Do you do the St. Patrick’s Day thing? You know green beer and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts?
Well, it’s been many moons since I participated in the drunken mid-day debauchery, but I still love a Saint Patty’s Day parade and a creamy ruben. In the spirit of pretending I am Irish on this day, I cam up with a Skinny Turkey Ruben that even my husband loved despite his preference for loads of corned beef. Give it a try–and if you can, enjoy a Harp after the kids are snuggled in their beds. Did I mention my husband will be in Europe on St. Patty’s? Not really fair, huh?! So perhaps if I am honest with myself my kids and I will most likely eat rubens and drink green milk!

Here’s What You Need: (For 1)
2 pcs of whole grain rye
1 wedge of Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss
Sauerkraut
2 tsps thousand island dressing
2 pcs of deli turkey
Handful of baby spinach (optional)
Best Life Spread (Or other healthy butter alternative)

Here’s What You Do:
Preheat your panini maker if you have one.* Spread the Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss on one side of both pieces of bread. Drain the sauerkraut on a paper towel. I left off an exact amount because some people love sauerkraut and others do not. I will encourage you not to be skimpy with it, as it gives the ruben its dinstinctive flavor. Spread the Thousand Island on one side and then pile on the sauerkraut and the turkey. In typical SM fashion, I also added a handful of baby spinach.  Spread the Best Life Spread on one outside piece of bread. Put in the panini maker for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
*If you don’t have a panini maker, don’t worry. You can make this like a grilled cheese. Simply spray a pan heated to medium hot with non-stick spray and cook it about 3 minutes per side. You can still give it the “grill” marks by using a grill pan and putting a heavy pan on top to press it down.

Kid Tip:
If you leave off the sauerkraut I am pretty sure this will pass the Kid’s Test!

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Disclosure: The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this recipe.