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Turkey Salad Wrap

I had to make a quick lunch the other day and luckily I had a small turkey breast in the fridge which I decided to dice up and make into a salad. This time of year it’s easy to find these hunks of ham and turkey. I suggest grabbing them and freezing them for use later on in the year.

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Cube the meat and add in some mayo. I know that in some places salad doesn’t mayo. Those places aren’t the south. That being said you don’t need a ton of mayo, just enough to light coat the meat.

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Next it’s time to add any mix-ins you want. I used a trip of bell peppers, some chopped chives and parsley, a little stone ground mustard (Lloyd’s favorite), and pepper. I don’t typically add extra salt as deli meat is usually salted well enough.

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Give it a good mix until everything is well coated. See, you don’t need a ton of mayo.

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Next it’s time to assemble. A little lettuce, a little shredded cheese and you are ready to go!

Roll it up and serve! Any extra salad can be kept in the fridge for about 3-4 days. You could also make these ahead of time and eat them for a few days. If you spread the salad greens evenly across the wrap it will stop them from going soggy from the mayo.

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Ingredients:

  1. 1 small package of spiral cut ham or deli trukey
  2. 3 small bell peppers (red, yellow and orange) or one large one
  3. 1 Tbsp chives
  4. 1 Tbsp parsley
  5. 1 Tbsp stone ground mustard
  6. Pepper to taste
  7. Wraps
  8. Salad greens
  9. Shredded cheese

Recipe:

  1. Cube your meat
  2. Add in your mayo, bell peppers, chives, parsley, mustard, pepper
  3. Stir well to coat everything evenly
  4. Place salad greens, cheese and turkey salad on wrap and roll up
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Trader Joe’s Chicken Shawarma Wrap

fullsizeoutput_5995.jpegSometimes you have the time to make a complicated meal, like my Herbs de Provence Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Ratatouille but sometimes you want something quick and easy. When I want to get dinner ready quickly Trader Joe’s is usually my go to spot. It’s the closest grocery store to my house and I know where everything is. I can pick up a package of meat, some veggies and a carb and have dinner ready to go within thirty minutes of getting home. This week I found a new meat! Shawarma Chicken Thighs!

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I sometimes crave Indian food but don’t have the time or energy to fix it. So when I saw this packet I was immediately excited. I’ve used these pre-marinaded packets from Trader Joe’s before and they are endlessly versatile. But I knew exactly what I wanted to make with these so I did a quick lap through the store and picked up some sauces and a packet of garlic naan and sped home.

 

The Zhoug sauce is very similar to an Indian green chutney with garlic, mint, chillies and coriander. And the Tzatziki is like Indian raita, minus the cumin and add in some dill. So not identical flavors but comparable in a pinch. And of course I had to have garlic naan. I know they sell regular naan at Trader Joe’s but I just don’t understand why anyone would want the plain stuff when there is garlic to be had.

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I cooked the chicken in a non-stick pan, using low sodium chicken stock to deglaze, took it out of the pan and let it rest before cutting it into strips.

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While the chicken was cooking I threw my naan in the oven to defrost 350 fahrenheit on a baking tray for about 5-6 minutes. And chopped up some leafy greens and cherry tomatoes I had in the fridge.

 

Now all that was left to do was assemble and enjoy! I would point out that virtually and combination of chicken, sauce, vegetable carb could be used to make this more to your taste. The Joe makes a delicious pesto chicken, for instance, which could be paired with tomatoes, greens, mozzarella on focaccia bread and drizzled with a good balsamic reduction.

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I should also mention that I loved this chicken so much I went back for a second packet later in the week and made salads with them instead of wraps because carbs are evil. I used the same base of greens and cherry tomatoes and the two sauces I mentioned above.

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I also added in some petite diced yellow bell peppers and half a shallot for color, flavor and texture.

 

See it is endlessly customizable! I’d love to hear how you you made this idea your own with this chicken or any other! New ideas are always welcome!

Ingredients (makes 4):

  1. 1 packet of Shawarma chicken thighs
  2. 1 container Zhoug sauce
  3. 1 container Tzatziki sauce
  4. 1 packet garlic Naan
  5. Cherry tomatoes
  6. Fresh greens
  7. Unsalted chicken stock

Recipe:

  1. Heat a non-stick or cast-iron pan to medium hat, gently drizzle with olive oil and place meat in pan. Leave it alone until you can see that meat has started to shrink. Deglaze with a little chicken stock. Flip and continue to cook. Keep covered for a portion of the time to lock in moisture. Depending on your pan, thickness of the meat and heat of your stove total pan time could take from 20-35 minutes.
  2. Chop your cherry tomatoes and salad
  3. Take your chicken out of the pan and allow it to rest
  4. Heat your naan in the oven according to package instructions
  5. Chop your chicken into thin strips
  6. Assemble by putting salad on your naan, placing the chicken on the salad bed and drizzling on dollops of your Zhoug sauce and Tzatziki. Sprinkle on some tomatoes. You could also add some onions or coriander to give it a little extra Indian oomph.
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Wraps for the Week

I like a fast and easy lunch that I can just grab out of the fridge and throw in my bag on my way out the door. Bonus points if it’s teetering on the healthy side. I have a little inventory of go to recipes and I pick which one I want to use based on what’s already in my fridge come Sunday afternoon. This week I went for wraps because I had a cucumber  that I needed to use. Makes sense, yes?

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I know wraps seem a little boring but it gave me a chance to brush up on my knife work.  So I julienned the cucumbers like my life depended on it. My little hack is too cut a small slice along one length of the cucumber. This lets you balance it when you cut. And then you can just cut across the slices to get your matchstick shape.

 

Next I pulled a jar of pickled peppers out of the fridge. These are homemade sweet pickled peppers that peter piper did not pick. But my friend, Claire, and I made them for her husband’s birthday a while back. The next time I have a pickling party I’ll be sure to take pictures and put it up on here! Anyway, I julienned these as well.

 

My last knife related prepping step was to chiffonade some fresh basil I keep on the window sill above my sink. I know it sounds a little pretentious to say out loud that you are going to chiffonade your leaves. But honestly it is the best way to thin slice a leafy thing. And it is extremely easy. Lay your basil leaves one on top of the other and roll them up tightly. You will be amazed at how easy it is to slice into thin strips when you do it this way.

 

Once the basil (or any herb is thinly sliced) I sprinkle some salt and smoosh everything together. This bruises the leaves and seasons your herbs so the flavor really pops. Now comes time for assembly. I suggest the assembly line method so that you can get all your wraps made quickly and ready for the fridge. I start my wraps with a spreadable cheese. I had Aloutte’s garlic herb cheese already in my fridge so that’s what I used.

 

Next layer your sliced meat and cheese onto your wrap. For these wraps I used honey smoked turkey and Swiss cheese because they are Lloyd’s favorite and therefore what was available. And then add in all your beautifully sliced veggies. I also have quite a wide chopping board so I was able to do two at a time.

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Roll em up, cut in half and package them any way you want. I made 6 and they should last through Wednesday. The cucumbers will stay nice and crunchy and the wraps don’t get soggy like bread would. The spreadable cheese really acts as a barrier, preventing the the veggies and deli slices from making your wrap slimy.

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The beauty of this recipe is how endlessly versatile it is. Use whatever deli meat and cheese you want, any type of wrap, whatever your favorite veggies are (or just whatever you have at hand). The one thing I wish I had done was sprinkle on some hot sauce prior to wrapping. Because everything is better with Cholula!

Let me know in the comments what you would make your wrap with!