Mexican food has never been this easy: Just top a whole-wheat tortilla with green onions, cooked turkey, and a sprinkle of monterey jack cheese, then cover with another tortilla. Cook in a pan coated with cooking spray until each side is browned and cheese is melted. Cut the tortilla into halves and eat with a touch of your favorite low-fat sour cream and salsa, if desired.
2. Pack an easy lunch.
Take your plain turkey-and-cheese sandwich up a notch by spreading hummus on the bread for an extra kick. Add some sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and a bit of spinach for a healthy, hearty lunch.
3. Build a better burger.
Mix 1.5 lbs of lean ground turkey (look for less than 7 percent fat) with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, ½ cup minced scallions, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt, ¾ cup of Panko breadcrumbs, and a sprinkle orcrushed red pepper. Form into patties and grill or cook in a nonstick pan until cooked through (165 degrees). Serve with toasted whole-grain buns spread with wasabi mustard.
4. Lighten up comfort food.
Substitute lean ground turkey in your favorite chili recipe instead of ground beef to cut the fat big-time. Try sneaking in some finely chopped veggies like zucchini or carrots for an extra nutrient boost.
5. Make a healthier reuben.
Spread Dijon mustard on two slices of whole-grain bread. Add rinsed and drained sauerkraut (this reduces the sodium), deli-sliced lean turkey, and a piece of reduced-fat Swiss cheese. Heat each side in a nonstick skillet until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.