Turkey A La King My Way!

Well the holiday season is upon us, and the cravings are in full swing!  It is not easy to read blogs these days without having a rumble in my tummy.  Between all the cookies, cakes, and candies…..OH and the alcohol-laced sweet treats….I am going to need to do double time on my yoga practices.  My mother has started making her many different cookies she loves to make every year.  One year she seriously made 42 different kinds of sweets treats…42!!!  Crazy right?  BUT she loves it, and she shares the goodies as a fun Christmas present for friends and family.  I love homemade presents!!!  This year I plan to make caramels, well I hope I can…. homemade caramel and I have never really gotten along.

Do you remember the butterscotch craisin quinoa cookies I made a few years ago, and then a chocolate craisin version about a year later?  Well I received a wonderful email asking if Alison Sweeney could share my butterscotch craisin quinoa cookie recipe on her site.  Here is the link shared at AliSweeney.com.  I am truly honored, and pretty excited!  I have to admit, I grew up enjoying Days of Our Lives, and Sammy- AKA Alison Sweeney!  OH so here is another fact about me – My name Terra is from a Soap Opera.  Yup, Terra was a character on All My Children in the 70’s.  So yeah, I was born to love Soap Operas!

Alright, time for food!  Growing up, when it was cold out, I loved when my mom would make us Chicken A La King.  It is a warm cozy dish for sure!  Now since I had tons of turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving, I really wanted to make one of my childhood favorites!  There was a hiccup in the plan though….I couldn’t make it with milk.  So this newly almost lactose-free girl made a childhood favorite with my new love, almond milk.  My father-in-law said he would have never noticed it was almond milk, it worked perfectly with the dish….YAY!!!!

Yields 6-8

Turkey A La King

A warm creamy soup surrounding hearty vegetables and protein of choice! The dish is perfect enjoyed over bread, noodles, or all alone.

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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1 small onion, diced
8 oz of baby bella mushrooms
1 cup butternut squash, cubed
2 stalks celery, diced
8 Tbsp salted butter
8 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
2 cups almond milk
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups frozen peas
3 cups cooked turkey, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste


In large pan or stock pot, on medium heat, add butter, and saute onions, mushrooms, butternut squash, and celery for about 3-5 minutes, or until vegetables start to soften.

Sprinkle flour over vegetables, and stir for about 1-2 minutes until thickened and creating a roux.

Then add chicken broth and almond milk, and stir until ingredients are well incorporated. Let sit to thicken, stirring every so often to keep ingredients well incorporated.

Once sauce is thickened, add turkey, peas, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Let turkey a la king continue to thicken for about 10 minutes, and let flavors work together.

Enjoy over some fresh baked bread or all alone!

Recipe Type: Dinner or Lunch

This recipe even with almond milk had me going back for seconds….AND trust me who cares about being full with this delicious dish?  Since the dish is made with almond milk, you can exclude the turkey, and make this a wonderful vegetarian treat!

What is your favorite cookie to make during the holiday season?

Do you cook/bake with almond milk?


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  • justonecookbook
    What a nice dish to use leftover turkey! This year I have no turkey to use but we can still make this with chicken like your mom's recipe. I had never use almond milk for this kind of dish, and I think it's fun to give it a try. Love how comforting it is...especially in this crazy pouring weather. Happy Friday, Terra! :)
  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    This turkey a la king with that crusty piece of bread perched on it, is just killing me with hunger! I'm reading this before dinner and It is unbearably too delish! But thanks for sharing a great idea for turkey leftovers. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Terra! Thankful for your friendship ! Hugs:-)
  • Love your turkey a la king with almond milk! I'm trying to envision making 42 different treats in one holiday season... that would be a lot, even for me!
  • Hotly Spiced
    I love how you made this with almond milk. And the dish looks so yummy and it must be really good for you xx
  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    Yum! I love a la king...chicken or turkey. Always one of my favorites.
  • Oh this sounds like pure comfort food to me! I've never used almond milk before but it sounds delicious. My favortie cookie to make for the holidays is the sugar cookie :)
  • foodwanderings
    I don't know why but this reminds me of chicken/turkey pot pie deconstructed. Can you see that. Very attractive! :) Happy Holidays dear terra!
  • kitchenriffs
    Turkey a la King is one of those great classics! Your version looks great. I've never used almond milk but have heard great things about it - definitely something to check out! And 42 kinds of cookies? My mother used to bake a lot (a dozen varieties minimum, usually double that) but 42 is amazing!
  • [email protected]
    That is so freakin' cool!! CONGRATS! This would be one amazing dinner. A la King, Queen, Princess... bring it on!
  • Thanx for your visit to my blog and your comment, too! I didn't know this recipe and I'm curious to try it! Thanx for sharing it! Greetings from Italy! Simona! :-)
  • I'm so glad you were able to make a yummy lactose free version of this comforting dish & so fun hearing about your soap opera stories! I was a big fan of As the World Turns in my late teens and twenties, and loved my moms tuna noodle casserole as a kid :-)
  • What a fantastic dish of queen of the turkey a la king :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • Jamie
    I love dishes like this whether à la king, pot pie, with biscuits.... and you remind me that it is once again the season for this delicious homey meal. And I am intrigued by the flavor the almond milk must add. Wonderfulè
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    That's awesome that Alison Sweeney shared your cookies. You're famous, Terra! This dish looks comforting and delicious.
  • Woah! Congrats Terra! This looks like the perfect meal for any given day! :)
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    That's so funny that you were named after a character in a Soap Opera! Kind of like all the three year old 'Bellas' running around this days. :) In my home, the favorite soap opera of the 70's was As The World Turns. On to the food - this is a GREAT recipe for turkey leftovers! I still have some in the freezer, so I'm keeping this for later. I love that you used Vanilla milk. I do use Vanilla milk quite often. It's the only milk I use for lattes and smoothies, but I also use it in ice cream and sometimes in place of cream for pureed soups. I think it makes the perfect substitute! So glad you enjoyed your favorite dish without having to suffer from the milk side effects.