Video Post: What to Do With That Damn Turkey Carcass This Year

The goal of this week’s clean and colorful conversation is to keep as many turkey carcasses out of the trash can this year as possible! Last year I learned how incredibly easy it is to make my own turkey stock at home instead of buying it in a can. It was my first time to make it and it was amazing and it can so easily be transformed into the yummiest most potent health boosting soups in the world!


I’ve never liked cooking turkey or seeing the bones, but last year I hosted Thanksgiving from start to finish and was left with a turkey carcass at the end of the day. I wanted to make use of it so I decided to boil it down and make soup. It was such a positive experience I want to pass on the simplicity of this process to you today.

The Clean & Colorful Solution

There’s no one right diet for everyone in the whole world because some people like to eat meat while others don’t, and some people like to eat gluten while other don’t. But there are what I like to call the Universal Diet Truths that are true for everybody.

My goal in life is to help you live a Clean & Colorful Lifestyle to help you feel better, look better, naturally have more energy, reduce disease and probably lose some weight. And to make that a reality, I’m coming at you every Monday from my Clean & Colorful kitchen (well, most of the time from the kitchen — lol) with some real life tips, tricks, and strategies to help you master the 4 Universal Diet Truths:

  1. Eat more whole food.
  2. Eat all 5 colors.
  3. Drink a juice/smoothie.
  4. Exercise at least 21+.

Last week we talked about the fourth universal diet truth, which is exercising everyday and we highlighted the benefits of exercise when emotions run high! This week we are back to the first universal diet truth on eating more whole food and less processed food.

Every Monday I’ll touch on one of those topics that will help you feel better and look better. You can register at cleanandcolorful.com and I’ll send you a free jumpstart guide that teaches you how to get started today!

This Year’s Friendsgiving Party

Last Thursday we had our Friendsgiving party hosted by Dan and it was awesome. At the end of the night I saw a turkey carcass at a corner in the kitchen and made my friend Dan wrap it up for me and I marched home (six blocks – lol) with the  turkey carcass so that I could make turkey stock out of it and turn it into the most delicious turkey soup! I also cleaned out his fresh produce drawer to have all the ingredients I needed to make turkey soup.

Homemade Turkey Stock vs. Turkey Stock in a Can

I’ve bought turkey stock in a can before and it’s always super liquid and has a little bit of fat in it. However, when you boil it yourself (I boiled mine for 8 hours – I put it in at 8 AM and took it off at 5 PM), it’s like solid and not liquid anymore.

You can still see the fat at the top and remove it if you want, but the stock is super solid because there’s a lot of protein (collagen & gelatin) that comes out of the bones and sneaks into the liquid. It smells and tastes so good.

I use it as the base of my turkey soup and the meat off the turkey bones will be the meat for the soup.You can store your stock and freeze it for later use or use it to make soup like I did.

How I Made My Turkey Stock

I put the large bird in a pot and let it boil as I went for a run.  After some hours the bones began to breakdown and get softer! When I got home it was a little softer so I shoved it in there and kept adding water. I boiled it for about 8 hours before straining and separating the meat from the bones.


Even if you’re not in the mood for turkey soup because you’ve had enough turkey this Thanksgiving, at least boil the carcass and separate the meat from the stock/broth and save the stock. You can freeze it and it’s like magic in a bottle.

Ingredients for the Turkey Soup

  • 1 Onion
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 6 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Leek
  • 1 bunch of Carrots
  • 1 Fennel Bulb
  • 1 Can of White beans – for some extra fiber


  1. Put the turkey carcass in a pot and boil it for 8 hours.
  2. Strain out the stock from the meat and bones.
  3. Separate the meat from the bones and discard the bones.
  4. Chop the onion and garlic and saute in olive oil until translucent.
  5. Add the other ingredients and cook until tender.
  6. Add the stock and more water.
  7. Let it boil then serve.

This is going to be the most amazing and healing soup you’ve ever had.

Why I Love This Turkey Soup

  1. It’s so simple to make.
  2. It’s an amazing source of high quality nutrition.
  3. It’s delicious.
  4. It’s essentially free because you already had the turkey.
  5. It can feed you for up to six days!
  6. If you, or anyone you care about is not feeling well you can quickly get them the broth and they’ll feel better in a matter of hours/a day.

So if you don’t always boil your turkey carcass after every Thanksgiving, please make sure you do it this year. It’s just an amazing source of high quality nutrition that so often ends up in the trash.

If you want more tips like this…

Then keep an eye on my Teresa Marie Wellness Facebook page because I’ll be coming at you every Monday! I’ll be back next Monday talking about the first universal diet truth on eating more whole food. And don’t forget to signup for my free Clean & Colorful Jumpstart guide and get all the basic info you need to get started living this Clean & Colorful life today.

Free Training: Don’t get fat this Thanksgiving

My free Thanksgiving Training was today! You can watch the training here and view and/or print the training guide here. This is a 20 minute training that shows you how to have a Clean and Colorful Thanksgiving and how to get the best of both worlds; be healthy, be happy and of course not get fat. I cover my top 9  cooking tips and my 10-point Thanksgiving Day Challenge that I would suggest everybody tries to see how many points you can get.


What is your plan to have the healthiest and happiest Thanksgiving yet?

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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