Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches for a Flat-Belly Diet - dummies

Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches for a Flat-Belly Diet

By Erin Palinski-Wade, Tara Gidus, Kristina LaRue

The classic grilled cheese sandwich grows up! In this recipe, caramelized onion and cooked kale liven up turkey and Swiss, while thin slices of apple add texture. Grilling the sandwich adds toasty goodness. Vary it by using baby spinach instead of kale, and use your favorite reduced-fat cheese!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

1 teaspoon canola oil

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced

Small pinch of kosher salt

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

4 ounces low-sodium deli turkey

1/2 small Gala apple, thinly sliced

1 cup kale leaves, shredded and cooked

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Gruyère or Swiss cheese

4 slices seedy whole-wheat bread

  1. In a medium pan, heat the canola oil over medium heat.

  2. Sauté the onion with the salt and balsamic vinegar until softened and caramelized, about 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Build a sandwich by layering the caramelized onions, turkey, apple slices, kale, and cheese onto the bread.

  4. Coat a nonstick grill pan or skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium.

  5. Place the sandwiches on the heated pan and gently press down with the back of a flattened spatula.

  6. Allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and the cheese melts.

Per serving: Calories 355 (From Fat 62); Fat 7g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 34mg; Sodium 688mg; Carbohydrate 48g (Dietary Fiber 7g); Protein 27g.