When I was pregnant with my kids, there was always one thing I craved with all three pregnancies: the Italian Night Club sandwich from Jimmy John’s. To this day, it is one of my very favorite sandwiches. One quick scroll at the nutrition facts though is enough to make any macro counter cringe (54F/72C/44P, or 934 calories for the sandwich, as is). So I set out to make a more macro-friendly version I could enjoy at home, any time I wanted. With the help of Atoria’s lavash bread (formerly known as California Lavash), my Copy Cat Italian Night Club Wrap totally satisfies the craving!
If you have ever had the Italian Night Club from Jimmy John’s before, you know it is delicious. It is layered full with ham, salami, and capicola. It also boasts a double portion of provolone cheese, a very generous slather of mayonnaise, and extra flavor in the form of oil and vinegar. From this description, I’m sure you can see how it adds up to 54 grams of fat. That is almost my daily goal! HA!
And you can’t talk about a Jimmy John’s sandwich without mentioning their freshly baked bread. I am a huge fan of bread, and I think theirs is perfect for a sub sandwich. The macros for the bread alone are about 0F/46C/11P or 250 calories.
To help make this more macro-friendly, I used the following swaps:
- Atoria’s Lavash Bread: You guys already know about my love for this soft, yummy lavash bread. I’ve used it in so many recipes (see this flatbread or crunchwrap, for example), and I love this family-owned company. Best of all, the macros on this lavash bread are even better than they used to be. For one lavash bread, it will cost you just 0.5F/22C/6P. This seems like quite a steal compared to the french bread macros! If you want to see where you can find this flatbread around you, use this store locator on their website.
- Laughing Cow Cheese. To still give this bread a creamy element with way less fat, I decided to spread with a Laughing Cow Cheese wedge instead of mayo. A wedge of laughing cow cheese has just 1.5 grams of fat, while a tablespoon of mayo has 10 grams. I’d be willing to bet there is more than a tablespoon on an Italian Night Club.
- Thin Sliced Provolone. Thinly sliced cheese is a great way to save some macros. I just used one slice of cheese, but you could use more if you wanted.
- Portion Control with Salami. Instead of loading up on the yummy, but fatty salami and capicola meat like the original, I decided to just stick with salami and ham. I also choose to use more ham to bump up the protein content since it is leaner.
- Fat-Free Italian Dressing. This dressing is a great swap for oil and vinegar. It still lends the Italian flavors that work perfectly with this sandwich, but doesn’t add any fat. I used Kraft Fat-Free Italian, but any fat-free Italian dressing will work well.
The macros for 1 wrap, as prepared below, are rounded to 10F/29C/29P or 338 calories. This is a much more balanced macro-count than the original sandwich but still allows you to enjoy the delicious flavors. As always, you can adjust the ingredients below to fit whatever macros you have to work with. I love that about working with these wraps!
Copy Cat Italian Night Club Wrap
- 1 Atoria's Lavash Wrap
- 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge
- 3 ounces lean deli ham (I used Kirkland, macros may vary for a different brand)
- 2 slices salami ( I used Oscar Meyer, macros may vary for a different brand)
- 1 slice Sargento Thin Sliced Provolone Cheese
- 35 g shredded lettuce
- 30 g thinly sliced tomatoes
- 10 g thinly sliced onions
- 15 g Fat-Free Italian Dressing
- Dried basil, to taste
- Dried oregano, to taste
- Spread a laughing cow cheese wedge evenly over the lavash bread. Then, add on ham, salami, cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes. Make sure to arrange them all over the lavash for easier rolling. See the picture for an example.
- Drizzle Italian dressing on top and shake on dried basil and oregano, to taste.
- Roll up lavash tightly, slice, and enjoy!