What to do with all that lovely leftover roasted turkey? Healthy Mole Verde Bowls are a flavorful, Mexican-inspired, and easy way to use that lean protein-rich turkey! Easy mole verde combined with your turkey, quick black beans, and roasted root veggies is ready in 30 minutes +/- and may redefine your idea of “leftovers”…
I don’t know about you, but I am usually tired of the roasted turkey by Saturday following Thanksgiving. I can only handle so much warming up leftovers, and I don’t love turkey sandwiches.
Turkey is such lean, healthy protein, and it is so versatile. In an attempt to come up with a unique, healthy turkey leftovers dish, I borrowed the idea of my Quick Green Mole Sauce (Pipian) that made its appearance on the blog in a delicious and super quick salmon dish a few months ago!
The mole verde requires a food processor, some good salsa verde (can be homemade or store bought), tahini, garlic, and cumin. The leftover turkey gets warmed in the puréed sauce, and the fun part is customizing it. I’ll give you a few ideas in this post!
How to Make Healthy Mole Verde (Pipian Sauce) Bowls
You will probably want to start roasted vegetables first. On photo day, I used butternut squash left from another recipe, but sweet potatoes are another great option!
Canned beans are not always my preference, but in this dish, they’re fine (and so quick!). While the vegetables roast, prep the beans, grains, salsa, etc.
Last, you’ll make the mole verde (pipian sauce). That process takes 5 minutes, and you’ll probably need about 5 minutes to heat the turkey through – unless you start with cold or frozen turkey.
NOTE: If your turkey is cold or partially frozen, you may want to give it a head start by getting it going first. Don’t boil the sauce, but a simmer is fine…
Once all components are prepared, you can assemble your bowls. Don’t forget to pour a “cold one” and enjoy!
Prepare veggies for roasting – smalls size gets it done more quickly!
Roast veggies until the edges are caramelized and vegetables are tender.
To “elevate” your canned beans, start with chopped onion or shallot, cumin, garlic, and red chile powder.
When onion is soft, add the beans and a bit of broth or water. Cover and simmer on low until ready to serve.
Purée the salsa verde and tahini.
Sauté the cumin and garlic in olive or coconut oil.
Add the sauce to the skillet, and fry 2-3 minutes.
Add cubed turkey to the mole verde sauce. Stir to combine. Cover and allow at least be minutes to warm everything through. If starting with cold or partially frozen turkey, allow additional time.
The leftover turkey in mole verde sauce is now ready. Cover and keep hot until ready to compose and serve your bowls.
Tips and FAQ
Can I use dried beans? ABSOLUTELY! That’s always my preference, and I often have cooked from dried beans in my freezer. The important thing is to start with COOKED BEANS.
I didn’t get any of the leftover turkey this year. What else can I use? Rotisserie chicken is another great time-saving option! If you’re one to grill chicken breasts for meal prep, they’re great too. Use your favorite COOKED PROTEIN.
Do I have to use black beans? Nope! They’re pretty typical in Latin American cuisine, but so are pintos, kidneys, and garbanzos. Use your favorite cooked beans.
I have “issues” with beans. What can I substitute? Try cooked farro, quinoa, brown rice, or barley.
I HATE breaking down butternut squash. What else can I use? Me too! I love butternut squash, but when time is at a premium, I use the packaged diced butternut squash. Sweet potato is an easier option – just peel and dice. Beets roast well, and I know they’d be a great option. Try cubed and roasted zucchini or yellow squash.
Is this gluten free? YES! 100%. It’s also fairly low carb and very healthy!
Healthy Leftover Turkey Mole Verde Bowls Components
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- 2 to 3 cups vegetables for roasting (1/2 to 3/4 inch dice)
- 4 teaspoons coconut or olive oil (divided)
- 2 cups salsa verde (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds cubed or shredded turkey (or other)
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon onion or shallot minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ancho, chipotle or New Mexico red chile powder
- 2 cups cooked beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 cup broth or water
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- avocado, jalapeno, lime, cotija, cilantro (garnishes)
- Preheat oven to 400° (375 convection).
- Toss cubed veggies with oil, season with salt and pepper, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast until edges are caramelized and veggies are tender.
- Meanwhile, prepare the beans. Add a drizzle of oil to a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion or shallot, garlic, and cumin. Stir for about 2 minutes before adding drained and rinsed beans. Add about 1/2 cup broth or water, then cover. Simmer until time to serve (on low).
- Add salsa verde and tahini to a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth. Heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat, add garlic and cumin. Stir until fragrant (aout 1 minute). Pour the salsa verde mixture into the pan, and fry about 5 minutes, then add leftover turkey (or other). Cover, and simmer at least 5 minutes.
- Prepare garnishes.
- Taste everything for seasoning - especially mole verde sauce and beans.
- Assemble bowls and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466 Total Fat: 18g Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 44g