Mediterranean Turkey Sub {recipe}

This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network.

Now that baseball season is in full swing I’ve turned to dinner options that are quick, filling, nutritious and full of flavor.  Lucky for me, Oscar Mayer introduced Deli Fresh BOLD flavors lunch meats in March. Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats contain no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and are gluten free! I’m a huge fan of the simplified ingredient list and bold, spicy flavors. The sliced meats are freshness sealed, and at least 97 percent fat free.   So, I can serve my large family sandwiches for dinner without guilt!

Here’s my Mediterranean Turkey Sub Recipe, which you really have to try.  The flavors are delicious.  Nothing in the sandwich is over powering, all the flavors compliment each other, yet the flavors are bold enough to make the sandwich dinner worthy. {smiling}  This is not just and sandwich, y’all!  The best part is that it’s easy peasy, and pretty darn healthy to boot!

mediterranean turkey sub

Mediterranean Turkey Sub Recipe

bold italian style herb turkey

TIP:  The first thing you’ll want to do before my making this recipe is to pick your Oscar Mayer Deli FRESH Bold Meat.  I used Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, but the sandwich would be equally delicious with either of these flavors including:  Cajun Style Turkey Breast or Chipotle Season Chicken Breast.  {{they also carry Maple Honey Ham}}

Mediterranean Turkey Sub Ingredients

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      • Deli Fresh Bold Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast
      • Deli Buns or French Sliced Rolls
      • Basil Pesto
      • Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
      • Fire Roasted Red Peppers (sliced)
      • Deli sliced golden Greek peperoncini’s
      • Green Olives
      • Lettuce

Directions {step-by-step}

Note:  Make one sandwich or many.  If you are feeding a large family or group, I’d recommend lining up your sandwiches and putting them together like an assembly line. 

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Step 1:  Open and spread pesto on bottom of bun or roll.

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Step 2:  Cut tomatoes in half and then layer vegetables on bun or roll.  If you don’t want to use cherry tomatoes (I like the flavor), just use regular tomato slices.

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Step 3:  Fold Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Bold Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast slices in half and layer over the vegetables.  Fold the top of bun or roll over the turkey and garnish with olives.  ENJOY!

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Edible Bird's Nest

Edible Bird’s Nest

Edible Bird’s Nest {recipe}
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Recipe type: Edible Bird’s Nest
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 18
 
Easy edible bird’s nest cookies perfect for Easter and Spring.
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 4 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Easter Sprinkles
  • Mini Cadbury Eggs
Instructions
  1. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. When butter is almost melted add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and chow mein noodles.
  4. Tip: Rub a small amount of Crisco onto your hands so that the mixture won’t stick when forming the nests.
  5. Take a golf ball sized portion of the mix, gently press into a muffin cup, use your fingers to push down the center to make a recessed bowl.
  6. Add sprinkles. (If you add the sprinkles to the mix they will melt so add after you’ve shaped the nests.)
  7. Cool.
  8. Add mini Cadbury eggs.
  9. Enjoy!

How To Make the Nests

how to nests

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easy lemonade cupcake

Easy Lemonade Cupcakes

Easy Lemonade Cupcakes {recipe}
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Recipe type: Easy Lemonade Cupcakes
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 24
 
Easy Lemonade Cupcake Recipe perfect for Spring.
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes
  • 1 box of lemon cake mix {I used Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix}
  • 1 3.4 oz box of lemon instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix {I used Smuckers}
  • Frosting
  • ¼ cup presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix {I used Smuckers}
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 stick of butter- softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 4 drops yellow food color {I used more because my lemonade mix was pink}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
  3. Blend cupcake ingredients until moistened and stir until lumps are gone and all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Pour Batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. *To make the cupcakes, follow the directions on the back of the box, and add one extra egg, the pudding mix and lemonade mix.
  6. Frosting:
  7. Stir lemonade mix and water until mix is dissolved in small bowl.
  8. In large bowl, beat butter, whipping cream and lemonade mixture until creamy.
  9. Beat in powdered sugar and food color until well blended.
  10. Frost cupcakes. Insert Washi Tape Straws.
Notes
Add frosting to bag, snip end and pipe onto cooled cupcakes for finished look!

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washi tape flags

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St. Patrick's Day Chex Mix

Chex Mix Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Vanilla Chex Cereal
  • 1 Box Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 12 oz bag of white chocolate baking chips
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag green M&M’s

Directions {step-by-step}

Chex Mix

MIX vanilla chex cereal, honey nut chex cereal and pretzels in a bowl.

SPREAD out on a cookie sheet.

MELT white chocolate baking chips in microwave safe dish in microwave or you can use a Wilton disposable piping bag like I did.  My 12 oz. bag took about 2.5 minutes.  I’d recommend melting your chips in 30 second increments.

DRIZZLE melted white chocolate onto chex cereal mixture.

COOL after white chocolate cools break up mix and return to bowl.

MIX M&M’S into chex mix.

St. Patrick’s Day Chex Mix {recipe}
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 30
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Vanilla Chex Cereal
  • 1 box Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag pretzel’s
  • 1 bag White Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 1 bag M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Combine vanilla chex cereal, honey nut chex cereal and pretzels in a large bowl. Be careful not to crush or break cereal pieces.
  2. Spread mixture in batches onto a cookie sheet. Drizzle melted white chocolate on mixture. Let cool.
  3. Break apart and return mix to bowl and add M&M’s.

 

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brownie toffee trifle recipe

Easy Brownie Toffee Trifle Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 15-18
 
Brownie Toffee Trifle Recipe that amazingly creamy, chocolatey and a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients
  • Boxed Fudge Brownie Mix (plus eggs, oil and water)
  • 5.9 oz box of Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (plus 3 cups of milk to make pudding)
  • 1 bag of Toffee Bits (8 oz)
  • 2 containers of Cool Whip (8 oz)
  • 1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare Brownie Mix as directed on Box. Allow to cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares.
  2. While Brownies are cooking, prepare pudding as directed on box. Refrigerate.
  3. Trifle Assembly: Layer half of brownie squares in trifle bowl. Pour half of pudding over brownies. Top with half a bag of toffee bits and half cup of chocolate chips. Add 8 oz. of whipped topping. Repeat layers.
  4. Garnish with remaining semi sweet chocolate chips and sliced strawberries.
Notes
This recipe can be made the night before and refrigerated.

The prep time is really only about 15 minutes….the thing that takes the longest is letting the brownies cool before you assemble the trifle.

brownie toffee trifle

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Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread {recipe}
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Snack, Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1⅛ cups sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 3 ripe medium-large bananas (mashed)
  • ½ c + ⅓ c chopped walnuts (or pecans)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour. Blend together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Mix together the egg, sugar and vegetable oil until combined. Add the flour mixture and when blended add the buttermilk, vanilla and mashed bananas and mix until combined. Fold in ½ c chopped walnuts (I use pecans) and pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Top batter with remaining ⅓ c chopped walnuts. Bake for 45 to 60n minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  2. Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk you can substitute by adding 1 tbls of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 c milk. Let stand 5 minutes.

 

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Indian Fry Bread

Traditionally, you’ll make the Indian fry bread into a round disk, but for Valentine’s Day, I decided to make it into a heart.  {{sweet}}

Indian Fry Bread Ingredients

  • 4 cups white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large TBSP Shortening
  • water (approximately 2 cups) to make a medium stiff dough
  • *additional flour to work with dough
  • vegetable oil to fry dough

Directions {step-by-step}

Indian Fry Bread

Step 1:  Mix together dry ingredients.

Indian Fry Bread

Step 2:  Add in shortening and water (approximately 2 cups).  Mix together to make a stiff dough.

Indian Fry Bread

Step 3:  Cover hands in flour and sprinkle work surface with flour so dough doesn’t stick.  Make dough balls about 3 inches in diameter.

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Flat Bread

Step 4:  Flatten balls with the heels of your hands to make 6 inch circles (or shape into a heart like I did).  You do not need to use a rolling pin!

Indian Fry Bread

Step 5:  Heat 1″ of cooking oil in skillet and when hot, drop in the flattened bread.

TIP:  To keep oil cleaner longer, tap off excess flour from dough before dropping into hot oil.

Indian Fry Bread

Step 6:  Brown each side.  Drain on paper towel.

Indian Fry Bread

Step 8:  Serve with favorite topping.  We love powdered sugar, syrup, apricot or strawberry jam.  Also yummy are taco toppings:  seasoned meat, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Indian Fry Bread Recipe {how to}
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Recipe type: dessert or savory
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Serves: 8
 
Can be used as a dessert or as bread for savory dish
Ingredients
  • Indian Fry Bread Ingredients
  • 4 cups white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large TBSP Shortening
  • water (approximately 2 cups) to make a medium stiff dough
  • *additional flour to work with dough
  • vegetable oil to fry dough
Instructions
  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Add in shortening and water (approximately 2 cups). Mix together to make a stiff dough.
  3. Cover hands in flour and sprinkle work surface with flour so dough doesn’t stick. Make dough balls about 3 inches in diameter.
  4. Flatten balls with the heels of your hands to make 6 inch circles (or shape into a heart like I did). You do not need to use a rolling pin!
  5. Heat 1″ of cooking oil in skillet and when hot, drop in the flattened bread.
  6. Brown each side. Drain on paper towel.
Notes
TIP: To keep oil cleaner longer, tap off excess flour from dough before dropping into hot oil.

Serve with favorite topping. We love powdered sugar, syrup, apricot or strawberry jam. Also yummy are taco toppings: seasoned meat, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

 

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Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet and smoky rub {McCormick seasoning}
  • black pepper
  • barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ)
  • Hawaiian Rolls, 1 pkg

Directions {step-by-step}

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Step 2:  Place tenderloins in a baking dish, rub with oil and sweet and smoky rub.  Sprinkle with pepper.

Step 3:  Cover with foil and bake for 1 1/2 -2 hours.

Note:  You can always bake in a crock pot.

Step 4:  Remove baking dish from oven.  Shred pork in the baking dish using a fork and tongs to hold steady.

Step 5:  Add shredded pork to a mixing bowl.  Add barbecue sauce to shredded pork.  Toss to coat evenly.

Step 6:  Cut roll in half horizontally.  Place pork on roll and top with pink crunchy onions and roll top.  Enjoy!

Crunchy Pink Onion Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar (regular vinegar works too)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions {step-by-step}

Step 1:  Evenly slice onions using a mandolin or knife.

Step 2:  Place sliced onions in a microwave steamer.

Step 3:  Add water, cider vinegar, sugar and salt.  Place in microwave and cook for 4 minutes.

Step 4:  Drain.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes.  Note:  If you are making in advance you can refrigerate them.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Crunchy Onions {recipe}
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Pulled Pork Ingredients
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet and smoky rub {McCormick seasoning}
  • black pepper
  • barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ)
  • Hawaiian Rolls, 1 pkg
  • Crunchy Pink Onion Ingredients
  • 1 medium red onion
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar (regular vinegar works too)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Onions:
  2. Evenly slice onions using a mandolin or knife.
  3. Place sliced onions in a microwave steamer.
  4. Add water, cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Place in microwave and cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Drain. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Note: If you are making in advance you can refrigerate them.
  6. Pork:
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove extra fat and silver skin from pork.
  8. Place tenderloins in a baking dish, rub with oil and sweet and smoky rub. Sprinkle with pepper.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 1½ -2 hours.
  10. Note: You can always bake in a crock pot.
  11. Remove baking dish from oven. Shred pork in the baking dish using a fork and tongs to hold steady.
  12. Add shredded pork to a mixing bowl. Add barbecue sauce to shredded pork. Toss to coat evenly.
  13. Cut roll in half horizontally. Place pork on roll and top with pink crunchy onions and roll top. Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies {recipe}

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Ingredients

Ingredients

Shortbread:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Chocolate Topping:

  • 2 tbls. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecan, finely chopped

Directions {step-by-step}

Roll dough into balls

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Cookie Recipe

Step 2:  Form ball into a 2 inch by 1 inch log.  Place on ungreased baking sheet, parchment paper or silpat.  Bake at 325 degrees for 17-19 minutes or until golden brown.  Transfer to cool completely.  Yields 2  to 2-1/2 dozen.

Dip Cookies in Chocolate

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