South of the Border Sandwiches

People kept telling me I looked tired today. Probably because I am. I stayed up late writing for Tablespoon last night and when I actually did make it to bed, baby girl was dancing to “Bootylicious” in my belly. But that part I don’t mind so much. My favorite part about being pregnant is feeling the baby move inside. And then when I dance alone in my living room…someone’s always dancing with me.

I have a ton of energy in the morning. I actually just decided to stop running this week, which is week 32 of my pregnancy. A year ago, I ran the St. George marathon. Now, I just barely move my feet and call it running. My doctor said I was fine still running but I’m pretty sure I was freaking out everyone at the gym. Okay, I know I was. A grandma came up to me and said, “Honey, I don’t think you should be doing that.” And then one of the gym trainers leaned up on the treadmill and whispered with a smile, “That baby is going to come out running.” My husband said to step outside of the box and think if I saw another pregnant lady running at the gym in my state, wouldn’t you think she’s crazy? Yeah, probably.

My point is that in the morning I have all this energy but by the time I get to dinner, I’m wasted and fighting Braxton Hicks. Tonight, I actually called an audible and phoned Papa Johns (it was also pizza night for my son’s school so I didn’t feel so bad).

Sandwiches are a happy medium for me. It’s not a ton of work but still looks like I tried. These sandwiches were a hit with half of my family. The younger two kids didn’t go for them because they had too many vegetables, but I loved them. Great for entertaining. They are smothered in a savory combination of southwest spices, turkey, tomatoes, avocados, and olives. They come from the Lion House cookbook so you know they’re good.

I cut my bread slices a little too thick. You want the bread to sandwich ratio to be more even.
South of the Border Sandwiches
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 loaf French bread cut into 3/4" thick slices
  • ½ cup olives chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 pound sliced turkey
  • 2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados sliced
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine olives, chili powder, cumin, and salt; set aside 2 Tablespoons of this mixture. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, and green onions to the remaining olive mixture.
  3. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet and spread 1 Tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on each slice. Top with slices of turkey and tomatoes. Spread with another Tablespoon of mayonnaise mixture (I didn't add this because I didn't think it needed it). Top with avocados and cheeses. Sprinkle with the reserved 2 Tablespoons of olive mixture. Bake @ 350 for 15 min. Makes 8-10 servings.
Recipe Notes

Source: slightly adapted from The Sister's Cafe ; original recipe Lion House Entertaining

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  1. Mmm, anything with avocado is a-okay in my book! These look awesome!

    And I totally envy anyone that can run during pregnancy! I can hardly walk when I’m pregnant!

  2. No wonder you look so smokin hot still!! good for you! I say run as long as it feels good…. your body will tell you when you should be done and it’s too much…. THESE LOOK AWESOME!

  3. These look wonderful!

  4. These looks absolutely scrumptious. I will have to try them sometime, that’s for sure!

  5. These look great! I like your ratio of bread to sandwich, but I love bread!

    Brett thinks Owen is so wild because I shook him around so much running my entire pregnancy:)

  6. YUM!! These I have to try!

  7. Mm I love a sandwich with avocado! But take out the olives and I’m 100% happy. I would love to have these for football viewing.

  8. “Pinned” these! Can’t wait to try them, they look delicious!!

  9. When I was preggers with #6 I finally told all those grandma’s at the gym that I wasn’t really pregnant, just getting fat 🙂 They left me alone after that….

    Did you read about the woman who completed the Chicago marathon last weekend at 37 weeks and then went into labor?!? Craziness!

  10. They look wonderful! I cannot wait to make these!

  11. Carol beat me to it. I was going to ask if you read about the marathoner who then gave birth.

    These look so good! My kids wouldn’t like them either. Are vegetables really an acquired taste? They must be. I don’t remember being particularly in love with them as a child but these days I would eat them over just about anything else.

  12. @Erin, I’m not an olive fan but didn’t mind them at all in these.
    @Carole, I barely ran a marathon not pregnant. I have no idea how that lady did that. Pure craziness!

  13. WHY do people feel the need to tell you when you look tired?? As if you don’t already know?? And the worst is when you’re NOT and they tell you that. Ugh. I hate that. Anyway, these look great. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Hey! I am so going to make these..they look fantastic! I did want to let you know I made your Blueberry Streusel Muffins over the weekend and OMGsh..they were hubby said I’m not allowed to buy anymore mixes.

  15. These sound super yummy!

  16. I love that you ran until now. Girl after my own heart.


  17. That’s a sandwich I can get excited about…yum!

  18. Christie you crack me up. I loved that you called for pizza. I got the “you look tired” a ton once I hit 32 weeks, and once I hit 35 it was the “you’re sure there are twins in there?” Gotta love strangers.

  19. Looks good! Going to pin this one. I think it will taste good even without the turkey for us vegetarians.

  20. Oooh, these look like really tasty little sandwiches! Love them! 🙂

  21. Pure yumminess! Great idea for football spreads or New Years Eve.

  22. congrats on the baby girl! I have been looking at your blog to see if you ever announced it, maybe I missed it! These sandwiches look great! I am going to make them tomorrow for watching the football games!

  23. Wow, I’m not usually a sandwich type of girl but those look like they’d hit the spot!! Especially with the Avocado…and the melted cheese…and the everything. MMM!

  24. Love the melted cheese and avocado! Great sandwich here!

  25. Oh Yea! i have a party coming up next week and I think I am going to add these to the menu! They look delicious 🙂

  26. These sandwiches look so delicious! What a great appetizer idea!


  27. Beautiful blog! And I’m pregnant too…I’ll be 34 weeks on October 17th! 🙂

  28. These sound delicious! Haha I see some pregnant women exercising but in all honesty, I don’t get weirded out. Instead I think “wow if/when I do get pregnant, I hope I still get to workout like them!” 🙂 Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  29. Christie, my friend Haley just had her baby and she was rockin the gym up til she had to deliver and we live in TX, in fact one of her last posts on FB (pre delievery) was about what she gonna do if her water broke while working out. hahaha, one of my favorite status’. Guess the point being rock that gym. 😉 All of your recipes looks so delish, i just found your site yesterday when another friend of mine who lives in TN shared your PB chip ball on FB. Thanks for the fun blog with awesome pictures and recipes. 🙂

  30. I’m always looking for new and interesting sandwich ideas that are great for a packed lunch or a quick dinner.
    These look great!
    And I, too, like your bread to sandwich ratio! 😀

  31. Those sandwiches are looking tasty!

  32. I just eat and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. made these tonight… AMAZING! thanks for the very adaptable idea. I will be making these again…

  34. I can not believe how awesome these were. Seriously. I just can’t. The mayo/sour cream mix with the spices was out of this world, good. I am so sorry I didn’t find this pin earlier.

  35. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!
    Thanks, Christy…looks yummo!

  36. I’m in awe of women who can exercise during pregnancy. I have two kids and I was mostly bedridden during both pregnancies. I salute you.

  37. Love this! Since my bunch “just doesn’t do” avocados (and they’re too old to force ’em any more (read: 40s and 50s), I may thinly slice some raw seeded jalapenos to replace the avo’s. If you’re not into hot and spicy, could do bell pepper, instead.

    In any case: This looks soooo good!