Monday , 20 November 2017

Italian Turkey Broccoli Focaccia Sandwich

I used to cook 4 dinners a week and we would use the leftovers, since I typically make 4 servings per dinner, for lunch the next day.

Both my husband and I work downtown (actually within a two minute walk of each other) so it’s definitely oh so tempting to meet up and just grab one of the many different lunch options that abound.  Heck with the spread of food trucks (another trend I’m loving) it’s even easier to grab something.  There’s also this awesome Vietnamese homestyle place we recently tried that I absolutely fell in love with, run by 3 generations of the same family, always seems to be calling my name.

But I digress.  Cooking at home is oftentimes healthier and cheaper than anything you’re going to get eating out.  Plus my husband and I are saving to buy our first house (yay) so our budget has gotten even smaller.

So I bumped up the number of dinners I cook to 5 a week.  In order to prevent my husband from revolting, I’ve been focusing on super easy throw it together type of dishes.  In fact we’ve been having a lot of sandwiches and the old standby of breakfast for dinner since these are the kinds of meals that are cheap and quick.

Take this sandwich.  I received a head of broccoli in my CSA and after throwing in some ingredients I tend to keep in my fridge, all I needed to buy was 8 oz of deli turkey and a loaf of foccaccia.

15 minutes and a minimum of effort later the sandwiches were ready and with a side of fruit, made a great quick dinner.  Plus as with all sandwiches, this is also excellent warmed or cold (directions for both are below).

Italian Turkey Broccoli Focaccia Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 432

Fat per serving: 12.5

Italian Turkey Broccoli Focaccia Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup of broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup spreadable or tub-style 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp each sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 oz thinly sliced then chopped roasted turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped bottled roasted red peppers
  • 1 (14 oz) round focaccia loaf

Preparation

  1. Steam broccoli until tender and while broccoli is steaming, cut focaccia loaf in half, horizontally.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. In a small bowl or shakeable container, whisk or shake together olive oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning and sugar through black pepper and whisk or shake until well combined.
  4. Combine dressing with cream cheese, roasted red peppers, turkey and broccoli in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Toast focaccia under the broiler for 1 minute until toasted. If desired, reduce oven heat to 350, keeping door propped then spread turkey mix on focaccia, top with other half of loaf and bake until warmed through 3 – 5 minutes. If not, just spread turkey mix on toasted focaccia, top with other half of loaf, cut into 4 pieces and serve (without heating).
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14 comments

  1. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook

    That is one excellent sandwich! Looks delicious.

  2. Oh I love this sandwich! I would definitely eat my broccoli if it were served this way. 🙂 This is a great supper! I’m like you, I cook @ least 4 nights a week and 2 to 3 nights are leftovers. On the weekends I try to make one to two meals that has enough leftovers for another dinner. It’s worked quit well and, as you said, it’s cheaper and healthier. I’m glad I don’t work near foodtrucks. That would be quite dangerous for me. 🙂

    • I’ve gotta be more like you MJ 🙂 It was a definite bit of adjustment but we spent so much money eating out that we just couldn’t justify it anymore (and that was with us splitting an entree!)

  3. Good for you for sticking with your budget and adding another meal to the week. You’ll be in that new how in no time flat. This sandwich looks terrific. Perfect for lunch or dinner!
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  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Very impressive to add one more night to cook! I used to go eat out all the time when we didn’t have kids. 🙂 It was fun exploring restaurants etc, but it was costly after all home cooked meals were much nicer. Your sandwich looks delicious. Quick and easy homemade meal!

  5. Brilliant. I always try to cook lunch and dinner everyday if I can swing it because you’re right…if I don’t, I’m dropping $10 on some crappy takeaway lunch that is slowing contributing to an early death from over processed and fatty foods! This sammich is getting filed away for usage soon 🙂 I’ma splurge and toss some bacon in there too!
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    • See I’m bad about leftovers so it’s been an adjustment for me but I’ve gotten way better. I finally had to shake myself and realize the same thing you did – otherwise I’m spending $10 on some lunch that’s actually not that great – so why even bother. Lol I like your thought process with the bacon!

  6. Nummers! I love the broccoli and turkey combo! Have a great week!
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  7. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    I love the idea of simple dinners and this one is so healthy too! I have never incorporated broccoli directly into a sandwich but what a great idea… must try.

  8. Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    What a great goal ahead of you and so resourceful of you to step up and save to get it done! You go girl! This sandwich would put any store bought one to shame.

    You have all this talent in the kitchen and it shines through 🙂

    chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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