Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I pack a lunch every day for work, so I am always looking to switch things up from the basic sandwich or salad (two of the easiest things to pack). A recent favorite that has graced my lunch pail and attracted glances from fellow coworkers has been this recipe which I adapted from a Taste of Home magazine.
Since I like to make things a little healthier and I am always looking for excuses to add some of my favorite ingredients (avocado), my adaptation is . . . well better :)
1-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast (I like to have hubby grill mine)
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped unsalted cashews
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt (I like to use Greek yogurt)
1 squirt of reduced-fat mayonnaise (so squirt is not a technical term, but I never measure the exact amount used)
1/2 an avocado (this can make the mixture have a brownish color the next day, so if the discoloration that occurs from the avocado turns you off and you plan to keep this in the fridge for more than a day, use less or eliminate altogether)
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
I start out by having hubby grill half a package of Jennie-O turkey breasts. You could also use any boneless chicken - and the way you cook it is up to you.
Next, I mash up my avocado half and mix in the yogurt and mayonnaise squirt. Add the celery salt and pepper to this mixture. Set aside.
Then I chop up the remaining ingredients (turkey, celery, apricots, onions). Leave the cashews for now.
In a larger bowl combine chopped ingredients (except for the cashews) and the avocado mixture. If serving immediately, add the cashews. Since the cashews can get soggy easily, I add them in right before I eat my lunch.
Serve between two slices of delicious bread. (I prefer Ezekiel since it is free of wheat gluten, but it is a personal preference).
For variety, you can substitute dried cranberries or cherries for the apricots (I've tried it and love it). To be even healthier, add some green stuff - spinach works best, but other green-leaf lettuces also work.
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