Jillian’s Biggest Loser Reuben Sandwich

The typical Reuben Sandwich is a hearty two-hand two-napkin affair, served hot with corned beef, Swiss cheese, usually dripping with Russian or Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. These ingredients are grilled between slices of rye bread.    A spinoff exists — the Rachel sandwich, which is a variation using pastrami instead of corned beef and coleslaw instead of sauerkraut.

Rival restaurateurs have long claimed creation of this deli special and to our knowledge there has never been definitive proof as to who we should thank for the interesting flavor profile, or, if you think about fat and calories, who we should blame.

We do have Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser Resort fame to thank for crafting this lower-calorie but protein rich and flavorful version of this popular sandwich.  Add it to your Game Day sandwich rotation so you can enjoy a hearty sandwich but stay out of the penalty box.


Biggest Loser Reuben Sandwich
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Recipes: Sandwich
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
  • 2 ounces lean corned beef (2 slices)
  • 2 slices whole-grain rye bread
  • 1 ounce low-fat Swiss cheese (1 slice)
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat Thousand Island dressing
  • sauerkraut to taste
  • chopped cabbage slaw to taste
  1. Coat a skillet with butter spray.
  2. Make a sandwich with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Grill sandwich on both sides until cheese melts.
Optional: Open grilled sandwich and add chopped cabbage slaw dressed with low-fat yogurt, for added crunch and coolness.
By the Numbers
Serving size: 1 | Cal: 500 | Fat (g): 15g | Carbs (g): 40g | Sodium (mg): 322mg | Fiber (g): 3.8g | Protein (g): 22g

NBC’s Biggest Loser program is conducted at Biggest Loser Resorts


January 28, 2015 | | Tags:

One thought on “Jillian’s Biggest Loser Reuben Sandwich

  1. Olivia says:

    This was very very good, but it didn’t accomplish my goal of getting my husband to perhaps have a more healthy version and more normal portion of his favorite sandwich. I made this for our lunch, and no sooner than we finished did he ask me for another one. I didn’t make it — but then he did hiimself. So much for portion control. But it worked for me, at least. I need something really intensely flavored and satisfying to feel like I’m not deprived. Thanks.

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