Even though I currently don’t have an actual real life adult job, I really work full-time. My job, you ask? Feeding the insatiably hungry man that I live with. Take a university student, throw in a hockey schedule, a big body frame, and add all that together with a metabolism that won’t quit, and you get my boyfriend.
Moving in together was a pretty big wake up call for me. I mean, I knew he was a hungry guy going into it, but when the monthly grocery bill went from $100 (when I lived on my own) to now $1000 a month, I thought to myself “holy crap this guy is a bottomless pit, how in the world am I going to keep him fed!?”
I began brainstorming ways I could keep him full throughout his busy days, but it had to be simple enough to pack in a lunch and eat while he’s out and about. There has been constant experimentation with new recipes (thankfully he’s the best test subject ever), but one recipe I always go back to is this easy, quick, healthy turkey roll-up!
These guys take less than a minute to make and are so tasty and packed full of nutrients to help get him through his days. And not to mention they taste AMAZING. I’m always sneaking some for myself to eat too hehe. Hey, he doesn’t get to have all the goodness to himself!
One of my favorite parts about this recipe is the hummus. I love making Life Made Sweeter’s hummus recipe and to have on hand for a veggie dip when guests are over or so I can quickly throw it on as a spread like I do in this recipe. It’s great for those of you who (like me) get a bad stomach from tahini. AND hummus is so freakin’ good for you!!!
Hummus = chickpeas = magnificent little wonder balls of healthy deliciousness.
In my opinion, chickpeas are something that everyone should try to incorporate more of in their diets. They’re so versatile, tasty, and provide so many nutrients your body needs. I’m talking protein, fiber, manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and K. Need I continue?
And, as if you weren’t already blown away by these little cutie-peas, if you buy a can of chickpeas (or make your own cooked chickpeas) you may not even know that you’re basically getting a two-for-one! The liquid that the chickpeas are cooked in is called aquafaba (I’m doing some experimenting with my own aquafaba recipes to look forward to in the future on my blog) and it can be used in so many recipes! It’s a great vegan egg white substitute, or can be used to make whipped toppings, mousses, and so much more! So save that liquid and do your own experimenting with your aquafaba. It’s delicious, nutritious, and sounds like the name of a magical underwater supermodel, so you can’t go wrong here.
Okay sorry I got a little off topic. Back to the turkey roll-ups. They’re perfect for packed lunches, afternoon snacks, or just as appetizers to put out when company’s over! Or to munch on while you write blog posts about yummy food because writing about food makes you even hungrier than normal. Whatever works for you. So give ’em a try and enjoy every last bite, but don’t get too overzealous and forget about that toothpick (speaking from experience, it doesn’t taste or feel great in the mouth).
Quick and Easy Turkey Roll-Ups
- 1 package of organic sliced turkey with no additives
- 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ cup spinach
- ¼ cup sliced purple cabbage
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- ¼ – ½ cup hummus
- Balsamic vinegar to drizzle
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place one piece of turkey down and spread a layer of hummus onto it.
- Add a layer of spinach and then top with a small amount of sliced pepper, cabbage, and carrot.
- Drizzle on some balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roll everything up and stick a toothpick in so it stays together.