I’m old enough to remember when turkey was a once a year thing, served only on Thanksgiving. If we had meat on a sandwich when I was a kid it was bologna, salami, ham, the incredibly tanned and bland olive loaf(!) or Spam. Fried, of course.

Then sometime around the time I was in college, turkey blossomed as an every day food. Now I’m not sure what I’d do without it. I buy two pounds of Boarshead low sodium turkey breast or chicken breast deli meat a week.

If it doesn’t wind up in a sandwich, I eat it straight out of the package. On the Weight Watchers Simply Filling food plan, you don’t even have to track the precise amount of lean proteins you eat.

Admittedly, the turkey sandwich can get old. In my 30s, I remember losing a ton of weight on a diet that consisted of a cold turkey sandwich and baby carrots every day for lunch. Then at night — after 45 minutes on the Stairmaster — I’d have another turkey sandwich, this time grilled with no-fat cheese and a microwaved baked potato.

No wonder that didn’t last.

Today, I eat fewer turkey sandwiches. But like a lot of folks watching their weight, it’s a staple. We’d starve if it wasn’t on most menus.

It’s something to be thankful for the other 364 days of the year.