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Monte Cristo Makeover

Makes 1 Sandwich

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes–6 hours

Get It:

  • 1 T Jam or Preserves (no sugar added)
  • 1 t Chia Seeds
  • 2 Slices Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Bread
  • 1 t Light Mayonaise
  • 1 t Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Wedge Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese (or other soft cheese)
  • 2 Slices Turkey
  • 3 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk (or other milk)
  • Powdered sugar for topping (optional)
  • Strawberry slices, for garnish
  • Orange wedges, for garnish

Make It:

  1. In a small dish, combine chia seeds and jam.
  2. Lay out the 2 slices of bread and spread with mayonaise and Greek yogurt on one slice. Spread the cheese or lay the slice of cheese on the other slice. Top with turkey and put sandwich together.
  3. Cut the crusts off the sandwich, and pinch and seal the ends. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours. Compact the sandwich as best as you can without smashing it so that it will stay together when you dip it in the egg mixture and the egg won’t get inside the sandwich.
  4. Heat a skillet on medium, and spray with nonstick spray or oil.
  5. Whisk egg whites and milk in a bowl.
  6. Unwrap the sandwich and using your hands or being careful with tongs, dip it in the egg batter to coat evenly.
  7. Gently place it in the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
  8. Cut in half and serve immediately with chia seed jam and optional powdered sugar and fruit slices.

Know It:

470 calories, 13g fat, 6g cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 47g carbs, 9g fiber, 7g sugar, 46g protein

Notes:

First things first. The picture I took totally does not do this brunch-wich justice.  I don’t know why I couldn’t snap a pretty picture of it, but I can assure you that it is tasty! I first had this sandwich at Cheddar’s restaurant in Augusta, GA. The menu description is “smoked turkey and ham, and two cheeses on fresh bread. Then battered and cooked until golden, served with a side of raspberry preserves.” It was also topped with powdered sugar. I wasn’t sure if it was a breakfast or lunch sandwich because it was basically a lunch sandwich dressed up in french toast clothes. Either way, it was delicious. And rich. A little too rich.

I really wanted this brunch-wich again, but did not feel like consuming literally half of my calories in one sandwich. I adapted the recipe above from the Food Network. I also saved the sandwich crusts for a snack at a later time. But then I ended up eating them while I was cooking :) If you are vegan, you can use Katie’s french toast dipping recipe instead of the milk and eggs. If you are still unsure of how to make it, let me know and I will make a how-to video! Let me know what you think, and enjoy!

Have you ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich? What did you think? Would you categorize it as breakfast or lunch?

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Kasey Shuler

Kasey Shuler

Hey y'all, my name is Kasey and I started this blog in 2012 under the name Well of Health out of an overflowing passion to teach wellness. I am a wife to Mattox and new mom of my own 24-hour personal trainer named Ellie. I have a degree in Health Promotions, am an ACSM certified personal trainer, and an AFAA certified group fitness instructor for classes like spin and Body Pump. I love Jesus, experimenting with healthy recipes, interval training, DQ blizzards, and writing for this blog!

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