01 of 07
Although reubens aren't typically made with turkey, this healthy update is totally delicious. And once you make your own homemade 1000 island, you'll never buy a bottled version ever again. And a word to the wise, you don't have to be exact with that recipe – if you just eye it, it'll probably be even better!
02 of 07
Antipasto is typically a big beautiful platter that marks the beginning of many Italian meals. These platters are typically filled with awesome cured meats like prosciutto, coppa, and salami. You'll also find vegetables like roasted red peppers, wilted spinach with garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, and pickled mushrooms alongside a variety of colorful cured olives. Common cheeses on these types of platters include, but are not limited to, fresh mozzarella, provolone, and wedges of young... parmesan. There's also delicious spreads like eggplant caponata, pesto, and bruschetta that are served with thin rounds of crostini.
And although antipasto translates something close to "the beginning of the meal" after eating this gigantic sandwich, you will definitely not need anything more after you finish it. Fresh cracked pepper turkey, slices of prosciutto-mozzarella rolls, baby romaine leaves, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, red onion and whole grain dijon mustard are all stacked together in a a perfectly toasted baguette. Once made, this sandwich has about a day long shelf life but is best served right away.
03 of 07
Beet hummus is the star of this healthy sandwich. It's beautiful and vibrant pink shade lacks in comparison to its healthy attributions. Beets are loaded with a variety of nutrients and fibers that can help lower blood pressure in just a couple of hours, fight inflammation and cancer, and can help boost your immune system. When you mix the roasted beets with chick peas, which are filled with healthy fibers, protein, nutrients and vitamins, the health benefits keep multiplying.
Cracked Pepper... Turkey loads you up with even more lean-meat protein while the tomatoes add a nice healthy dose of vitamin C, D and folic acid. The feta cheese is a great source of calcium and the baby kale sprouts are a super food that help boost your brain power with the the green's high level of folate. And although the bread's probably not that good for you, it helps keep everything together and it makes it taste even better!
This sandwich gets kind of messy over time, so if you're trying to make it in advance, I'd recommend using a baguette or another type of bread that is more dense so that the liquids from the sandwich ingredients don't seep into the bread.
04 of 07
Let's be honest, there's nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly made turkey sub from the deli. It's the ultimate go-to sandwich for a long day at work, a child's lunchbox, or a beautiful day at the beach.
But there are some obstacles. We all know that feeling of disappointment that rolls over us when our sandwich starts to fall apart mid-bite. So to avoid that, we definitely need to take the proper precautions. Sandwich building is an art, so I've laid out the... methods and order to insure that the ingredients will stay tucked in place and each bite will be absolutely perfect.
I always recommending using all organic, natural, and/or local ingredients because hey, they just taste so much better and doing so is good for the world.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
You're either one of those people that like Thanksgiving or you're one of those people that like the Thanksgiving leftovers. Myself? I'm definitely the kind that digs the leftovers more than anything else. I'm always just so exhausted by the time the actual dinner is made. But a few hours later, when late night rolls around and I'm starving - I get so excited because i know it's time to have some fun with the leftovers. One of my favorite creations consists of a grilled... holiday citrus roll with cranberry mustard, leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and some nutty, gooey gruyère. Try it, family issues will desolve instantly. Hah.
06 of 07
Turkey, Herbed Cream Cheese + Pepper Grilled Cheese
This turkey-themed grilled cheese sandwich features Wisconsin Cream Cheese mixed with fresh herbs and garlic, sweet and spicy peppadews, and thinly sliced honey turkey breast grilled between two buttery slices of pumpernickel. I'd recommend serving it with a piping hot bowl of chicken noodle soup or alongside a butter lettuce salad with crisp apples, seeds, and poppy-seed and lemon salad dressing. You can even elevate this sandwich by adding freshly carved turkey breast or pulled dark meat.
07 of 07
These sweet and savory little monte cristo sliders feature creamy brie, thinly sliced turkey and ham, tangy raspberry jam and crusty French bread. And instead of deep frying the entire sandwich, like some monte cristos are made, this sandwich is grilled on the stove with salted butter. These little sliders may not be the healthiest of options, but they're super tasty and little so you don't have to feel bad about eating them.