Reubens are a classic sandwich available in many sandwich shops. However, their high fat content (many versions contain up to 40 grams of fat) inspired us to find an alternative that we would enjoy just as much. For complete details and a shopping list, view the Seitan Reuben Sandwich recipe.
We replaced the meat with seitan. Seitan has 27 grams of protein per 3 oz serving, compared with 15 grams for corned beef. Seitan is also cholesterol-free. We also omitted cheese, to see if we missed it. I’m happy to report that we enjoyed the sandwich just as much! You may certainly add cheese: just choose a low-fat cheese, or go with your favorite and understand you are adding more cholesterol, fat and sodium to the sandwich. The key to this sandwich is the sauerkraut … make sure to add enough! We heaped on 3 tablespoons. This keeps the sandwich moist and flavorful. Purchase Russian dressing for the sandwich, OR if you want to make it vegan, whip up some of your own vegan Russian dressing.