Sunday, June 14, 2009

Healthified Turkey Artichoke Panini

Here's a quick, tasty and healthy idea for a weeknight dinner! Not quite as good as Panera's version, but for all the fat and calories you're saving, definitely worth it. I liked it so much I made it for both of us for dinner one night, and then made it again for lunch the next day.

Healthified Turkey Artichoke Panini

1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup reduced-fat garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese
1/2 cup loosely packed washed fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
4 slices soft whole wheat bread, 1/2 inch thick (1 1/2 oz each)
1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers, drained, sliced
4 oz sliced cooked turkey breast or chicken breast
2 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded Italian cheese blend
Cooking spray or olive oil cooking spray

1. Heat closed contact grill or panini maker for 5 minutes.

2. Place artichoke hearts on paper towels; pat dry. Coarsely chop artichoke hearts.

3. In small bowl, mix artichoke hearts, spreadable cheese and spinach. Spread mixture on 2 bread slices. Top with bell peppers, turkey and shredded cheese. Top with remaining bread slices. Spray both sides of sandwiches with cooking spray.

4. When grill is heated*, place sandwiches on grill. Close grill; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

*To cook in skillet, heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sprayed sandwiches; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until toasted and cheese is melted.

1 Sandwich: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 70mg; Sodium 680mg; Total Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 11g); Protein 34g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 25%; Iron 20%


Abby said...

That looks so good. My husband LOVES paninis, but we've never made them at home!

Christie Stump said...

They were super easy to make on the trusty Foreman grill! You'll have to let me know if you try them!

Heather said...

You have been busy! All sounds tasty!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, I love this sandwich. Anything that's healthy and contains artichoke hearts gets my vote!