Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Curried Turkey Wraps


    Are you in a brown bag rut?  I admit that I am. Peanut butter and jelly is always a quick and easy option for a workday lunch, but it does get tiresome after a while. I'm always on the lookout for tasty alternatives that are quick and easy to put together, and also satisfying enough to keep hunger pangs away all afternoon.

     I found the recipe for these wraps in an old Cuisine at Home magazine as I was browsing at my favorite thrift store. Thankfully, it turned out to be a delightful change from my usual lunchtime fare.  The curried cranberry-apricot cream cheese spread paired with thinly sliced turkey made the perfect sweet-savory combination, while the cucumber and lettuce gave it just the right toothsome crunch. Paired with an apple, it was just enough to keep me on my toes until the three o'clock bell.
 
      Wraps are definitely one lunchtime option worth further investigation. They're easy to customize according to your tastes, and also to what's in your refrigerator. What's your favorite brown bag lunch?  I'm always open to suggestions!

Curried Turkey Wraps
recipe from Cuisine at Home, June 2004
4 oz. cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel)
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 tsp. curry powder
2 Tablespoons apricot jam (I used my habanero gold jam.)
Juice of 1/2 lime
4 (12 inch) flour tortillas
6-8 leaves red lettuce
8 oz. deli-style roast turkey, thinly sliced
1 cup cucumber: seeded and thinly sliced (I used an English hothouse cucumber.)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
 
Directions:
  • Combine cream cheese, chopped cranberries, apricot jam and lime juice.
  • Warm tortillas gently in a dry skillet until soft and pliable.
  • Spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture on one tortilla. 
  • Layer lettuce, turkey, cucumber and cilantro on top of lettuce. (To keep fillings from squeezing out, leave the top edge of the tortilla filling-free, then roll it up from the bottom.)
  • Roll up tightly, and then cut in half at an angle.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas.

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34 comments:

  1. Mmmm flavorful n delicious...nice presentation dear..;)

    Tasty Appetite
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  2. This looks really good! A fabulous idea for my kids' after school meal! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Looks like a yummy sandwich and great pic:@)

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  4. What a great combination of flavours! I try and take leftovers from the night before for my lunch (as we have a microwave at work), but sometimes I'll take a sandwich. This wrap looks more appetizing than any sandwiches I end up bringing, lol!

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  5. Deliciously beautiful! I agree, a different sandwich is in order from time to time.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. Love these ingredients for you wrap; also perfect for a lunch on the deck as soon as the weather co-operates.
    Rita

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  7. This looks like a gourmet wrap! Beautifully presented!

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  8. I love wraps, and these look delicious!

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  9. This would be a lovely lunch! Wraps are one of my favourites

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  10. I was just telling my hubby that I need to take lunch to work more often. Eating out is getting expensive. These wraps will be perfect! Definitley trying these!!

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  11. That DOES look good...I work from home, so I'm usually eating leftovers from yesterday's dinner.

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  12. Great combination of flavors and textures.
    Mimi

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  13. Great new idea for lunch. I love things with curry, especially individual servings like wraps because my husband is not so hot on it..thanks for trying these out.

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  14. love this idea... you should make this a recurring theme- like brown bag wednesdays!

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  15. Those wraps sound good. Anything with cream cheese is a winner in my book. I know what you mean about the pb&j rut! It's just too easy to make :)

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  16. I want this in my brown bag, that's for sure;-)
    I love the flavor combination and a wrap is just more appealing than most sandwiches;-)

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  17. Awesome idea to use the curry. What a wonderful pair with the turkey. I usually do it with chicken but now I am so curious I can't wait to try it to my next turkey dish, maybe even this one because my husband loves his turkey sandwiches!

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  18. I always have tortilla wraps in my fridge...need new ideas, and have just found a great one. Love the turkey and the curry flavor. The cream cheese is always so tasty in a wrap. Looks so inviting, and totally delicious!
    Thanks for sharing, Betty:DDD

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  19. You have combined some fantastic flavors in this yummy wrap! I love to try something new.

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  20. Morning! Delicious... I love the sweetness of the cranberries and jam.. Will you make my lunch too?

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  21. Betty, I love all of the flavors that you used in these delicious looking wraps! Sweet, creamy and a little spicy. Lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  22. Great wrap...as I start to read the ingredients I was yummie, yummie...absolutely love the combination of sweet and savory. Hope you are having a wonderful week Betty :-)

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  23. I am always in a brown bag rut (laugh). This would be really nice change for lunch. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Velva

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  24. This really sounds like a great combination of flavors and it's ingredients I usually have in the fridge.

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  25. I like that you used the Neufchatel cheese too. Lots of times, if regular cream cheese isn't on sale, I can get the Neufchatel for cheaper. Great substitute and it tastes good! I love a good wrap. This sounds excellent!

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  26. I would LOVE that wrap!! Yum!!! I would never have thought about putting jam in it but it sounds great!

    I normally don't eat at work except for a piece of fruit...usually an apple. I eat a small meal before work and then dinner after work.

    On the days that I work a 12-13 hour shift, I'll brown bag it. Sometimes I just bring an energy bar. Other times I bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or maybe sardines and crackers. Sometimes I'll bring leftover spinach soup or tuna salad.

    I only take two 10-minute breaks on those days, so I don't have much time to eat. I need something with a lot of protein though to keep my blood sugar up.

    Anyway, you made an excellent sandwich. I'll have to try it sometime. :)

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  27. yum...beautiful picture too

    kary and teddy

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  28. Now that is my kinda wrap! It sounds amazing and I'm totally in love with just the habañero gold jam!! Delish :D

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  29. These really look delicious and have the added advantage of being healthy and good for you. My family will love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  30. What a fun wrap...I have not had a wrap in such a long time. Filled with some great flavors!

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  31. Hullo Betty , how are u?
    These wraps sounds soo good and look so pretty as well!
    + they sure are healthy!
    A bonus with all the deliciousness!
    Happy day with sunshine smiles!

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  32. I have used this recipe in the past on many occasions and loved these wraps! I have since moved and lost the magazine. I am so thankful to have found this blog with the exact recipe so a party we are hosting this weekend. Thank you so much!

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  33. i am assuming the curry powder goes in the cream cheese mixture? help...i am making these today and not much of a "cook"!

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    1. So sorry I didn't see this sooner! You assumed correctly- the curry does go into the cream cheese mixture. Hope you enjoyed them! :)

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