Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Jun 14, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

Plato coined the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” I have to say that phrase applies to my life these days.

When I researched this famous saying, Phrase Finder, it said this quote could be traced to Plato’s Republic, Book II.

Socrates and Adeimantus were discussing the origin of the State, and that the true creator of a State is necessity – thus “. . . necessity who is the mother of our invention.”

In my case, the term has a much simpler meaning. For me, it’s necessary to create a meal without a kitchen while I’m in the process of a home remodel. Therefore, I have to be inventive.

I have plywood counters, a microwave, and a box in the garage that contains a waffle maker. I have a Panini grill, but who knows where that currently resides.

A few simple ingredients do indeed make a healthy sandwich, so I scrounged a loaf of sprouted-wheat bread, low fat Laughing Cow cheese spread, dried cranberries, roasted turkey breast, low fat Swiss cheese and spinach from the refrigerator in the garage.

The waffle maker made a useful substitute for a Panini grill, and the diamond shaped creases in the bread are truly artistic. The only adjustment was a large can on top of the grill to give it some weight.

My sandwiches turned out crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside with melted cheese, tender turkey and sweet cranberries.

I’m confident to say that “necessity is the mother of invention” fit the outcome of my Sunday meal perfectly.

Turkey, Cranberry and Sprouted Wheat Bread Panini
4 slices sprouted wheat bread
2 ea Low Fat Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese wedges
¼ cup dried cranberries
2 low fat Swiss cheese slices
4 ounces deli roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced
1 cup baby spinach

Servings: Makes 2 main dish servings.

Directions:

1. Preheat the Panini grill, or skillet to medium heat. In my case, the waffle iron.

2. Spread 1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese over one piece of sprouted wheat bread and sprinkle with half of the dried cranberries.

3. Top another slice of bread with one slice Swiss cheese, 2 ounces turkey breast and spinach.

4. Put both slices of bread together and grill in the Panini, or in a skillet weighted down with a large can to press the sandwich down, for 2 – 3 minutes per side until the cheese is melted.

5. Repeat the same process for the second sandwich.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Turkey tops the nutrition charts when it comes to tryptophan and protein. It also contains half the saturated fat found in beef, making it a good source of protein. It also contains cancer-protecting selenium.

Spinach is another powerhouse of nutrition. Spinach contains iron for energy, and vitamins C and A, folic acid and B6 to help your heart. Spinach has 13 different flavonoid compounds that function as antioxidants, and as anti-cancer agents.

Amount per serving: Calories: 492, Total Fat: 9.48g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 3152mg, Total Carbs: 45.96g, Dietary Fiber: 2.99g, Sugars: 15.83g, Protein: 53.71g, Weight Watchers Points 10

Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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