pulled turkey sandwiches
1 tbsp 2% Greek yogurt
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 avocado, mashed
½ tsp yellow mustard
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 whole-wheat hamburger buns
1 turkey breast (weighing around 1 pound)
2 ½ cup vegetable stock
1 cup barbeque sauce, divided
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves
1 cup purple cabbage, shaved
2 tbsp chopped cilantro (can substitute parsley)
1 tbsp mayonnaise
To a medium sauce pot add vegetable stock, ½ cup barbeque sauce, bay leaf, garlic cloves and ¼ tsp sea salt. Stir to incorporate the barbeque sauce and place the turkey breast in the pot; the liquid should be covering the turkey, add more stock if necessary until just covered.
Cover the pot and set the heat to high. Once the liquid just starts to boil, turn down the heat to low, leaving the pot covered, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the turkey is fully cooked; it should read 165F.
While the turkey is cooking, thinly slice or shave the purple cabbage and add to a mixing bowl, along with the chopped cilantro. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar and ¼ tsp sea salt; whisk to combine and pour over the cabbage. Toss the cabbage in the dressing until fully coated; season with more salt to taste if necessary and set aside.
Once the turkey has fully cooked, discard the cooking liquid and place the turkey breast on a cutting board. Use two forks to gently shred the turkey into small pieces, place turkey back into the same pot that was used for cooking.
To the pot with the turkey, pour in remaining ½ cup of barbeque sauce and add ½ tsp mustard. Use a spoon to gently stir until the turkey is fully coated in the sauce. Cover the pot and place on a burner set to low to keep warm.
Mash the avocado just before assembling the sandwiches. Just before serving, gently toast the buns on the BBQ- this step is optional but recommended!
To assemble the sandwiches, spread some avocado on the bun, followed by a generous spoonful of the pulled turkey, top with the coleslaw and enjoy! Serve any remaining coleslaw on the side!
Tip: If you’re making this for a bigger group set up a toppings bar so everyone can build their own sandwich! Place the pulled turkey, avocado and coleslaw in bowls to make it easier to serve- you can even have other toppings to choose from like greens, sliced tomato, pickles, onions, salsa, hot sauce...get creative!