Springtime Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Melt



ham and asparagus

Sometimes the simple to prepare meals are the tastiest.  This open-faced delight surely delivers.  First, I’ve layered a skinny ham salad, steamed asparagus and reduced-fat cheese on top of toasted garlic bread. Next, placed in the oven to melt.  It might sound like a strange combination but wait until you taste it.  Each delectable serving has 221 calories, 7.5 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS. It’s delicious and perfect to serve for brunch or lunch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes


Ingredients

4 slices sourdough wheat bread or cracked wheat sourdough bread

4 tablespoons reduced-fat butter

1 tablespoon garlic powder with parsley (I like Lawry’s)

2 cups lean ham or turkey ham, chopped (from a thick slice)

¼ cup light mayonnaise (I like Best Foods Light)

2 tablespoons mustard

16 asparagus spears, steamed

6 slices reduced-fat Swiss or Jarlsberg cheese, cut in half


Instructions

1. Toast each slice of bread.  Spread each with ½ tablespoon of butter.  Sprinkle each with garlic powder. Cut each piece in half and place on a baking sheet.

2. In a small bowl, mix together ham, mayonnaise and mustard. Place ham salad on top of garlic bread.  Place 2 asparagus spears over the ham salad.  Top each with cheese slices.

3. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned.  Serve with a fork and knife.

Makes 8 halves (serve 1 piece per person with a salad)


Food Fact

Ham is the favorite choice at Easter.  In America though, lamb and turkey are gaining popularity.


Shopping Tip

Be sure to start with a chunk of ham not thinly sliced.  The ham salad should be chunky.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
221 calories, 7.5g fat, 17g protein, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 780mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
435calories, 30g fat, 25g protein, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 1255mg sodium, 1g sugar