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Lightning Fast and Super Nutritious/Delicious Turkey Sandwich

Jim Leff Jul 1, 2010 02:48 PM

Note: this was edited to include a key ingredient I'd forgotten!!

The laziest and most shamelessly Trader Joe's obsessed recipe ever is also one of the most quick, satisfying and nutritionally-balanced, and nutritious recipes ever (well, ok...not "ever"!).

Round up the following from TJ's (all of which should be on hand anyway!):

"Simply" turkey, roasted and sliced (surprisingly good and non-coldcut-ish...not dry, either....find it refrigerated near the meats and sausages)

Hummus guacamole (garlicky, found in the fridge section near the lousy regular hummus)

Whole wheat english muffins (sensational, and sensationally nutritious)

Pre-washed baby spinach.


Put a bit of water and a bit of EVOO in a non-stick skillet, heat to medium, throw in some turkey slices and a couple handfuls of baby spinach leaves and cover.

Split and toast a whole wheat english muffin.

Generously drizzle each half of the toasted muffin with your best EVOO and slather with the hummus guacamole, and stack alternating layers of turkey and spinach.

That's it.

The result is awesomely satisfying, and near-perfectly balanced. Serve to someone and dare them to guess your prep time!

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  1. mariacarmen RE: Jim Leff Jul 1, 2010 05:06 PM

    that made my stomach growl. it does sound like a great balance of flavors. of course, i would like to throw brie into the mix...

    1. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff Jul 1, 2010 07:02 PM

      Oh, gawd, I forgot the secret ingredient: TJ's hummus guacamole (an unlikely sounding combo which is surprisingly ok as a spread, but even better as a low profile agent of je ne sais quoi.

      I edited the recipe to include it.

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      1. re: Jim Leff
        Alexandra Eisler RE: Jim Leff Jul 2, 2010 07:13 AM

        Yum! You know I love a good slathering!

      2. mariacarmen RE: Jim Leff Jul 2, 2010 02:00 PM

        i went out and bought all the ingredients, and made this for lunch today. quite yummy indeed!
        unfortunately, i spoiled the healthy effect by eating a TJ inside/out carrot cake cookie. at 345 calories APIECE.

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        1. re: mariacarmen
          Jim Leff RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2010 10:30 AM

          By the chowhounding powers invested in me, I hereby absolve you of this transgression.

          1. re: Jim Leff
            mariacarmen RE: Jim Leff Jul 3, 2010 11:22 AM

            thank you! i just felt the calories fall off me!

            1. re: mariacarmen
              Jim Leff RE: mariacarmen Jul 4, 2010 08:50 AM

              Don't buy the frozen apple blossoms. You've been warned. They will ruin your life.

              1. re: Jim Leff
                mariacarmen RE: Jim Leff Jul 4, 2010 04:36 PM

                ack. way to make me go right out and buy them.

                1. re: mariacarmen
                  Jim Leff RE: mariacarmen Jul 4, 2010 04:55 PM

                  No. Don't.

        2. Passadumkeg RE: Jim Leff Jul 4, 2010 05:10 PM

          It needs fresh roasted green chiles!

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          1. re: Passadumkeg
            Jim Leff RE: Passadumkeg Jul 4, 2010 05:48 PM

            Try it before you say that! :)

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              Passadumkeg RE: Jim Leff Jul 4, 2010 05:52 PM

              No TJ's in the icy far north;
              but everything's better
              w/ green chile
              on it.

          2. q
            Querencia RE: Jim Leff Jul 4, 2010 06:42 PM

            Online I discovered the Hot Brown and it has now become a standard for a quick meal. It is named for the Brown Hotel in Louisville KY. For each person, put a slice of buttered toast in a baking dish and cover it with sliced turkey (I use deli turkey for convenience). Over this pour cheese sauce (I make white sauce with 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup flour, and 1 quart milk then add an 8-oz package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and freeze this in 8-oz margarine tubs---good for this and also with broccoli or cauliflower). Back to the Hot Brown: on top of the cheese sauce put some sliced tomatoes and then some bacon, and bake the whole thing until the bacon is done. If you keep the cheese sauce in the freezer and use deli turkey the whole thing goes together in a minute.

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              mariacarmen RE: Querencia Jul 5, 2010 02:11 PM

              ok, while neither lightning fast nor super nutriciuos, it does sound good! tho on my 4th of July rib-hangover, it sounds a bit much right now.

              1. re: Querencia
                amyzan RE: Querencia Jul 5, 2010 04:52 PM

                I grew up in Lexington where you can get hot browns in various spots around town. Lunch, dinner, late night, a hot brown is a sure to satisfy. We always have them with leftover holiday turkey, even though I no longer live in KY. Thanks for sharing!

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