A Rubenesque Sandwich
Since writing a food blog I’ve run the risk of becoming a bit reubenesque myself. But I don’t want to look like the subject of Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ work. We will soon be “renewing our vows” with the life insurance company and since June, long walks, and leaner meals have become a necessary habit. I’ve had a measure of success getting my weight down to the prime rate zone by cutting waaaay down on sugar and bread. When I do eat bread it is whole wheat and only after a really hearty work out. Now after today’s 5 mile power walk, I decided I want my favorite sandwich of all …a tangy, cheesy, meaty Reuben
I still wanted to stay in the 500 calorie per meal place so this reuben sandwich would require some adjustments. Instead of two slices of marble rye grilled with butter, I used a whole wheat bun of 60 calories. I then sprayed a skillet with canola oil spray, toasted the bun, and browned off the meat. I used deli thin ham that I had on hand, but you could definitely use turkey, ham. Red meats like the traditional pastrami have more calories but this ham had only 70 calories per serving. A slice of swiss cheese is only 60 cal/ serving and I found fat free Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut combined to finish it off adding only another 25 calories. So the total of calories for this very tasty sandwich came to only 215! That’s so good that I could afford to have another one plus a garden fresh sliced tomato on the side.
My sandwich craving has been completely satisfied with this reubenesque version, and my figure will continue to become less reubenesque as a result…The Three Graces would have loved this. (credit goes to wikipedia for this lovely picture)