Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

A Cuban-esque Sandwich

7 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 5 Comments

So sorry for my short hiatus. It’s crazy times in these parts. The baby and the conference have been keeping me busy but the Easter holiday pushed me over the edge. I had a house full of grandparents and babies to feed. :)

The main course for Easter dinner was a marinated pork loin of which I have plenty of leftovers. Yesterday we ate some for dinner and today I turned a few slices into this amazing sandwich. I’m serious, it really was amazing. Let me say it again…. AMAZING! :)

I was inspired by the Cuban but used what I had on hand. A Cuban-esque SandwichYou can easily make something similar with any leftover meats–chicken, turkey, roast beef–but pork is more traditional. I also didn’t have swiss. I never buy swiss cheese so I used a slice of muenster that melted perfectly. For the bread I went with a pita.

Here’s how I put it together…

  • 1 small whole wheat pita
  • yellow mustard
  • 1 oz of thin sliced deli ham
  • 2 oz leftover pork loin sliced
  • 1 oz slice of muenster cheese
  • About 6 sweet pickle slices (enough to cover the sandwich)

Separate the pita into two circles by running a knife along the edge. I use these little gems from Trader Joe’s.

cuban-esque Sandwich - pita

Smear the mustard on one side. Layer the ham, pork and cheese on top. Add the layer of pickles.

cuban-esque Sandwich - before

I fell in love with these a few years ago.

cuban-esque Sandwich - pickles

Seriously good.

Top with the other half of pita and grill on a panini press or the George Foreman like I did.

cuban-esque Sandwich - on grill

If you are using the Forman, cook for 2 minutes and then turn cooking for 2 more.

cuban-esque Sandwich - after

Enjoy with a side of carrot sticks–my favorite sandwich companion. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
285 12g 2g old: 6 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 7g 16g 27g

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    April 26, 2011

    I haven't seen those at my Trader Joe's (the pitas), but they look good! Mind sharing the nutritional info? Thanks, mama!


    April 26, 2011

    Haha, if I wasn't so blind I would have been able to see them on the photo pf the package you posted! Nevermind! :)


    April 26, 2011

    Can you make it out? They are a steal in my opinion, only 80 cals!


    April 26, 2011

    Yes, thank you! I calculated 2 PP for each pita. I would love to see how they compare to the Sara Lee/Mr. Pita brand I just found for the same NI. I love getting a huge pita for 2 PP (even though I know you aren't calculating the new plan).

    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    April 28, 2011

    That sounds great and I always need new panini ideas. Just need the Mr to get on board with the pickles. :)