Diabetic Cooking

Main Dishes

Italian-style freezer sandwiches

Preparation time: 45 minutes. Baking time: 55–60 minutes. Cooling time: 15 minutes.


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 1/4 cup diced black olives (approximately 1 ounce)
  • 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 12 hamburger buns
  • 12 slices fat-free processed mozzarella cheese


In a large nonstick skillet, brown and drain ground turkey. Add onion, jalapeño pepper, black olives, mushrooms, tomato sauce, garlic powder, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes; stir frequently. Remove from heat and cool. (Meat filling may be served right away if desired; just increase cooking time from 10 minutes to 20 minutes).

Spread bottom of each bun with 1/3 cup cooled meat filling. Top with 1 slice cheese and other half of bun. Wrap sandwiches tightly in foil. Place in freezer bags and freeze.

When ready to serve, preheat oven to 350°F and place the foil-wrapped sandwiches on a baking sheet. Bake for 55–60 minutes, or until heated through.

Yield: 12 sandwiches. Serving size: 1 sandwich.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 243, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 577 mg, Fiber: 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 2 starch, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat. Carbohydrate choices: 1 1/2.

This recipe was developed by Tami Ross, a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky.