Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yummy Panini's

On my everlasting quest to find yummy meals for an active family, I have stumbled upon yet another yummy creation! Panini’s! But I think the best part is that you don’t need to have a fancy Panini maker… yes, the Famous George Foreman Grill does it all. (Okay, that part really makes me laugh, but it IS true). I had one years ago (pre-kids) and cooked miscellaneous items on it when I didn’t have a barbeque. It’s long since disappeared… most likely ending up as a donation to Goodwill.

A few months back, I had really noticed we were getting far too much take out, but the sad thing is that really wasn’t interesting take out or complicated meals really. So in light of the current economy (and smart budgeting!) we’ve really made the effort to cook more meals at home. Not only are they more nutritious, but they cost less and can save time if planned out properly.

Last week I took the Panini’s we had been ordering for take-out and adapted them for at home cooking (I am shocked at how much this saves) and decided to invest in a $70 Panini Maker (aka George Foreman Grill). Here’s what we made and have now become hooked on!

For the adults-

Ingredients:
-Pre-sliced Rye Bread
-Cracked Pepper Sliced Turkey
-Sliced Provolone
-Avocado
-Sweet & Spicy Mustard (French’s)

Directions:
Make sandwich as desired and add a VERY light amount of olive oil to outside of bread sides to encourage crunchy exterior. Cook about 4 minutes in the George Foreman Grill. Voila! This is really good paired with a light salad.

For the Kids-

Ingredients:
-Pre-sliced French Bread
-Mild Cheddar cheese slices
-One cut hot dog slice in half length-wise

Directions:
Lay the sliced hot dog in between two slices of cheddar cheese on the bread slices. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on outsides of the bread to encourage the crispiness. Cook for several minutes (until golden brown). The kids love this one! It would also be a super easy place to sneak a super healthy pureed veggie mixture in between the cheese slices…



Pssst… as I am sure you know… the George Foreman Grill can cook just about anything you’d cook on the barbeque and can be used year round… just sayin’. ;) Don't have one? I recommend this one from Amazon (get the one with removeable/dishwasher safe grills if you can spend the extra $, it's a HUGE timesaver!):

3 comments:

Aracely--Daytrippingmom July 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

I was invited to a panini bar party a couple of weeks ago and loved it! Thanks for the tip. I'm trying to save some $$$ and I'm going to be investing in a George Foreman grill. Tired of all the money we spend each week eating out. Keep up with the recipe posts! I'm loving them!

JLC July 16, 2009 at 4:38 PM  

How did I miss this post earlier? YUM!

Stephanie July 26, 2009 at 4:35 AM  

Mmmm sounds wonderful. I wonder if I can find a GF grill at a garage sale this summer.

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