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Healthy Panini Recipes

Updated on July 17, 2011

Healthy panini recipe


Black Bean Bagel Sandwiches

Here is a good healthy Panini recipe,made with Black Beans and only (15 Fat Calories)

You can substitute the lettuce,and use spinach which I prefer,because of the added Iron content in it.

I find Spinach lasts longer than Lettuce after the package is opened.

Vegetarian BLT--bean, lettuce and tomato--on a bagel!

Prep Time:10 min Start to Finish:10 min Makes:4 sandwiches

1can (15 oz) Progresso black beans, drained, rinsed

1/3cup Old El Paso, Thick 'n Chunky salsa

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin or chili powder

4bagels, cut horizontally in half

2 plum (Roma) tomatoes,

sliced Lettuce or spinach leaves

1.In food processor or blender, cover and process beans, salsa and cumin until smooth.2.Spread 1/4 cup bean mixture over each of 4 bagel halves. Top with tomato, lettuce and remaining bagel halves.

Nutrition Information

1 Serving: Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 15); Total Fat 1 1/2g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 460mg; Total Carbohydrate 58g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 7g); Protein 14g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 10%; Iron 25% Exchanges: 3 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat Carbohydrate Choices: 4

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Enjoy these meatless sandwiches with tortilla chips and lots of fresh fruit.These sandwiches are great for biking or any outdoor adventure. Wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap, and keep them very cold until serving time.Substitution One large tomato, sliced, can be used instead of the plum tomatoes.

Panini recipe--Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Sandwich



2 slices sourdough bread, 1-inch thick

2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter

2 ounces sliced smoked gouda

2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onions

2 slices tomato

1 ounce shredded fontina cheese


Brush both sides of the slices of bread with olive oil or butter.

Assemble the sandwich layers as follows: prepared bread, smoked gouda, prosciutto, onions, tomato, fontina, and bread.

Place in a panini press (or in a heated grill pan or saute pan pressed with another heavy pan) and cook until crisp and golden. Serve immediately.

Smoked Gouda And Prosciutto Panini Sandwich serves/makes 1


Barbeque Beef Brisket


  • 1 (pound ) brisket, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarse sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) pepper
  • 1 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup(s) dark beer, (such as porter or stout)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon(s) honey
  • 1/2 cup(s) ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 8 kaiser (or other sandwich) rolls


  • 1. Cook the brisket: Season the brisket with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the brisket, brown on all sides, and transfer to a slow cooker.
  • 2. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well. Slow-cook, covered, until the meat is very tender -- 8 hours. Remove the meat, place it on a cutting board, and let it rest for 15 minutes. Reserve the sauce.
  • 3.Carve into thin slices and serve on buns of your choice.

Healthy Choices


Grilled Eggplant and Tomato sandwichs

Preparation time: 30 minutes or less

Servings: 4.

5 A Day servings: 2.5.


1 medium italian eggplant cut into ½ inch slices
1 tablespoon salt
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons finely minced fresh basil
8 (½ inch) slices, crusty bread
4 ripe, medium tomatoes
fresh ground black pepper
½ cup crumbled Feta cheese or favorite cheese

1. Do not peel eggplant. Remove end and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle both sides with salt and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Thoroughly rinse slices to remove all salt and drain on absorbant paper.

2. Combine olive oil, garlic and lightly brush each slice. Grill over MEDIUM HIGH heat on gas grill or broil under broiler. When soft, remove immediately and sprinkle with basil. Meanwhile, slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch thick slices and season with black pepper.

3. Arrange tomatoes and eggplant on 4 slices of bread. Season with pepper and add crumbled Feta cheese, if desired. Top with second slice of bread and serve immediately.



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    • Rusticliving profile image

      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      yummmm, I love Paninis! The first one which is low in calories looks like a winner for me! Will definately try that one out for sure! Thanks for sharing it with us! Lisa

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      Yes I have read your hub on diets,very interesting

    • Helen Cater profile image

      Helen Cater 

      9 years ago from UK

      As you probably know from my hubs, I am on a diet and this has been really good for me to try something healthy, new, and tasty.

    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great one, a pleasure to read your hubs as always.

    • stevemark122000 profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California

      Good Info. I just purchased a Panini Grill a couple of days ago so this will come in handy.

    • donnaleemason profile image


      10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Hmmm black beans, bet folks leave you alone for a while afterwards. Sounds good.



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