Jan 6, 2011

Cuban Sandwich Quesadilla



The flavors you love about a Cuban sandwich... made skinnier! Perfect for lunch.

There was no way I was making Pernil without making Cuban sandwiches. For those of you who never heard of a Cuban sandwich, you might think this is a strange combo. A classic Cuban sandwich is made with roast pork (pernil), ham, Swiss, pickles, and mustard, butter and garlic on Cuban bread, heated and melted on a panini press. It's probably a day's worth of points. My reduced fat version has all the flavors of a Cuban without the added fat.

If you are not a pork eater, you might enjoy my Turkey Cuban sandwich.



Cuban Sandwich Quesadilla
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 Old Points: 4 pt Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 185.8 • Fat: 8.7 g Protein: 23.2 g Carb: 12.4 g Fiber: 7.2 g
 


  • 1 oz skinny slow cooked pernil
  • 1 slice reduced fat swiss (I used Sargento)
  • 1 oz ham (I uses Hillshire Farm 97% fat free)
  • 1 slice kosher pickle
  • mustard
  • 6 inch low carb whole wheat tortilla (La Tortilla Factory)


    Heat a non-stick pan over low heat. Spray with cooking spray and place tortilla on pan. On half of the tortilla, place a piece of cheese, pork, ham, pickle and mustard. When cheese is melted, fold the quesadilla in half and flip to heat other side. Remove from heat and cut into 3 pieces.

    47 comments :

    1. this looks delish! a cuban is one of my favorites and we make them all sorts of ways. this is definitely a fun take. can't wait to try!

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    2. I love this spin on the cuban!

      -Chic Done Cheap

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    3. oh yummy! LOVE cuban sandwiches...its the pickle that makes it for me! :)

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    4. That looks amazing! i have to try this!

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    5. Yum! This is a great idea. I love Cuban sandwiches but never think to make a healthy version at home.

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    6. Oh my goodness! Gina, this has my name all over it! :)

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    7. yumm!! that looks so tasty! great twist on a cuban sandwich.

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    8. Brilliant! I love Cuban sandwiches and these quesadillas will make me feel less guilty, hehe.

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    9. I thought it was pretty brilliant myself : )

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    10. what a great way to still get your cubans in! this looks delicious!

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    11. This is a thing of beauty!

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    12. I make one of your recipes at least once a week and I love them all! My husband cannot believe they are "Weight Watchers Friendly." The pernil and cuban sandwich are next on the list!

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    13. Nice! this looks great.

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    14. That looks delish!! I love a good cuban sandwich...I do a reuben like this too!

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    15. I have steered away from Cuban's as I've never been able to justify all the fatty ingredients. This recipe looks like a great way to introduce myself to them! Love your recipes and I must sound like a broken record at our ww meetings as I mention your site all the time. Your recipes give me the variety I need to stick with the program. As a lifetime member I've learned I need to cook and try new things in order to not resort back to my pre ww habits! Thank you for the many great recipes!

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    16. Thank you all!!

      Yes, break out of your norm and try new things!! Life is too short not to :)

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    17. Wow, I love Cuban sandwiches. Can't wait to try this.

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    18. I make these ALL the time, (being Puerto Rican but growing up in a Cuban community) this is a staple in my house. If you want the true Latin taste, you might try this: I lightly spread light butter or butter spray and then sprinkle both sides with artificial sweetner (I use Sweet n Low. You wont be sorry! :)

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    19. Gina, this looks great.
      Do you use regular mustard or dijon? Or does it matter?

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    20. I'm a sucker for cuban sandwiches so I personally think these are genius. Both of these recipes are going on my to make list. Thanks Gina.

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    21. Can I find the cooking instructions for your version of pernil? Mine is probably still too fatty.

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    22. Oops! Nevermind - I found it :) Will have in it the crockpot on Sunday. Whopeee

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    23. Oh my goodness! Yumm! I am your newest on your follow list (#4056)
      Can't wait to try your recipes...they all look amazing!

      Blessings & Aloha!

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    24. Looks amazing! Definitely going to be making this asap!

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    25. I made these tonight for dinner and they were a HIT! And since I didn't read the directions completely before I made them, I didn't have the pernil...so I used some seasoned roast beef slices and they were delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    26. I cooked up a large pork tenderloin using your pernil recipe and it was delicious! And we've already had these cuban quesadillas twice with the leftovers. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    27. Gina....
      There are no words to describe how delicious these are. I am eating them right this second and was so compelled to comment. I didnt have time to make the pernil but I used boar's head spanish style pork (from the deli counter) and it is AMAZING. as a 1/2 cuban girl from miami, i cannot believe how close the taste is to a real cuban sandwich. Thank you, thank you, thank you! -Angela

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    28. I made the pernil last night and these for lunch today. SOOOOOOOO good!!!!!! Even my picky daughters and husband were fans. Great job!!

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    29. I made these today and they are really good! Thank you for the recipe! I did have to modify it to my taste & what I had in the house. I don't like swiss so I used low fat pepperjack cheese and I'm out of ham so I used a slice of turkey. Still came out excellent!

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    30. This is soooo good! Forgot to get the ham, so I will add it next time. It was so good! I made room in my daily points for two!!

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    31. So I blew the dust off my slow cooker and decided to try this recipe out. I couldn't believe how tender the pork was! Adding a little bit of ham with mustard and pickle made this dish. I was also surprised that it didn't need mayo!

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    32. Once I made the pernil recipe, I knew I had to try this and am so very glad I did. I couldn't find 6 in tortillas. The supermarket near me actually had La Tortilla Factory tortillas & wraps on sale but they were the large size so the points+ value was different but it still wasn't bad.

      This was so yummy. There's something about the combination that made it especially tasty. :)

      I'm so glad I had a recipe that made use of the pernil. This is the BEST recipe for leftovers ever!

      I'm sure it would be just as good with left of turkey in place of the pork. Next Thanksgiving, I know what I'm doing with those turkey leftovers. :)

      Thanks for sharing your recipes. Big kudos!

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    33. We had the skinny puerto rican pulled pork earlier this week and these cubans last night. Everything was DELICIOUS! Even my super-picky husband ate it up. :) Thanks for the awesome recipes. I can't wait to try more from your site!

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    34. I made this today for my 11 yr old son and he and I LOVED them. I don't eat pork and I'm not crazy about Turkey so I did a pot roast in the slow cooker last night and used some of it in the sandwich - DELISH!! Thanks abunch!

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    35. PS: I subbed turkey "ham" for the ham and used the shredded roast beef from my pot roast. Used everything just as you directed. I also doctored up a version of your low fat banana bread (I added shredded coconut and cut the sugar in half by using 1/2 c agave nectar and 1/2 c apple sauce. I Love your blog it's a God Send. I just joined WW and your site is making it easy for me to stick to my point limits each day. It also helps that my son loves everything I've made so far - - (baked potato soup yesterday). I'm trying the empanadas tomorrow. I made the picadillo tonight. Thanks again!

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    36. I'm glad I can help!! We love picadillo in my house!

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    37. Pulled pork is in the crock pot as we speak! This will be lunch tomorrow! YUM! Thanks!

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    38. Im at a loss for words...I found this website accidentally the other day by snooping around on Pinterest and WOW!! I was so excited to not only find a website that had easy to follow, delicious sounding recipes; but also had weight watchers points already counted. Thank you doesn't seem like a big enough word for how easy you have made my life this week, lol. We have already made your homemade french fries, skinny crockpot pernil, cuban beans and rice, collard greens, and I am eating a cuban quesidilla as I type. LOVE LOVE LOVE...thank you for taking the time to make our lives a little easier and more delicious! Can't wait to try more :)

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    39. After dinner last night, my boyfriend, who is not on WW, said, "Are you going to go on Skinnytaste and leave a comment about how delicious these quesadillas are?"

      Thank you for creating healthy and flavorful meals that appeal to those of counting points as well as those who aren't!

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    40. Gina, this sandwich is perfect. Thanks for making so many delicious recipes for the rest of us to enjoy. My husband isn't counting points, but he is benefiting from all of these great meals & is shedding weight too.

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    41. I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and just kept thinking about it so I figured that meant I should try it. I wasn't disappointed one bit. These are so delicious!! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

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    42. I just tried this recipe over the weekend and it was a HUGE hit at our house. Delicious! Thank you Gina ;)

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    43. just found your sight, I am polish and of course we love pickles with every thing so this is just great for me. Thank you so much for letting people know about the Pickle

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