Boar’s Head heart-healthy deli meats & best sandwich ever

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I recently had the opportunity to try some of the Boar’s Head heart-healthy deli meats, and because I love trying new things, when I saw the Boar’s Head Horseradish Cheddar, well…I had to try that too. ohmigaaaa…so good!  As a matter of fact, I had two of the best sandwiches I have had in a long time – and they both had one thing in common.  Boar’s Head.  It’s official, I’m a fan!

The first sandwich I tried was actually from the deli I bought the Boar’s Head meat and cheese.  They had a variety of Panini sandwiches, using the Boar’s Head products.  I tried one called ‘The Beamer’. It was on wheat rye,  had a couple of different cajun and spicy meats and cheeses, red onions, banana peppers, and I don’t even know what else. It was ahhh-mazing.

One item I purchased is this. the EverRoast® Oven Roasted Chicken Breast. It is one of their certified heart healthy deli meats.  Since my mom has recently been in the hospital for dangerously high blood pressure, has high cholesterol, and heart disease has deep roots in my family tree, I realize how important it is to follow a heart healthy diet.  It is also nice to know that I don’t have to give up some of my favorite foods.  

I love a good sandwich, but a lot of deli meats have very high sodium contents.  It’s nice to know that Boar’s Head offers choices that are low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and meet specified limits for sodium.  Not only are they great for sammies, but there are all kinds of recipes you can create!  For example, I’ve also been incorporating more quinoa into my diet, so this EverRoast® Chicken Quinoa Pilaf  sounds good.  I think I will use cranberries in the place of the raisins. Check out Boar’s Head for more information on a heart healthy diet, and for more recipes!

My sandwich had the oven roasted chicken breast, horseradish cheddar, spring mix salad, red onion, and an avocado ranch spread. It was delish.  Wheat or other whole grain bread would have been a healthier choice, but I happened to have this thick sliced bread so I used that.  What can I say, I’m a work in progress.

What about you? Are you taking steps to prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases that plague so many of us?  Are you like me, and genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure and cholesterol?  I know I need to work harder to fight these things, and I’m trying!  I’m also trying to instill the knowledge of making healthier choices into my children, b/c they are swimming in the same genetic pool!

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Pizza Night! {with homemade turkey sausage}

We looovveee pizza around here, and we often have homemade pizza on Fridays.  The perfect meal to kick off the weekend!  My ‘go-to’ homemade crust is this one, and if I use a store-bought crust, it is usually this one.
Many times we have plain.cheese. (because my kids are such adventurous eaters *sarcasm*). But on this night I made a ‘meat lovers’ pizza with homemade turkey sausage. Turkey sausage is very tasty, less fattening, and super easy to make.  I usually buy ground turkey in bulk from Sam’s Club and have been using a recipe from allrecipes.com. I couldn’t find it online again when getting ready to do this post (but it was adapted from Judy Culbertson @ allrecipes.com)

Turkey Sausage 

1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ginger
*fennel seeds (optional) Sometimes I will add in a sprinkle of fennel seeds if I am making the sausage to put on pizza. I leave it out if making breakfast sausage.
Crumble turkey in a large bowl. Mix in the salt, sage, pepper and ginger. Shape into patties if desired. In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook meat over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side (if doing patties) or until no longer pink (and 165 degrees F).
I added some onions, red pepper and fresh basil to my pizza!
What’s your favorite pizza?  Do you have any Friday ‘traditions’?!