Being sick over Thanksgiving is no fun but thankfully we have lots of medicine in this house to pretty much cure me temporarily so I can enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Having leftovers for Thanksgiving is also great because then I can make this slow cooker leftover turkey and wild rice stew to help with my sore throat and stuffy nose. :)
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If you get the Instant Pot (which if you have Prime, you should have it by Monday!), you could totally make this stew in there to test out the slow cooker function! This totally gives a different meaning to Thanksgiving leftovers. I love this stew. 100% hearty and flavorful but also SO easy to make, especially since the turkey is already made for you! Definitely a great way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers.
Although, you could honestly make this any time of the year; especially the colder months, with shredded chicken or another meat of your choice.
Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Stew
- 4 cups turkey stock
- 2 teaspoons turkey base
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup wild rice blend
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
- 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
- In the insert of a slow cooker, add turkey stock, turkey base, carrots, onion, spices, wild rice blend, and quinoa.
- Cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours. When finished cooking, stir in turkey and spinach leaves and wilt spinach with residual heat from the stew.
- Serve warm.