Week's Cravings. Next week we will be featuring Crock-Pot recipes.

Hunger and Thirst November 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

Hey, thanks for pointing out the coupon, love that! I know sometimes expensive produce makes me think twice about a dish. This looks like a nice refreshing day after recipe. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

The Wise Alternative 918-836-0565 November 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

I haven't had snow peas in waaay too long. After seeing your recipe I'll be buying some and making it very soon! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

HaleyLeann November 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Yum!!! This looks so good! I LOVE all of the veggies in this dish. Thanks for linking up at Recipes I Can't Wait to Try! I hope to see you next week!

Unknown November 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

I think I would really like this. Thanks for sharing it. Come link up with Crock Pot Wednesdays. There's a giveaway going on.

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