Avocado Pesto Panini

Recipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners
avocado pesto

Hearty paninis are a quick-and-easy meal that you can load up with healthy ingredients to create a diet-friendly go-to, and this Avocado Pesto Panini is no exception. Packed with protein and fiber, whip up this delicious panini in a panini maker, on the stovetop or even on the grill for a filling lunch or dinner the whole family will love.

With six simple ingredients and in two simple steps, you’ll biting in a cheesy, pesto-filled sandwich that’s packed with flavor and nutritional value. To make this Avocado Pesto Panini, simply spread one slice of bread with mashed avocado and the other with pesto. Top one slice of the bread with provolone cheese, a handful of spinach and sundried tomatoes. Place the assembled sandwich on a panini maker, the stovetop or grill. If using the panini maker, simply press the lid down and allow to cook until crispy. If using the stovetop, grease a heated skillet with nonstick spray, lay the assembled sandwich on the skillet and top with another pan to press down the panini. Cook for a few minutes, flip and cook the other side for a few minutes or until crispy. Lastly, if you’re firing up the grill, simply spray both sides of the sandwich with nonstick spray, place on the preheated grill and cook each side for a few minutes.

On your Nutrisystem meal plan, each serving of this Avocado Pesto Panini counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra. Be sure to log each serving in the NuMi app to stay on track with your weight loss goals. Not familiar with our easy-to-use food tracker app? Check out NuMi 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Our Free Tracking App >

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Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 258

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices ciabatta bread or 1 ciabatta roll
  • 2 slices low fat provolone cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado, mashed
  • 2 tsp. pesto
  • Handful of spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. sundried tomatoes

Directions:

  1. On one slice of the bread, spread mashed avocado. Spread pesto on the other slice of bread. Top one slice with cheese spinach and sundried tomato. Finally, top with other slice of bread.
  2. Place assembled sandwich in a preheated panini press. Press lid down and allow to cook for a few minutes until crispy.
  3. On one slice of the bread, spread mashed avocado. Spread pesto on the other slice of bread. Top one slice with cheese spinach and sundried tomato. Finally, top with other slice of bread.
  4. Grease a heated skillet with nonstick spray and place assembled sandwich in the center. Lay another pan, plate, or lid on top of the sandwich. Weigh down with heavy objects or just push down on the surface of the sandwich. Cook for a couple minutes until crispy and flip and cook for a couple minutes.
  5. On one slice of the bread, spread mashed avocado. Spread pesto on the other slice of bread. Top one slice with cheese spinach and sundried tomato. Finally, top with other slice of bread.
  6. Spray both sides of sandwich with nonstick spray. Place sandwich on preheated grill and cook on each side for a few minutes, until crispy.