Lunchbox Quickie: Turkey & Tomato Panini

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For those of you mommies without a lot of time, here’s a quick and delicious sandwich option that is super healthy and packs lots of flavor! A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution. For variety, add a bit of red onion and sundried tomatoes. If you don’t have fresh basil you can definitely use dried basil. Also, try to use the spread on other things because it turned simple ingredients into a really nice lunch.

From EatingWell:

Ingredients
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 slices whole-wheat bread
8 ounces thinly sliced reduced-sodium deli turkey
8 tomato slices
2 teaspoons canola oil

Preparation

  1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, Parmesan, basil, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the mixture on each slice of bread. Divide turkey and tomato slices among 4 slices of bread; top with the remaining bread.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weight it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Nutrition
Per serving: 286 calories; 6 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 27 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 5 g fiber; 681 mg sodium; 136 mg potassium.

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