Grilled Veggie Sandwich

September 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

Today, when I came home from a long walk in the forest, I was starving and quickly threw together a gourmet sandwich. As fall approaches and the weather cools, I find myself craving warm and grounding foods so I I decided to grill my sandwich. I don’t have enough counter space for a panini grill, so instead I use a non-stick saucepan to do the trick. Grilling sandwiches creates a greater contrast in textures, such as between the crunchiness of the pickles and gooeyness of the melted cheese. It also enhances the flavours of the ingredients like the pesto mayo which makes a delicious and satisfying sandwich.

Cooking time 10 minutes
Serves one

pesto mayo
sliced tomatoes
slices pickles
vegan or regular butter

1. Smear the pesto mayo on both pieces of bread. Place the cheese on the bread next which will help the cheese to melt. Add the tomatoes and pickles and close the sandwich.

2. Heat a non-stick saucepan on medium heat and add 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp butter. Once the butter starts to sizzle, place the sandwich cheese side down in the middle of the pan.

3. Cook the sandwich until the cheese starts to melt and be careful that you do not burn the bread. Sometimes I cover the saucepan on medium to low heat for a minute to help the cheese melt.

4. Flip the sandwich, add more butter and cook for another minute or so. Cut the sandwich in half and enjoy.


Balsamic Beet Salad

September 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

This beet salad is a go to in my house when I am craving something fresh, healthy, flavourful and filling. It is great on it’s own or accompanied with other fresh vegetables.

Prep time 10 minutes
Serves 1

2 beets boiled and cut into pieces
1 tsp (5 ml) – 1 tbsp (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 ml) sea salt
sprinkle freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped cilantro
1 tbsp (15 ml) goat’s cheese (optional)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy.

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