Turkey A La King: A Planned-Over $10 Meal

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Turkey a la King is easy to prepare and use in a thrifty $8.60 meal for 6 people.

Turkey a la King was a family favorite many years ago. Now, after our FMP fundraiser and Thanksgiving, we have lots of pulled turkey and chicken in the freezer. What to do?

  • Thaw a 2 Cup package of turkey in the fridge,
  • make a tasty white sauce,
  • stir in the turkey and a few vegetables,

and now you have a main entrée that can be served over bread, biscuits, potatoes,  rice  or noodles. Read more about including this in a budget-friendly meal. 

Since frozen poultry meat needs to be used within a couple of months to prevent freezer burn, we plan on using it twice a week for a while. (I’ll keep you posted!) I made “Turkey  a la King” this week and by adding a plate of green salad, juiced water, some fruit and veggies it became a balanced $10 meal. Here is how I assembled it:

Turkey a la King:  $2.50

Place the bag of cooked frozen turkey (or pulled chicken) in the refrigerator and thaw over night.

  • To heat the turkey, place meat in a steamer basket inside a pot of boiling water. Heat to 165 degrees F and set aside.
  • Melt a stick of butter in a pot over medium heat.
  • Gradually stir in 1/2 C flour until it becomes a well-mixed paste.
  • Slowly add 1 1/2 C milk and continue stirring until the sauce is smooth and thick.
  • Add 3 tsp chicken Better than Bullion and stir the sauce.
  • Fold the turkey into the sauce and it is ready to serve.

Steamed Cauliflower: $1,00

  • Place frozen cauliflower in the basket and steam it ’til crisp-tender. Toss with 2 Tbs Herb Bouquet or Italian salad dressing.

Biscuits: $1.19

  • Mix a batch of biscuit dough using our Master Biscuit Mix or buy a tube of biscuit dough. Follow the directions to make 12 small biscuits. Place on a plate  and smother with turkey a la King.

Salad: $2.40

  • Combine 3/4 C virgin olive oil with 1/4 C balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 T chopped garlic and  a pinch of salt.
  • Shake and chill to blend flavors. Keep refrigerated until t]ready to use.
  • Toss a green salad mix with 1/4 C salad dressing and serve with a slice of specialty bread.

Beverage: $0

  • Place 2 or 3 washed raspberries, strawberries, or citrus slices in a quart jar filled with filtered water. Allow to set overnight and serve with a cube of ice.

Fruit: $1.60

  • Wash a cantaloupe and slice into wedges. Place on each plate and garnish with a dollop of yogurt.