Spinach Panini

Spinach Panini

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This warm panini recipe is an easy choice when you're preparing lunch for four. Each sandwich is loaded with a full cup of spinach and flavorful basil and feta cheese—so tasty!

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread or 2 whole-wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise and split horizontally
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 8 thin tomato slices (1 medium tomato)
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (2 ounces)

Preparation

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  1. Lightly coat an unheated panini griddle, covered indoor electric grill, or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Place 4 of the bread slices or 4 pita pieces on a work surface; divide half of the spinach leaves among bread slices or pita pieces. Top spinach with tomato slices. Sprinkle with pepper. Add red onion slices and basil. Top with feta and remaining spinach. Top with remaining bread slices or pita pieces. Press down firmly.
  3. Preheat griddle, grill, or skillet over medium heat or heat according to manufacturer's directions. Add sandwiches, in batches if necessary. If using griddle or grill, close lid and grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until bread is toasted. (If using skillet, place a heavy plate on top of sandwiches. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until bottoms are toasted. Carefully remove plate, which may be hot. Turn sandwiches and top with the plate. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more or until bread is toasted.)

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 panini
  • Per serving: 189 calories; 6 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 96 mcg folate; 17 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 3,220 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 183 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 471 mg sodium; 391 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (64% daily value), Folate (24% dv), Vitamin C (22% dv)
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  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1½ vegetable, ½ medium-fat protein

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