Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich

The classic turkey club sandwich gets a healthy facelift with sweet potato noodle “bread,” heirloom tomatoes, spinach, low-sodium turkey and caramelized onion hummus. Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

I have been desperately craving a sandwich the past few days. DESPERATELY. Usually, such cravings are only reserved for chocolate, so this was a big deal.

But in order to make a sandwich, you usually need some bread in the house. Problem: I haven’t baked or purchased any sandwich bread the past few weeks. Undeterred, I scanned the kitchen for the starchiest food I could find. All I came up with was a sweet potato.

Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

I made potato noodle cakes a few months ago with spiralized potatoes and eggs, and I wondered if I could make “bread” with spiralized potatoes. Why, yes you can!

I wasn’t exactly sure how to execute the cooking, so I consulted a recipe for spiralized sandwich buns on Inspiralized. If you haven’t visited the website before, Ali at Inspiralized has created a wealth of recipes, all using the spiralizer. Whenever I have any questions about the spiralizer, I turn to her blog.

Adapting Ali’s recipe, I formed 2 squares of potato noodles on a pan to be used as the bread. Although the “bread” had less structure, it successfully kept everything together while I ate the sandwich!

Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

My initial vision was to makeover the traditional club sandwich, so here are the swaps that I made (in addition to the sweet potato bread):

  • Instead of slathering mayo onto the sweet potato bread, I used my caramelized onion hummus.
  • I know that the traditional club sandwich includes red tomatoes and lettuce, but I used spinach and heirloom tomatoes instead.
  • Most club sandwiches use three slices of bread, but I didn’t want a big sandwich, so I used only 2 slices.

Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

This sandwich, hands down, has been one of the best I’ve had in a long while. And I’m not just saying this because I made it!

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Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato (~7.5 oz/210g), peeled
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt, add more to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 TBS hummus (I used this caramelized onion hummus )
  • 2 ounces (~55g) deli sliced turkey
  • 2 slices of heirloom tomatoes (or any type of tomato)
  • small handful of spinach (about 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. Create sweet potato noodles with Blade B of the spiralizer. I chopped off the pointy ends of the sweet potato to make it easier to spiralize. Slice up any parts of the sweet potato that did not get spiralized, and add it to the noodles.
  2. Over medium-high heat, pour the olive oil in a sauté pan. Once the pan is hot, add in the sweet potato noodles and stir. Let the noodles cook for about 4 minutes and season with garlic powder, thyme, and salt. Turn off the heat.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cooked noodles with the egg until well-incorporated.
  4. Oil the pan with the rest of the olive oil.
  5. When the noodles are cool enough to handle, form them into two squares directly on the oiled pan. Make sure that the squares are about the size of sandwich bread.
  6. Turn the stove on to medium-high heat. Cook each side of the squares for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Once the sweet potato bread is cool enough to handle, start making the sandwich. I spread 1 tablespoon of hummus on each slice, and stacked the turkey, tomatoes, and spinach on the bottom slice. Top with the other slice of bread, hummus side down.
  8. Cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!
Recipe Type: gluten-free, lunch, dinner

Notes

Very loosely adapted from Inspiralized .

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33 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich

  1. Kelli @Hungry Hobby
    This looks DELICIOUS! I pinned it to my sandwich board, I love sweet potatoes I want to make this tonight! Still don't have a spiralizer though! Think it would work with shredded sweet potato?
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Thanks, Kelli! I think this could work with shredded sweet potatoes too, I might add any extra egg of egg white so that everything stays together. Let me know how it goes!
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  2. Meme
    I am SO intrigued by this! When I get my spiralizer I just ordered, I will have to try this! Such a great idea for using it that isn't noodles... not that "noodles" are a bad thing ;)
    Reply
  3. Kristi Rimkus
    Hi Lisa! I found your blog over at the Weekend Re-Treat Linkup. I love this sandwich idea. You have all of my favorite foods in one sandwich. I have a Family Pleasing Healthy Recipe board I'd love for you to contribute to if you're interested. Send me an email if you're interested and I'll send you the link so you can follow the board, then I can send you an invite. Have a terrific weekend!
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  5. diana
    thank you so much for this recipe. I am anticipating the arrival of my spiralizer today! Wooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooo , i think this will be the first recipe i give a shot too!! How could I not? Jersey tomatoes are ripe and in season, perfect sandwich topping for all my favorite things!
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  12. Angelina
    I absolutely love this idea! I am considering completely changing my dinner plans tonight!! I was wondering if you've experimented with making them ahead of time and, if you have, how you'd recommend storing/reheating them. Thanks!!
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Thanks, Angelina!! I haven't experimented with making them ahead of time, but I would put refrigerate them in a large container and use parchment paper to separate the layers. Then, when I'm ready to eat it again, I would just heat it on a pan or skillet. I tend not to freeze things like this because the food always picks up extra moisture in the freezer. These are a bit messy but so tasty!
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