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MONDAY MEALS: Turkey Noodle Soup & Grilled Cheese

So I don’t know about all you but I have a TON of turkey leftovers which means . . . I have to start getting creative.  But this recipe’s a no-brainer since Dee loves chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese (well who doesn’t really?).  We made this up yesterday for lunch and it was so simple and so good (plus it’s getting cold here in Portland so it warmed us all up before our afternoon walk).

Grilled Cheese - Mmmmm

Grilled Cheese - Mmmmm

Turkey Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese, and Green Juice

Turkey Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese, and Green Juice

For the turkey noodle soup I modified the recipe from myrecipe.com:


  • 1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups turkey broth from the turkey bones at thanksgiving
  • 2 cups (3 ounces) uncooked egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups shredded turkey (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 can cream of chicken soup


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot, onion, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add celery, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth and next 3 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add shredded turkey; cook 3 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Add 1/4 can of cream of chicken soup at end and stir until incorporated.  Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper, if desired.

And the secret to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich?


  • shepherds bread
  • a good quality medium to sharp cheddar
  • water
  • non-stick pan with lid


  • Heat non-stick pan on medium heat.  Butter bread on one side .  Add cheese in between two slices of bread with buttered sides on outside.  Place in pan once pan is hot and pour about 1 tablespoon of water onto side of pan making sure not to get the bread wet.  Cover with lid and steam until toasted on one side.  Flip and repeat the process on other side. (I’ve even known people who butter and toast on both sides adding the cheese after toasting the tops of the bread so feel free to try that variation too!).  Perfection every time!

Enjoy your left overs!



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