Making that Reuben a little bit better for you!

By Sara Reinhart Brown on March 5, 2013 12:01:00 am

Thinkstock153533425_SSBLOG_FOOD_reubenWith St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, ’tis the season for corned beef! And when I think of corned beef, I immediately think of my favorite sandwich in the whole world, the Reuben. For you non-Reuben lovers out there, it's made with rye bread, thousand island or Russian dressing, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef. It is buttered on both sides and fried in a pan, and it is heavenly. 

Its origins vary. According to Wikipedia, the sandwich may have been created by a man named Reuben Kulakofsky who lived in Omaha, Neb. It is rumored that the sandwich was placed on the Blackstone Hotel’s lunch menu, and rose to national acclaim after a former employee won a contest with the recipe.

Another possibility traces the sandwich to New York City, where Arnold Reuben owned and operated the once-famous Reuben’s Delicatessen in 1914 or so. 

Wherever it may have come from, the Reuben sandwich has stood the test of time, and is a longtime staple of many a diner. It’s also an extremely fast weeknight dinner to throw together, and the cleanup’s a breeze: just one pan.

However, if you are watching calories, it is most decidedly not diet-friendly. But there are a few steps you can take to make it a little more healthy. Try substituting the corned beef with turkey pastrami, and using reduced-fat dressing and reduced-fat Swiss cheese.

I know it sounds like a major compromise, but you can save at least 200 calories by doing so, and you will still have the major components of a Reuben: crunchy, melty, gooey, salty, and sweet. Trust me on this one.

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Sara Reinhart Brown

Sara Reinhart Brown

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