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Posted: August 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Mexican Turkey Torta

 

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In the rush to get everyone off to school, it’s easy to fall into a food rut, serving the same things for breakfast, lunch and snacks. But with some inspiration and a little planning, going back to school can taste a whole lot better than it used to.
To make things even more fun, have the kids help with these recipes and ideas. Once they get the hang of it, they can experiment with new ingredients and do it themselves, taking one more thing off your to-do list.
n    Breakfast: Start the day off with pizza — Breakfast Pizza, that is. This recipe layers eggs, cheese, turkey bacon, hash browns, sour cream and guacamole on your favorite pita or flatbread. Kids can make it as hot or as mild as they like. It’s a great way to sneak in avocados’ 20 vitamins and minerals, and it will give them energy to get going on their busy day.
n    Lunch: Skip the same old sandwiches and liven up the lunch­box with these tasty creations. Try a Tortilla Wrap made with chicken, Wholly Salsa, Wholly Guacamole and a hint of lime juice. Experiment with different kinds of tortillas, from whole wheat or sundried tomato, to spinach or jalapeño. For a full-of-flavor favorite, make a Mexican Turkey Torta. Thin turkey slices get topped with a zesty black bean and corn relish, crisp lettuce and your favorite guacamole. To help keep all the delicious flavors inside the roll, hollow it out a bit so the other ingredients don’t fall out.
n    After School Snack: Whether they need something to hold them over until dinner or a quick bite on the way to practice, these Wrap It Ups will do the trick. Turkey, garlic and herb spread, Havarti cheese, guac, lettuce and tomato get wrapped up in a tortilla or flatbread, then sliced into bite-sized swirls of deliciousness. Make them ahead of time, then just slice when it’s time to enjoy.

Get more back to school inspiration — including quick-fix dinner recipes for busy school nights — at www.eatwholly.com.

 

Mexican Turkey Torta
Yield: 4
Black Bean and Corn Relish
    1/2    cup cooked black beans, no salt added
    1/4    cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
    1    tablespoon chopped cilantro
    1    tablespoon chopped red onion
    4    teaspoons cider vinegar
    2    teaspoons honey
    1/8    teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
    1/8    teaspoon ground cumin
    1/3    cup reduced fat Mexican style
            shredded cheese
Sandwiches
    4    2.6-ounce bolillo rolls or baguettes
    4    tablespoons Wholly Guacamole
    12    1-ounce slices ultra-thin, lower sodium,
            oven roasted turkey slices
    1    cup lettuce, shredded
In medium bowl, combine beans, corn, cilantro, onion, vinegar, honey, hot pepper sauce, and cumin; mix to combine. Gently mix in cheese. Set aside.
Cut rolls in half horizontally, remove soft center, leaving a 1/4-inch thick shell.
Spread 1 tablespoon guacamole inside each hollowed roll. Top each with 3 slices turkey, 1/4 cup black bean mixture, and 1/4 cup shredded lettuce; top with remaining roll tops.

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