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  • Shannon Crocker MSc RD

Turkey Snack Jars 3 Ways

Disclosure: I created these recipes in partnership with Turkey Farmers of Canada; as always, opinions are my own. Since Canadian turkey has always been a staple in my house, even before I teamed up with TFC, this is a perfect partnership for me!

A crisp fall day. Sharing an afternoon with family. Creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes. Roasted root veggies with goat cheese. Spicy sweet potatoes topped with toasted pecans. Cool Riesling. Warm apple pie. Perfectly barbecued turkey with tangy cranberry sauce. Seriously, are you drooling yet? No wonder thanksgiving is my most favourite holiday of the year. It’s the holiday with the best food!

And one of the greatest parts about Thanksgiving – aside from spending time with family of course (my mom reads this blog…okay, only sometimes but this will be the time) – is the leftovers. I’m all about the leftovers!

Are you with me?

Everyone loves a sandwich made with turkey leftovers – although I’m currently in a debate with @dietitianshusband on whether or not you can add stuffing to a sandwich in my house (I’m definitely in the “no” category). But what else can you do with leftover turkey? So. Many. Options.

I actually cook turkey any day, not just holidays. I love the nutritional value, the versatility and the taste. Plus, I work with Turkey Farmers of Canada to promote Canadian Turkey all year round. So, I have a few ideas to help elevate turkey leftovers beyond the simple (but still delicious) and iconic turkey sandwich.

Like turkey snack jars. I created these jars, with leftover turkey plus veggies and fruits, for when you need a snack that’s more than a nibble: they are protein-packed, fibre-filled, and will power you with long-lasting satisfaction. I love that they are portable (good for taking to work!) and the perfect snacking portion.

My favourite is the blueberry, avocado and walnut combo. Try one of these jars or use them for snackspiration and create your own with flavours you love.


Vibrantly Yours,


Turkey Snack Jars 3 Ways

These turkey snack jars, featuring leftover turkey plus veggies and fruits, are ideal for when you need a snack that’s more than just a nibble: they are protein-packed, fibre-filled, and will power you with long-lasting satisfaction. Made in Mason jars, they are portable and the perfect sized snacking portion.


Filled-with-Fruit Turkey Snack Jar

1/2 cup (125 ml) roasted turkey

1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped firm, ripe avocado *

1/2 cup (60 ml) fresh fruit (e.g. chopped red apple * or blueberries)

1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped walnuts

All the Leftovers Turkey Snack Jar

1/2 cup (125 ml) roasted turkey

1/2 cup (125 ml) roasted vegetables (e.g. sweet potato, red peppers or squash)

1 tbsp (15 ml) crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese

1 tbsp (15 ml) cranberry sauce (or dried cranberries)

Sweet n’ Spicy Turkey Snack Jar

1/2 cup (125 ml) roasted turkey

1/4 cup (60 ml) shredded carrot

1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped red pepper

2 tsp (10 ml) diced red onion

1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped peanuts

drizzle of sriracha

Honey-Lime Dressing

1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup (60 ml) canola oil

1 tbsp honey

1 small garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp (2 ml) salt

¼ tsp (2 ml) freshly ground pepper


1. In a 1-cup (250 ml) Mason jar, layer roasted turkey and remaining snack jar ingredients.

2. In separate Mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients. Put the lid on and shake until well combined.

3. Drizzle snack jar with honey lime dressing just before you’re ready to eat. Keep remaining dressing in the fridge for up to one week to use on more snack jars or salads.

* If making jars in advance, sprinkle avocado and apple pieces with fresh lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.

Want more of this deliciousness? Make it a meal! In a large Mason jar or reusable container, start with 1 cup of your favourite cooked grain (e.g. brown rice, quinoa, barley) and then add in the cooked turkey and companion ingredients. Top off with a big handful of leafy greens like baby spinach or arugula.

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