Here’s a bright, fresh lunch that’s ideal if, perhaps, you’ve overindulged this year by going back for a second (or third) plate of Thanksgiving sides. A bit of lemony mayonnaise binds together turkey, apples, celery, and raisins (optional.) You can also serve the mixture over greens instead of bread.
1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups diced roast turkey (a mixture of white and dark meat)
1 large stalk celery, finely diced (about 1/2 cup), plus 1/4 cup chopped celery leaves or parsley
1/2 cup diced peeled green apple, such as Granny Smith
1/4 cup chopped golden raisins (optional and not for diabetics)
3 tablespoons of light extra-virgin olive oil
6 thin slices multi-grain sourdough, toasted
Seedless cucumber, very thinly sliced, and watercress, for serving
1. In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and pepper. In another bowl, mix together turkey, celery and leaves, apple, raisins, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, oil, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise mixture.
2. Spread each bread slice with about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture. Top with turkey salad, dividing evenly. Garnish with cucumber and watercress.
The Thanksgiving Wrap
1 cup of diced turkey meat
1 teaspoon of light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce
1/2 cup of loose baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup of diced green onion
1 slice of low fat Swiss cheese
2 whole grain wraps
Spread 1/2 tsp of mayonnaise and cranberry sauce on each wrap and place each slice of cheese on the respective wrap. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Roll it up and put it in the microwave for about 1 minute
Yield = 2
For other ideas substitute the turkey in your chicken soup, and/or Shepard’s pie!
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