Who doesn't love a good Reuben sandwich!?
Well, maybe not those of us following the Weight Watchers program, once we realize a typical Reuben sandwich is 24 WW fsp's! But good news -this Turkey Reuban Panini Sandwich is only 6 WW freestyle smart points (blue plan) per sandwich! And you can use deli meat or leftover turkey breast meat, helping you get back on track after that big holiday meal!
Turkey Reuben Panini
I love panini's because I adore warm sandwiches. And getting a panini press was one of the best investments I ever made because it instantly turns a boring, old and cold sandwich into a HOT meal! There's just something cozier about eating a warm sandwich and this is one of my very favorite sandwiches!
Weight Watchers lunch ideas (or dinner!)
This makes a great Weight Watchers lunch (or even a dinner!) And it's only 6 WW fsp's (blue plan).
As you are likely aware, Weight Watchers (now known as WW) very recently changed their program to make it more individualized by offering 3 different plan options (green, blue and purple) in order to better suit the personal needs of their individual members . You can read more about it HERE!
Weight Watchers (WW) new plan
I stuck with the blue plan, as I LOVE the freestyle program! I have been following Weight Watchers for over 20 years and the freestyle program is, by far, my favorite! But you can easily figure out the points according to the plan you are on by using the nutritional information listed under the recipe. But with all the WW programs, BALANCE has always been key and that's what I love about it. You can still indulge and not feel deprived. But what I love even more is that staying on track means you get to eat meals like THIS - yum!
One of my favorite Weight Watchers sayings is: "It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Year's, but what you eat between New Year's and Christmas that really matters." We get so hung up on overdoing it during the holidays and often beat ourselves up. It's OKAY to indulge, but just be sure to get back on that wagon! It's what you eat all those days in between that really makes the difference. And since it's still between New Year's and Christmas, you'll want to be using your leftover Thanksgiving turkey for this sandwich!
Leftover Turkey sandwiches
Leftover turkey is the best! But leftover turkey sandwiches can get a little dull and predictable. And that's exactly why I love this one; it's lean, healthy, a little different and super delicious! Plus, you can always use roasted turkey deli meat if you don't have leftover turkey. Oh and my Leftover Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Panini is another great leftover turkey panini that also uses up your leftover cranberry sauce. Although, it's definitely not as Weight Watchers friendly as this one!
I have always considered sandwiches to be lunch food, but hot sandwiches are an entirely different thing all together. It just feels more 'dinner like' when you heat them up on the panini press. If you don't have a panini press, you can still make this with a frying pan. However, I would suggest investing in one- it's worth it. Check out some great deals on panini presses below!
If you also love hot sandwiches, then be sure to check out my Mediterranean Monte Sandwich the next time you're craving Greek food and want to indulge a little!
Turkey Reuben Panini
- panini press
- 150 g oven roasted turkey breast meat (cold cuts or leftover turkey) * about 6 slices
- 4 tsp mustard
- 4 slices low - fat swiss cheese slices
- 1 cup sauerkraut, drained and squeezed * measure AFTER it's drained and liquid has been squeezed out
- 8 slices rye bread
- dill pickles, sliced
- Heat panini press.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of mustard evenly on 4 pieces of bread.
- Top each piece of bread with mustard on it, with turkey meat, dividing evenly between all 4 pieces of bread.
- Drain and squeeze liquid from sauerkraut, then place it on top of turkey, dividing evenly between the 4 sandwiches.
- Add one slice of swiss cheese to each sandwich and top each sandwich with the remaining slice of bread.
- Place sandwiches on panini press and lower top. ** You do not need to add butter or anything else- it will not stick!
- Cook for 5 minutes (approximately) until it has grilled brown ridges (as in photos)
- If cheese is not yet melted, move the setting to "melt" until cheese is melted.
- Serve with dill pickles and enjoy!