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"Legend has it that Reuben Kulakofsky, a Jewish-Lithuanian grocer in Omaha, Nebraska, invented the Reuben sandwich to serve at weekly poker games around 1920. My rendition uses the traditional flavors of pastrami and sauerkraut, but replaces the usual corned beef with turkey breast for a healthier protein choice. Sauerkraut is not only tasty, it's also rich in gut-friendly probiotics, which have been shown to help boost immunity and aid in weight loss. Make your own bread—and in the microwave? Yes, you can do it! This recipe is simple, quick, and, of course, gluten-free." —Rocco

PREP TIME: 5 minutes


  • Cooking spray
  • ⅔ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces deli-sliced pastrami-seasoned turkey breast
  • 4 tablespoons sauerkraut
  • Thousand Island dressing, homemade or store-bought


Serves: 4


Coat a round, microwave-safe container with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, baking powder, salt and eggs with a fork. Transfer the mixture to the sprayed container and microwave until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean, about 90 seconds.

Let sit in the container for a few minutes to set then turn out and slice into 8 pieces. Toast if desired.

Place the turkey breast and sauerkraut on 4 pieces of bread and top with the remaining bread pieces.


148 calories / 4g fat / 15g protein 15g carbohydrates / 3g fiber

Excerpt from Rocco's Healthy + Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life by Rocco DiSpirito. Copyright © 2017 by Rocco DiSpirito. Used with permission by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.