I have to admit that after an amazingly relaxing week in Cabo with my family, I’ve had a little bit of trouble jumping back into the swing of things. Juggling work, school, and my million other activities just isn’t as appealing as spending all day lying on the beach drinking margaritas. Cooking after not lifting a finger for a week seemed daunting, so I’m taking babysteps back into reality with about the easiest meal I could put together. Panini’s are an amazingly simple meal but totally satisfying and tasty. Here’s one of my favorite combinations: turkey, granny smith apple, brie, arugula, and spicy raspberry mustard.
This panini is a total knockoff of my favorite sandwich at one of my favorite spots in NYC, Grey Dog’s. The only thing I always wish when I order the sandwich is that it could be grilled and melty, because let’s face it, everything is better grilled and melty. So that’s exactly what I did. Constructing it was easy: start with a fresh seedy loaf of whole wheat, lather on the raspberry mustard, add a thin layer of brie, sliced granny smith apples, a handful of arugula, and a few slices of turkey. Brush a little olive oil on the outside of each slice of bread and grill on your panini maker or george forman grill for 3 minutes on each side or until the bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
Nutritional Highlights: The sandwich was a brilliant invention. Not only are they A-mah-zing, they also have almost every food group packed into one little package. Whole grains in the bread, protein in the meat or cheeses you choose to add on, veggies in the lettuce and other toppings, and this one even has some fruit too! Now brie isn’t necessarily the healthiest cheese (and as we know all cheese is very high in saturated fat), but I chose a light brie and cut it as thin as possible to keep it relatively healthy. If you choose healthy bread and toppings, panini’s can be a healthy and delicious meal, on the table in 15 minutes!
Turkey, Apple & Brie Panini with Raspberry Mustard
- 2 slices of good whole grain bread
- 1/2 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
- 1 oz brie cheese, thinly sliced (light or lowfat if possible)
- 1 small handful of fresh arugula
- Raspberry mustard (I mixed 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon low sugar raspberry preserves and it was prefect, but you can also buy a prepared version).