Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cucumber Turkey Roll-ups (Meal Plan)

FOOD! I have always loved food, sometimes to an unhealthy obsessive amount. However, what I didn’t realize until recently, I never really CARED about it. If it tasted good, I’d eat it, without much other thought. I didn’t care for anything that took a significant amount of preparation, without taking into consideration if it was worth that or not. I am so incredibly happy to report, that is NOT how I live my life anymore.

For a few different reasons – gestational diabetic diet restrictions, writing these meal plans, thus making me accountable to all of YOU for what I eat, and our bi-monthly Abundant Harvest hauls – I now but a lot more time and energy into planning our meals! Luckily I have a wonderful husband who not only is good in the kitchen, but enjoys being in there to help with the actual making of these meals.

So let’s start with seeing what goodies we got from AHO this week!

All that adds up to:

4 Asian Pears
5 carrots (probably best for roasting)
1 Cauliflower head
1 Honeydew
5 lbs flavor rich plums
5 small hot chilis
1 bunch of kale
1 head of lettuce
1 bunch Sorrel
1 bunch chives
4 plumcots
over 20 small potatoes mix
1 bunch of tarragon
8 tomatoes
1 pint yellow pear tomatoes
a metric shit ton (like over 10) onions mix
1 pint garlic bulbs
1 big bag of sunchokes (jerusalem artichokes - I'll have to look into how to use these

4 packages pork Argentine Inspired sausages
1 package chicken breast
1 dozen eggs

7oz Happy Tummy Cheesecake (Organic Sprouted Cashews, Lemon Juice, Probiotic Dairy Free Water Kefir, Grade B Organic Pure Maple Syrup, Organic Coconut Oil, Sunflower seed Lecithin, Organic Madagascar Vanilla, Himalayan Pink Salt.)

4oz Cashew Queso (Organic Sprouted Cashews, Dairy Free Water Kefir, Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic spices)

1 half gallon raw whole milk

Great haul right!? How could you not be passionate about food after all of that? Unfortunately you will have to wait until next week to learn what we did with it all.

This meal plan tells you what we did this PAST week.

Lemon pan seared Tilapia

Chicken taco salad

Lima/green bean mix
Sweet Potato Fries

Cucumber Turkey wraps
(See recipe below!)

(Ate out)
Round Table Pizza
Rainbow Froyo

Fried eggs
Fried Potatoes

Tuna wrap in a spinach tortilla


So although all of this doesn’t sound like perfect diet foods, there is a skill to 'cheating'. Portion Control! I didn’t think I was capable of such a concept, but I have been doing great with it!

I am also nine months pregnant, and think I’m allowed just a BIT of leeway ;)

Every Friday morning, I meet a wonderful group of fellow women in our Military community for what is called Coffee Break. It is a Family Advocacy Provided service, where we are given a nice sized conference room to hang out for two hours, with free childcare! We go about it potluck style and everyone brings a little something to share with the group.

On a lazy day, that means running to the Commissary for a package of Oreos. Usually, I try to actually make something, however. I am always stumped on what to bring until the last minute though!

In comes Pinterest….

I came up with this after browsing Pinterest. I never clicked on any links, so I wont call this anyone else’s recipe. I just visually saw photos from many different sources and decided to wing it.

Here is how I did them, but I think there are infinite possibilities with it.

Cucumber Turkey Roll-Ups


3 Cucumbers
Baba Ghannouge- Roasted Eggplant Meze
1 Package deli Turkey


1.   Cut off the ends of the cucumbers, leaving both ends flat.

2.   Using a Mandolin, if possible, thinly slice Cucumber. The thinner the better. (I was using a cheese slicer on lowest setting and I wish I could get thinner) Cut each cucumber slice in half, short ways.

4.   Thinly spread Egglant Meze over each cucumber slice.

5.   Tear or fold a single piece of turkey and place onto the cucumber slice.

6.   Carefully roll the cucumber slice up, and secure with a toothpick!

Everyone at Coffee Break was a little skeptical of these (especially in the midst of the homemade chip dips, and muffins!) but once they tried them, the plate emptied quickly!

I think the spread could be any hummus, or your usual sandwich spread. Also, turkey, ham, chicken, tuna - the meat is interchangeable! Cheese would also be a fabulous addition.

Sadly, they did not come out as pretty as I had hoped, and many of the cucumbers cracked during the rolling process because they were a little too thick, but it didn't stop them from being delicious!

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  1. Hi Jackie,
    You have a great meal plan for the week and we would just love your Cucumber Turkey Roll Ups! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  2. The roll ups looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  3. What a healthy and yummy rollup! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  4. Never had meze...but I would love the cucumber roll up with the meat for sure.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, those turkey roll ups looks to die for. Too bad I'm the only one in my house that likes cucumbers Thanks for sharing on the #yuckstopshere link up. Come share with us next week.

  6. those turkey cucumber roll ups sounds amazing!!!! Thanks for linking up at Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party! Pinning this for later!
    Jessica from Sparkles & Glue

  7. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

    Cindy from

  8. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  9. Looks very nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Pinning.

  10. Wow what a great post! And the cucumber turkey roll ups look great too! thanks for sharing on my What Are You Doing? Blog hop last week!

  11. Cucumber Turkey wraps sounds so interesting and different to make. I would love this for a party.
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