Low-cal turkey BLT with Ben’s guacamole


Ben didn’t think he’d like turkey BLTs. But he was still hungry after the Chilly Chili Run the other day, so he decided to sample a batch I’d made up so Bob could shoot photos for my newspaper column on Dragon sandwiches (low-cal enough that you can eat them in bunches, like the characters in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

“Hey, these are pretty good,” he said.

You can come up with some ridiculously low calorie counts when your basic sandwich components are Healthy Goodness bread (35/slice), turkey bacon (17/slice), tomato (3 or 4 calories per slice) and lettuce (1 calorie per leaf). That little sandwich in the photo above, for instance, is just 39 calories if you eat it plain.

We fooled around with different sizes and combinations, but the key that really transformed this sandwich was adding a small dollop of Ben’s guacamole. (At 22 calories per tablespoon, I calculated that 1/2 teaspoon added about 5 calories to the sandwich pictured above. The sandwich pictured below, with two bacon strips and a tablespoon of guac, came out to 136 calories.)

Ben’s simple guacamole

2 avocadoes

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

The meatier version, with extra guac.

The meatier version, with extra guac.


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2 Responses to Low-cal turkey BLT with Ben’s guacamole

  1. triathlonobsession says:

    I’m impressed with the self control over the guac! You know I love a simple recipe like this—next time add a hit of lemon juice which will spike the flavors and also keep it from turning brown in the fridge if you have leftovers. 🙂

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