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 loaded with WW points! But good news -this Turkey Reuban Panini Sandwich is only 6 WW personal points.
And you can use deli meat or leftover turkey breast meat, helping you get back on track after that big holiday meal! Reuben Sandwiches are especially popular for St. Patrick's day!
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!
For this Turkey Reuben Sandwich, you'll need:
- roast turkey breast meat (cold cuts/deli meat or leftover turkey)
- low - fat Swiss cheese slices
- rye bread slices
📖 Variations & Substitutions
- bread- use any type you prefer- you can further lower the points with a very WW friendly bread
- mustard - give it some spice with Dijon mustard!
- turkey - you can use deli meat or leftover turkey or chicken breast
🥗 Side Dishes
This Turkey Reuben Panini goes well with veggies, soup or a side salad. I also like to serve it with:
- Quick Cucumber Kimchi
- Skinny Coleslaw Recipe
- Spinach salad
- Easy Italian Wedding Soup (with frozen meatballs)
- Healthy Pumpkin Soup (no cream) (shown below)
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.(affiliate link)
If you don't have a panini press, you can still make this with a frying pan/large skillet. However, I would suggest investing in one- it's so worth it!
💭 Weight Watchers lunch ideas (or dinner!)
This Turkey Reuben makes a great Weight Watchers lunch (or even a dinner!) If you are looking for more WW lunch ideas, then check out these WW friendly lunch recipes!
And if you love Reuben's, you'll love my lighter Reuben Soup (shown below), which can be further lightened up with the suggestions I give in the post.
When Weight Watchers changed their plans a couple of years ago, I stuck with the blue plan, as I LOVED the freestyle program (and it's the closest)! I have been following Weight Watchers for over 20 years and the freestyle program was, by far, my favorite! But now that's it's personalized, it's even better! You can read about my personal WW journey HERE.
However, you can easily figure out the points according to your personal plan, by building the plan in the WW app's recipe builder.
Most importantly, 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. You can also read my WW Tips & Tricks HERE! But what I love even more is that staying on track means you get to eat meals like THIS - yum!
👪 Serving Size
This Turkey Reuben recipe makes 4 sandwiches However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
Store ingredients (sauerkraut, turkey and cheese) separately from each other in an airtight sealed containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bread can be stored at room temperature.
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!
WW friendly Leftover Turkey
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 Easy Leftover Turkey Enchiladas is another great leftover turkey recipe that is also WW friendly!
So if you are looking for a healthy, easy WW lunch ideas, give this Turkey Reuben Panini a try!
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🥪Turkey Reuben Panini Recipe
- 150 g oven roasted turkey breast meat (cold cuts or leftover turkey) * about 6 slices
- 4 teaspoon 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!
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