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Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls

Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls

Disclosure: October is Canadian Turkey Month! I’m working with Canadian Turkey to remind you that Canadian Turkey is a great choice for dinner any day not just holidays and that leftover turkey can be your best friend! As always, all opinions are my own!

I love holiday turkey! You roast (or grill) it once and have tasty leftovers for the next few days (or longer if you freeze them). It’s like the very best meal prepping plan EVER. However, to make the most of your turkey, you need to have a plan for your leftover turkey! That is where our Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls come in!

Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls

Just remember, whether it is a whole turkey, ground turkey or a turkey cut, Canadian Turkey is a great way to serve a lean, delicious protein on your family’s plate!

What is a Buddha Bowl?

Buddha Bowls are a yummy mixture of greens, protein, beans and nuts with a dressing to bring it all together. Basically it is deliciousness in a bowl!

Why Canadian Turkey?

  1. Easy Substitution – Turkey makes everyday meals delicious and tasty.  It’s packed with flavour and you can easily substitute turkey into any of your family’s favourite meals.  Make Canadian Turkey Month the time to sample some new and different recipes. Scroll down to see some of my faves!
  2. Lean But Juicy – It’s hard to believe but with turkey, both white and dark cuts are lean.  That means you can enjoy any cut you prefer and feel good knowing you are choosing a healthy protein without compromising on flavour, tenderness or juiciness.  To find out more about why turkey is a healthy choice for everyday living, visit
  3. So Much To Choose From – Turkey is such a versatile protein, with so many cuts of both dark and white meat to choose from, including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, breast steaks, breast rolls, breast roasts, thighs, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers.  It makes it easy to enjoy turkey at breakfast, lunch or dinner! Look for a variety of cuts at your local grocer or butcher during Canadian Turkey Month.
  4. Pack A Flavour Punch – Turkey plays well with other flavours.  It’s hearty taste and texture marry well with bold profiles, making it a perfect partner for spices and rubs.  Make recipes your own by using your family’s favourite flavours and change up your everyday dishes using rubs, marinades and sauces.  Need inspiration?  Visit!
  5. Perfect For Penny Pinchers – Turkeys are generally larger than other poultry options and deliver a lot of meat for the price.  Whole birds can be roasted for pennies per pound. They are a perfect choice for batch cooking meals or freezing leftover meat that can come in handy as an everyday meal starter.  Cuts like drums, breasts and thighs are larger, so you need fewer pieces to feed your family and plan for leftovers to stock your fridge.

Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls Recipe

Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls
Yield: 6

Leftover Turkey Buddha Bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A great way to turn turkey leftovers into a healthy and delicious meal!


  • 2 cups Canadian turkey leftovers
  • 2 cups cubed sweet potato
  • 2 X 398 ml cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp each: turmeric, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 3 cups kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).  
    2. Spread chickpeas and sweet potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet.
    3. Drizzle with ½ of the olive oil.  Season with dried spices and salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Bake for 20 – 25 mins or until lightly browned.  Let cool.
    5. While baking, heat the other ½ of the olive oil in a skillet.
    6. Sauté kale over high heat until lightly browned and wilted, 2-3 mins. 
    7. To make the dressing: combine all ingredients and blend with a mini food processor or hand blender until dressing is smooth and creamy.
    8. Assemble the salad.  Divide kale evenly between the bowls.
    9. Pile the kale on each bowl and top with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, cabbage and avocado.  
    10. Top each with a generous serving of turkey.
    11. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro.
    12. Drizzle with dressing and serve.


You can make the dressing, kale, sweet potatoes and chickpeas up to 3 days ahead.  With these ingredients on hand, this bowl will come together in less than 15 minutes on a busy weeknight for dinner or quick weekend lunch.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 18gSugar: 13gProtein: 28g

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Don’t Forget to Pin Turkey Buddha Bowls for Later!

Turkey Buddha Bowl

Susan Macdonald

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Corona Vivus in Nova Scotia just in starting (?) . Used your Turkey Bhudda bowl as a base recipe and enjoyed a great meal. You never know when others will stumble upon your recipes (work, site, etc.) and be motivated to make a nutritious meal. The turkey was destined for Easter meal with family but that looks unlikely. Stay safe. Thanks.


Saturday 26th of October 2019

Yes!Am always afraid to under-cook it :(

Lindsay G.

Friday 25th of October 2019

I am clueless when it comes to making a bird. Literally I do not even know how to pick a good one at the store!

Tina L.

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Yes, looking for tips for a moist and juicy roasted turkey.


Sunday 20th of October 2019

Summer Savory and Thyme are herbs that go well with all turkey dishes

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