Starbucks Turkey Rustico Panini Made Skinny



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I love this sandwich at Starbucks and decided to make a skinny, home version. Their sandwich has turkey, smoked Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, sweet onion marmalade and baby kale on focaccia. It’s yummy but pretty high in fat and calories with 480 and 18 grams fat.  My skinny remake uses smoked turkey, light Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, sweet cooked onions and spinach leaves. In addition, it’s made using one of those high fiber, 100 calorie sandwich thins. Each panini now has 278 calories, 8 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  It even has 7 grams of fiber. So easy to make and so delicious!

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes


Ingredients for Onions:

⅓ cup onions, chopped

1 teaspoon vinegar

½ teaspoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance light


Ingredients For Panini:

1 (100 calorie) sandwich thin, see shopping tips

1 teaspoon reduced-fat butter

Dijon or yellow or spicy brown mustard

2 ounces smoked turkey, see shopping tips

1 large slice tomato, cut in half

Spinach leaves or kale

1 slice (1 oz ) light Swiss cheese


Instructions

1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix together the onions, vinegar, brown sugar and butter. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes, until onions are soft.

2. To Assemble Panini: Spread the outside of sandwich thin, both top and bottom, with ½ teaspoon of butter on each. Split open and spread the inside of the bottom slice with mustard. On top of mustard, place turkey, cooked onions, tomato, spinach and top with cheese. Place remaining top piece of sandwich thin, butter side out.

3. To Make in Panini Maker or George Forman Grill: Place in preheated Panini maker or George Foreman grill and cook for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and panini is golden brown.

4. To Make on Cooktop: Coat a nonstick pan with coking spray. Add panini. Cover pan with lid and cook on medium-high heat about 2-3 minutes, until bottom is golden brown. Using a spatula, turn sandwich over. Flatten a little with the spatula. Cover and cook another 1-2 minutes until golden. Turn over again and cook, uncovered about 30 seconds more, until cheese is melted.

Makes 1 Panini  (this recipe can be doubled, tripled and so on.)


Shopping Tips

Sandwich Thins can be found in most large supermarkets. There are several brands available. One sandwich thin has 100 calories, 1g fat, and 5g fiber. They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts. Use your favorite.

Most supermarkets sell smoked turkey and light Swiss cheese. I bought both at Trader Joe’s.  I love their smoked turkey since it contains no nitrates.


Tips To Buy Panini Maker or George Forman Grill

If you’re looking to buy a Panini Maker, I love the choices at Target.com 

Here’s the link to the George Forman Grills at Target.com:
http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=george+foreman+grill&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&lnk=snav_ta_george+foreman+grill


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
7
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
7
Weight Watchers (old points)
5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 panini
278 cal, 8g fat, 4g sat. fat, 32mg chol, 26g protein, 33g carbs, 7g fiber, 806mg sod, 6g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
240 calories, 4g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 24g protein