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What To Do With That Left Over Turkey? Healthy Mac ‘N Cheese!

A perfect, healthy lunch solution for all that left over turkey -- Mock Mac N' Cheese.  It might not look pretty in the container, but it is tasty.

A perfect, healthy lunch solution for all that left over turkey — Mock Mac N’ Cheese. It might not look pretty in the container, but it is tasty.

With half a turkey breast and a leg sitting in the fridge, I started wondering how I could jazz up dinner.  I came across this George Stella recipe for Mac & Cheese (substituting cauliflower for the macaroni!) and it hit me. Add the turkey to increase the protein!

I ended up dividing the casserole up into 8 single serving size containers. A perfect Grab-&-Go lunch for my working hubby.

The dish is delicious and I didn’t miss the pasta at all…of course all of that glorious bacon helped.

For those of you not eating low-carb and want to use fewer points, try using fat-free cream and Cheddar cheeses, and less bacon (I can’t believe I wrote that!).

Mock Mac ‘N Cheese
Net Carbs: 3g
Weight Watcher PointsPlus: 9
Servings: 8


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 C broccoli, chopped
  • 1 C cooked turkey, diced (can also use chicken)
  • 3/4 C heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese, sliced
  • 1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 C cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 oz. cooked bacon, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375; spray a 9 x 9 inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the cauliflower and broccoli for about 5 minutes. Drain well; pat between layers of paper towels to dry. Transfer to casserole dish along with the turkey.
  • In a small saucepan, bring the cream to simmer; whisk in cream cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Stir in 1-½ C of the cheese and whisk until the Cheddar melts and combines with sauce. Remove from heat and pour over the ingredients in the casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the bacon all over the top along with ½ C of Cheddar. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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6 thoughts on “What To Do With That Left Over Turkey? Healthy Mac ‘N Cheese!

  1. It sounds good. I usually make turkey carcass soup- turkey and veggies in broth.

  2. Never thought anything with mac and cheese on it could be healty! lol

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