build it better: turkey sandwich

It’s the quintessential lunch, right?

It can definitely be a great, easy lunch option if you are into brown-bagging it.

And if you want it to be, it can be really healthy too. Here are my tips for the healthiest turkey sandwich!

  • Bread: Because I work at a bakery, I’m a total bread snob so I use Sprouted Bread but 100% whole grain is also a good option- each slice should have at least 3 grams of protein and fiber.
  • Turkey: Natural turkey is best – no antibiotics, hormones, weird fillers, etc.
  • Cheese: Adding a slice of cheese can add a serving of dairy and some extra protein to your meal – just make sure it is real cheese!
  • Toppings: I’ve got nothing against mayo, but a topping like avocado adds good fats and lots of vitamins. Mustard is a low calorie way to add in extra flavor as well. (Or a blend of mustard + a little mayo gives you that creamy flavor without all the calories!)
  • Vegetables:  Always add vegetables! Lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers – whatever you can think of or have around – the more the better!

How do you make your sandwich healthy?



greek potato salad {video}

The making of this video was interesting to say the least.

It was one of those evenings where almost everything that could go wrong went wrong (think broken flip cam, no batteries, missing files, etc.) but eventually a video was made – bonus points if you can spot the mistakes! ;) Hehe.



Thanks to Newman’s Own for the opportunity! 

chicken tostada pizzas

My good friend Megan and I made “Mexican Pizzas” for the full year that we lived together on a very regular basis. They were simple, cheap and really satisfying – the perfect college food! Tortilla + refried beans + cheese + hot sauce all microwaved into a hot, cheesy mess.

I still think about those pizzas a lot (along with the fun we had as 20 year olds) but this time, nearly 8 years later, I thought it was time to class it up a bit. The tortillas are now organic and sprouted, the beans are black, salsa verde and fresh herbs are used along with grilled chicken and mozzarella cheese. A little more grown-up maybe, but still a hot, cheesy, satisfying mess.


Chicken Tostada Pizzas
Recipe type: main, entree
Serves: 4
  • 4 whole grain tortillas*, about 10" diameter
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • garnishes: cilantro, sour cream, salsa
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Gather all ingredients.
  3. Bake tortillas for about 3-4 minutes until crisp.
  4. Spread salsa over tortillas and top with desired toppings.
  5. Bake for another 4-5 minutes until cheese has melted.
Recipe inspired by Whole Foods Market *I used French Meadow Sprouted Grain Tortilla


the engagement dinner

So you’ve heard of engagement chicken, right? It’s a miraculous baked chicken that you make if you are in the market for a proposal. They do say a way to the heart is through the stomach…

Well, I’m already engaged, and almost married, but if I needed to, ahem, push a little towards an engagement? I’d make my Midwestern boy this meal. Meat and potatoes.  I oddly enough, really didn’t grow up eating the wisconsin classic of meat and potatoes.

My fiance? Full-fledged except that we rarely eat that way now. He loves potatoes, I never really buy them. He loves meat, I like it sometimes. So when I wanted to make a special meal just for him? It was simple – a meat and potatoes dinner straight from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

Ribeye Steaks with Whiskey Cream Sauce and Rosemary Potatoes.

It was the Taster who insisted on including a vegetable for dinner. I was fine with straight meat, potatoes, butter and cream. :)

Now I kind of want to propose to The Pioneer Woman, the meal was pretty much amazing.