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Brie, Kale & Peach Panini with Basil Infused Olive Oil


One of the best highlights of summer for me is fresh peaches! Living in Colorado just about this time of year the Palisade peaches are ripe. Nothing is better than a fresh juicy peach. This panini features this summer jewel along with brie, kale and a basil infused olive oil. This is a simple, fast and healthy meal that makes for a great grab-and-go lunch. The sweetness of the peaches goes great with the slightly bitter kale and creamy brie.

Panini’s make for a great stress free meal when you do not feel like spending that much time in the kitchen. Using fresh fruits and veggies make this sandwich a healthy option. No processed meats or cheeses here! Brie is a soft cheese that melts well and gives this sandwich the creaminess and mouthfeel of a good grilled cheese sandwich.

For those with kidney disease brie is a safer option for cheese as it is lower in protein and phosphorous than most other processed and natural cheeses.

To make the infused basil oil simply add 1 tablespoon of chopped basil to 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir together and you are all set! Using fresh herbs helps to add flavor to your dish without all the added salt of many condiments often used in sandwiches.

To assemble the sandwiches simply spread on the basil oil and top with the sliced cheese, peaches and kale. Make sure to spray the outside of the bread with a cooking spray to help with browning.

For those on potassium restricted diets due to elevated serum potassium levels kale is one green that is on the safe list. A one cup serving of cooked kale contains only 170 mg of potassium compared to a one cup cooked serving of spinach which contains 839 mg of potassium!

The Flavis line of breads, which was used in this recipe are made for those with chronic kidney disease. They are a protein free bread and are very low in sodium, potassium and phosphorous. The hearty white bread has a nice texture and makes for a perfect sandwich.

Did you know that a big chuck of daily sodium intake often comes from breads and baked goods? The Flavis line of breads are low in sodium making for a good option for those having to watch their salt intake. A typical slice of plain white bread contains around 150 mg of sodium and 2.5 g of protein. For a sandwich this amount is often doubled amounting to 300 mg of sodium and 5 grams of protein just for the bread! To learn more about Flavis products you can find them here.

This Panini I served as an appetizer at my last dinner party and they were gone almost instantly. You can cut them in small triangles for an appetizer platter or you can use them for a main meal item.

For those with chronic kidney disease you can have two of these Paninis for your main meal dish. Two sandwiches supply: 494 calories, 10 grams of protein, 381 mg of sodium, 323 mg of potassium, 102 mg of phosphorous and a whopping 11.4 grams of dietary fiber.

Brie, Kale & Peach Panini with Basil Infused Olive Oil

Author: Brittany Sparks

Makes: 4 Sandwiches

*Kidney Friendly Recipe

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices Bread *Used Flavis Hearty White Bread in this recipe

  • ½ Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped (~1 tbsp Chopped)

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • Pinch of Salt ~ ¼ Tsp

  • ¼ Tsp Pepper

  • 3 oz Brie, Sliced

  • ½ Cup Shredded Kale

  • 1 Medium Peach, Sliced

Directions

  1. Make the basil infused olive oil by placing the olive oil, chopped basil, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Stir to combine.

  2. Assemble the sandwiches by spreading on the basil olive oil, and add the sliced peaches, brie and chopped kale. Spray the outside of the bread with cooking spray.

  3. Heat a Panini press to sear/high heat and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. If using a stovetop heat a pan to medium high heat and cook the sandwich for about 3 minutes per side or until the bread is golden brown and toasty. Serve warm and enjoy!

**For those with Kidney Disease -For a main meal you can have 2 sandwiches and still be within goal range for protein, potassium and phosphorous.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size (1 Sandwich):

Calories 247, Total Fat 14.3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 5.1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g, Sodium 191 mg, Total Carbohydrate 25 g, Dietary Fiber 5.7 g, Protein 5 g, Potassium 161 mg, Phosphorous 51 mg.

This post is sponsored by Flavis. Their products are tasty and great for those with chronic kidney disease as they are low in protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorous! All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Nutrition by Brittany possible!


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