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 points! But good news -this Turkey Reuban Panini Sandwich is only 6 WW 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!
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!
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 in recipe NOTES (affiliate links)
💭 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). If you are looking for more WW lunch ideas, then check out these WW friendly lunch recipes!
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 blue is a close second. You can read about my personal WW journey HERE.
However, you can easily figure out the points according to the plan you are on by using the nutritional information listed under the recipe or better yet, build the recipe in your app and you'll get a more accurate account (as my nutritional calculator does not account for 0 point foods.
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!
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!
📖 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
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!
🥪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!