Turkey Bacon Panini with Roasted Peppers and The Laughing Cow

http://greenlitebites.com/2011/02/15/turkey-bacon-panini-with-roasted-peppers-and-laughing-cow/
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I made this on Saturday and honestly… SHOCKED at how good it came out! I bought an avocado without a clue as to how I was going to eat it, again. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the avocado. I don’t even like guacamole! I just started incorporating a bit of avocado here and there as accents in my diet for the health benefits. I must admit, I’m growing to love the creaminess it adds to dishes.

With this sandwich there was just something about the spice kick from the chipotle creamy cheese with the bacon, turkey and avocado. The sweet roasted pepper was just the icing on top! Or should I say in the middle?

I’m sure you’ve noticed but I’ve been quite obsessed with jarred roasted red peppers. Like avocado, these are a fairly new addition to my diet as well. I bought my first jar of them just a few months ago and now I can’t get enough! I don’t know why I was so timid to try them before.

Turkey Bacon Panini with Roasted Peppers and Laughing Cow As always I used my George Foreman as a panini press using pretty much the same technique I demonstrated here on video. It worked beautifully!

  • 2 slices of your favorite whole grain bread. (I used Trader Joe’s light as it was all I had)
  • 1 wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle
  • 1 tbsp bacon bits (7g)
  • 2 jarred roasted piquillo peppers
  • 2 slices of deli turkey (just under 2oz)
  • About 1/2 oz sliced avocado or mashed (mine wasn’t very soft)

Smear the cheese on one slice of bread. Sprinkle with the bacon bits. Top with the peppers, turkey and then avocado. If your avocado is softer you can mash and smear on the other slice of bread.

Press in a preheated panini or George Foreman grill. If using the Foreman, cook for 2-3 minutes then rotate and cook an additional 2 minutes. Here’s a bit of before and after.

Turkey Bacon Panini with Roasted Peppers and Laughing Cow - before

Turkey Bacon Panini with Roasted Peppers and Laughing Cow - after

The result was tasty and pretty! My favorite combination. I paired with some raw carrots and sugar snap peas on the side. Delish!

Turkey Bacon Panini with Roasted Peppers and Laughing Cow - done!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
320 9g 6g old: 6 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 2g 36g 19g

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  1. Shrinkella

    Yummy! I think anytime you turn a plain sandwich into a panini, it gets a million times better. This is making me hungry! I’m not a big fan of avacado either, but I might give it another chance now. :)

  2. Kim

    Are you doing anything to the outside of the bread? Or is that just the cooking spray? I have a spritzer that I can fill with my own oil… I am just wondering how you got it that toasty? :O)

  3. roni

    Nope. Nothing. Bread crisps up all on its own even without the spray. You just need a hot grill!

    I always thought the need for butter to crisp grilled cheese bread was a bit bogus. Toasters do just fine with no fat. :)

  4. Sheriese

    This looks so good! My hubby and I have used the Laughing cow and/or avocado in our panini sandwiches, but I never thought of throwing in some bacon bits! I’m going to put this panini on my “to-do” list for his week.

  5. Sam

    Looks SO good. I’m going to try it tomorrow. =) However, did you know that those pre-ready carrots are soaked in chlorine? Just thought you might like to know! Thanks for the dish!!

  6. Natalia

    Wow that looks great and what a good idea to use the forman grill as a panini press! I’m off to watch your demo video and maybe you explain there, but why do you have to turn the sandwich over..? or around?

  7. roni

    You have to turn it around because the back gets cooked before the front since it’s not hinged like a traditional panini press. You’ll see it in the video. :)

  8. Caitlin

    Not really specific to the panini (which I’m now considering for dinner, it looks so good) but I just wanted to chime in and say hello. I’m relatively new to the site and very new to conscious eating. I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work to share such amazing tools with us all!

    As someone who, at 28, is just now realizing that she may want to even start thinking about learning how to eat a balanced meal, this site has been invaluable! I just started WW, and the fact that I can come here for recipes w/o chemicals, that are truly delicious AND have the points tabulated for me? It’s a life-saver.

    Thanks again, Roni!

  9. Jackie Lynch

    Love turkey, I think lunch is one of the harder meals to make and keep the calories and fats low. But you did it with this one. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a great lunch.

  10. NYCPatty

    OMG! This is delicious! I just made it on a whole wheat bagelthin, minus the bacon bits (b/c I forgot to buy some) and it was amazing. I have no idea why I have not had jarred roasted peppers either! They are so yummy. I used the garlic & herb laughing cow cheese. I think this is a great sandwich! Thanks Roni :)

  11. heather

    I love avocado but I tend to want to eat the whole thing whenever I slice into one because they turn brown so quickly. Any tips on how to keep it from turning brown so I dont eat a full avocado in one sitting?

  12. roni

    This isn’t full proof but I put it in a ziplock bag and suck out as much of the air as possible. It helps.. a lot! You can also wrap it tight in foil. The point is to stop the oxygen from turning it brown.

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