Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla

Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla

Please allow me to introduce you to my new favorite sandwich – the Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla. Truth be told, I have a thing with quesadillas – specifically, I make everything into quesadillas. Why? For starters, it’s a really tasty way to use up lots of miscellaneous bits of leftovers. You put in a little of this, a little of that, add some cheese, and dinner is done. Just about anything tastes good when it is wrapped up in a crispy tortilla and covered in melty cheese, am I right?  Yes, of course I am, because a  quesadilla maximizes the ratio of toasty shell to warm melty interior, and that’s just where it’s at friends.

Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla

The turkey Reuben, better known in some circles as a Rachel, can take on many variations. I’m trying to keep things lean so I stuck with deli turkey, sauerkraut, swiss, and I threw some sliced apple in there because I’m just a bit crazy like that. Every time I make pork and sauerkraut (which in the winter, is a lot!), I add apples to the sauerkraut while it cooks. I started doing that because I find that the natural sweetness of the apples helps to mellow the sauerkraut instead of adding lots of extra sugar.  The apple serves a similar purpose in this quesadilla, bringing a little sweetness that works well with the turkey and counterbalances the sauerkraut.

Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla

You could of course, make this with bread like a traditional sandwich, but I found these pumpernickel sandwich wraps in the deli section of my local grocery store, and at only 80 calories per wrap, it was a bit of a no brainer.  Each quesadilla comes in under 275 calories and gives you 12 grams of fiber and 23 grams of protein.  It also has a hefty dose of sodium, so be mindful of what you eat the rest of the day so you don’t overdo it.  

Nutrition Information:
For 1 quesadilla

Fat: 6.2g     Calories: 264    Sodium: 960.6mg    Carbohydrates: 33.1g    
Fiber: 12.2g   Sugar: 12.6g    Protein: 23.6g

 

Turkey Apple Reuben Quesadilla
Serves 1
Lean turkey, sauerkraut, swiss, and some apple, all wrapped up in a toasty pumpernickel tortilla.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tumaro's pumpernickel wrap
  2. 1/4 cup sauerkraut
  3. 1 slice swiss cheese
  4. 2 oz. low sodium deli turkey
  5. 1/2 apple, cut into thick slices
Instructions
  1. 1. Drain sauerkraut well in a mesh sieve, pressing sauerkraut with a spoon to drain out any excess liquid.
  2. 2. Layer turkey, cheese, sauerkraut, and apple on half of the pumpernickel wrap.
  3. 3. Fold top half of wrap over, covering the filling.
  4. 4. Cook quesadilla in a large nonstick skillet, lightly sprayed with olive oil or cooking spray, approximately 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  5. 5. Remove from pan and let sit for a few minutes before eating.
Notes
  1. Use a firm, sweet apple, such as a honeycrisp or gala.
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  1. Jessica

    Oh, stop it. Just stop it! Reubens? Turkey? Quesadillas?? 3 of my favorite things – and pumpernickel tortillas even! Why, oh why, didn’t I read this *before* I ate dinner?! You’re wonderful. <3

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