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%
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