I love summer time foods and summertime flavors. Yes, I know it’s spring in most parts of the country, but basically, once it’s over 80 degrees regularly in the South it’s summertime to me! Anyway, I LOOOVE a good sandwich. In fact, most nights I would be perfectly happy eating a sandwich for dinner. My sister-in-law and I have been experimenting with some different sandwiches on the weekend. This take a little more work than just slapping some mustard or mayo on bread!
To be completely honest, we were going for a healthy sandwich. When I came home and put in the nutritional values, I was a little shocked at the difficulty in making something taste great and end up healthy. The sodium content in this originally was through the roof! It’s still higher than I would like, but it is significantly better than eating fast food. Since I cut out fast food for lunch with the Packed Lunch Challenge, I have decided it would be nice to make a few alternatives for when I am craving those big time unhealthy foods.
My sister-in-law found several Cuban Sandwich recipes, and we tweaked the recipe a bit to make it healthier for you. It is DELICIOUS.
4 oz- Center Cut Boneless Pork Chops
4 oz- Smoked Deli Ham
1 slice- Provolone Cheese
1 Tsp- Spicy Mustard
4- Dill Pickle Chips
4- Banana Chip Slices
1 Teaspoon or several “spritz” of Olive Oil
Any spices you wish to add to a marinade. We used a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Marinade pork for at least 30 minutes. Cook on a George Foreman grill, or in a pan on the stove top. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes after cooking and slice into thin strips.
Lay Naan Bread out flat with the bubbly side down. Spread with Spicy Mustard.
Slice 1 piece of Provolone Cheese in half. Place each half on the same side of Naan bread so the cheese makes a half circle.
Layer pork and ham on top of the cheese.
Add Peppers and Pickles to the top.
Fold the Naan Bread in half and press down forming a taco type of shape. Spritz the outside of the Naan Bread with olive oil.
Place the whole sandwich back onto the grill or into a skillet and let the bread brown a bit more.
Remove the sandwich from the grill and cut it in half. Enjoy!
This Cuban sandwich is incredibly tasty. However, the fat is a little on the high side, and the sodium IS high. I adapted the recipe to reduce the sodium. However, as an alternative to eating out, this is a nice treat, and at the least you know what’s in it!
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 26 g||40 %|
|Saturated Fat 9 g||45 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 48 mg||16 %|
|Sodium 791 mg||33 %|
|Potassium 19 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 28 g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4 g||16 %|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 30 g||60 %|
|Vitamin A||2 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|