Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Sandwiches

Want some new ideas to reinvent leftover turkey sandwiches? Here's an article with an arsenal of turkey sandwiches I put together for the November issue of Women's Health magazine.

Turkey on Rye with Sweet Potato Hummus

Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini  - This is crazy good!

French Dip Turkey with Mushroom Au Jus

Pulled Turkey Sandwich with Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Here are a couple that cut for space reasons, not because they weren't yummy.

Turkey Salad Pitas

Chockablock with muscle-building protein, Greek yogurt is an upgrade from mayo in this turkey salad. Crunchy pecans are brimming with heart-healthy unsaturated fats while red grapes provide pleasant sweetness and a dose of antioxidant vitamin C.

½ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
½ lime, juiced
½ tsp cumin
Dash of cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup red grapes, sliced in half
¼ cup chopped pecans
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1½ cups cooked turkey (white meat, without skin), cubed
2 whole-wheat pitas

1. In a large bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, lime juice, cumin, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in grape halves, pecans, celery, and turkey.
2. Slice pitas in half and stuff the four halves with turkey mixture. 

Mexican Turkey Cemitas

Originally from the Mexican state of Puebla, the festival of flavors and textures that is a cemita has become du rigueur with street food vendors in New York, L.A. and other cities. Here, turkey is a healthier option than traditional deep fried beef, cilantro replaces hard to find papalo leaves and smoky chipotle laced ricotta makes this sandwich sing.

¼ tsp smoked paprika or chili powder
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lime zest
Salt and pepper, to taste
1½ cups cooked turkey (white meat, without skin), sliced
1/3 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
2 tsp minced chipotle chiles in adobo
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 cemita or other sesame seed rolls, sliced in half
½ ripe avocado, sliced
1 plum tomato, sliced
½ cup cilantro

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine paprika or chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, lime zest, and salt and pepper. Add turkey and stir to coat.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta, chipotle chiles with sauce, and lime juice.
3. Place turkey on bottom half of rolls and top with cheese mixture, avocado and tomato slices, and cilantro. Press down lightly with top halves of rolls.  

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